John Kobara

California Community Foundation 

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

After serving 5 years on the Board of Directors, John was appointed Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF) in 2008. Founded in 1915, CCF is the 65th largest foundation in the nation with more than $1.8 billion in assets. CCF is focused on creating equitable opportunities for LA County’s most vulnerable residents as well as assisting high net worth families pursue their philanthropic visions.

John has given hundreds of workshops and presentations for Fortune 500 corporations, universities, professional associations, non-profits, and community organizations all over the world. He posts his ideas, thoughts and recommendations on his popular blog

John has lead and managed diverse and complex non-profit and for-profit organizations. John was engaged in three pioneering start-ups traversing education and entertainment. He regards himself as a social entrepreneur who specializes in building successful and growing organizations through innovation and a focus on social outcomes. John currently serves on the boards of the  Japanese American National Museum, MLK Community Hospital Foundation, SCGA Junior Foundation and Walden University.

John received the 2014 Southern California Grantmakers JAG Leadership Award. The 2011 Trailblazer Award from the US Pan Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, John was honored for distinguished public service with the Coro of Southern California Crystal Eagle award. And in 2007, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave John the City of Angels award for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in LA and earned degrees from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College.

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