Struggling to Stay Afloat: The Real Cost Measure in San Diego County, California 2019

Friday, February 21, 2020
12:00pm - 2:00pm PST
The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd #200, San Diego, CA 92106
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Join San Diego Grantmakers, United Ways of California (UWCA), and United Way of San Diego County for a community conversation about the Real Cost of living in San Diego, and the challenges facing low-income households. In 2019, UWCA released Struggling to Stay Afloat: The Real Cost Measure in California, a new poverty report that measures the real costs of living in California communities. Unlike the official poverty measure, the Real Cost Measure factors the costs of basic needs to determine what it really costs to live in California.

Whether you are interested in funding housing, food, health care, child care or other basic needs, you will have an opportunity to hear from local leaders speaking on the issue of financial security through the lens of race, gender, and geography, to help participants address solutions to strengthen well-being in our community. 

Lunch will be served. If you require any accommodations in order to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected].

Featured Speakers

Henry Gascon, Director of Program and Policy Development at United Ways of California, conducts policy research and analysis, leads communication strategies and assists with organizational operations. Mr. Gascon is a co-author of The Real Cost Measure in California report. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration specializing in policy analysis from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.



Sarah Bowles is Vice President, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she is responsible for philanthropic strategy and grantmaking efforts in Southern California. In this role, she partners with nonprofit organizations with demonstrated success in one of the firm’s four focus areas: workforce development, small business growth, financial capability and community development, all aimed at expanding inclusive economic opportunity.  



Tony Teravainen, USN (Ret.), assumed the position as President and CEO of Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) in 2014, after serving as a STEP board member and volunteer since 2009. Under Tony’s guidance, STEP has assisted more than 5,000 military and veteran families in financial crisis move to self-sufficiency through financial counseling and $1.7 million in issued grants. Tony holds undergraduate degrees in business management and nuclear engineering, as well as a master’s degree in executive leadership from The University of San Diego.  




Roberto Alcantar joined the Chicano Federation as Chief Strategy Officer in April of 2019. Roberto was raised in the San Ysidro community of San Diego and continues to be an active member of his community. Roberto graduated from UC Berkeley with a Political Science and Public Policy degree. He has worked in the non-profit sector as an advocate for underserved communities and has extensive policy, legislative, government affairs and organizational strategy experience. 



Sara Jacobs is the Founder and Chair of San Diego for Every Child, a diverse coalition of organizations, community leaders, champions and advocates, families and caregivers, all committed to elevating awareness about the prevalence of child poverty across our region, and finding ways to solve it. The coalition is on a mission to change the way we address child poverty as a community, envisioning a San Diego where every child has access to healthy food, stable housing, reliable healthcare, and quality childcare and early education. 


For over 35 years, Nancy Sasaki has demonstrated leadership, compassion, innovation, and excellence in the nonprofit sector, profoundly affecting the lives of the underserved – the poor, working poor, children and homeless. She currently serves as the CEO of United Way of San Diego County, a nonprofit organization which works to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future.