Grayce Bentley holds a BA in Black Studies from Portland State University, and is currently enrolled in the University of Southern California Suzanne Dwarek-Peck School of Social Work with a concentration in Social Change and Innovation.
She is founder of Healing Hues, LLC, where she draws from her background as a racial, social, and environmental justice advocate to engage communities in health promoting practices such as visual art. As a certified lactation educator counselor and a mother, Grayce shares her love of infant, child, and maternal health with other mothers. Her work seeks to highlight the healing movement that is radical self love, particularly among Black women.
Christine Margiotta, Executive Director
Christine brings over 15 years of experience working on a wide range of issues including homelessness, education, racial and economic justice, and LGBTQ rights. She leverages a blend of collective impact, grantmaking, policy, and community engagement to ensure a more thriving and just Los Angeles.
Prior to joining SVP, Christine was the Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Greater LA, where she led the strategic implementation of their mission to create pathways out of poverty. She designed, launched, and directed Home For Good, the region’s initiative to end homelessness. Home For Good cultivated the collaboration of over 200 cross-sector leaders and leveraged over $1 billion in resources to house 35,000+ of the most vulnerable Angelenos. Her team led the collaborative creation of the Coordinated Entry System (CES) in Los Angeles County, a groundbreaking system built by front-line staff that is now replicated across the country. Home For Good helped accomplish a 59% reduction in veteran homelessness during her tenure.
Her work on the Home For Good Funders Collaborative received the Award for Public/Private Partnerships from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and the Council on Foundations.
Christine is a graduate of Scripps College and received her MSW from UCLA in 2003. She lives in Culver City with her wife, Becky, and their two children, Huck and Vivian, and she serves on the Board of SVPLA Fast Pitch winner Swipe Out Hunger.
Alli commits her energy to working with organizations that have a vision of increasing access to education, social justice, cultural & racial competency and simply improving the quality of life for all.
Alli has extensive experience in project management, administrative operations and event logistics within the non-profit sector. Prior to SVP, Alli worked with the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center and AIDS/LifeCycle for over 10 years, where she learned first hand the importance of developing strategies that create and foster sustainable work environments for employees, which in turn helps them to confidently lead ethical businesses that the world needs more of!
Alli has an M.A. in Management from the University of Redlands and a B.A. in Communications – Public Relations. She is also a certified yoga instructor, a community organizer and 5th generation native of Los Angeles who believes that personal healing is the powerful way towards transformation, on both an individual and community level.
Sharon Stratton, Program Manager
Sharon brings to SVP a background in the social change, innovation, and human rights space in Australia, South Korea, and the U.S.
Prior to joining SVP, she was the New York-based U.S. Program Officer at North Korea Strategy Center U.S., a nonprofit advocacy and research organization dedicated to raising awareness of human rights violations in North Korea. Founded originally in Seoul, Sharon led the establishment of the US presence, driving development and increasing visibility. She designed and managed a first-of-its-kind online storytelling webinar series for North Korean resettled refugees, called ‘Storytellers for Change.’
Sharon began her career supporting social ventures at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Sydney, coordinating a multi-state team delivering Incubator and Accelerator programs, and managing the first revenue-generating program, Action Learning Facilitation Training.
Sharon graduated from the Australian National University in 2011, with a double major in International Relations and Korean language.