Ludovic Blain

Co-Executive Director

Ludovic is the Co-Executive Director of the California Donor Table. Previously, Ludovic was Program Manager for the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative. He was the founding Director of StopDogWhistleRacism.com, exposing racism during the 2008 election. Ludovic worked with Denmark’s ruling party to oppose a right-wing strategy that used racism and xenophobia to erode public support for progressive policies. He has also led capacity-building work in Haiti, in Canada and in the Gambia.

Ludovic is a graduate of the Industrial Areas Foundation Training and Rockwood Leadership Institute. He serves on several boards, including the American Values Institute, NYPIRG Fund and Proteus Fund.


Nicole Boucher

Co-Executive Director

Nicole is the Co- Executive Director of the California Donor Table, a network supporting a diverse and powerful progressive movement to ensure California has a democracy that works for all its people. In her role at CDT, Nicole partners with a broad base of funders, political donors, labor leaders, practitioners and state and local community leaders to invest in and support the civic engagement and electoral priorities of California’s new majority communities. As a native Californian, multiracial Pacific Islander and first generation high school and college graduate, she has a deep commitment to equity, and brings over fifteen years’ experience advancing racial, economic and climate justice with organizations including Vote Solar, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Urban Habitat and PolicyLink.

Nicole serves on the boards of Groundswell Action Fund, Outdoor Afro, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), and is an advisor to Threshold Foundation’s Climate Strategies Funding Circle.


Irene Kao

Strategist

Irene is a racial equity consultant with over fifteen years of experience working in immigrant and refugee support services, public housing, early childhood education, media and philanthropy.  She has advised funders and donor collaboratives, developed racial equity evaluation systems, piloted and launched new programs, managed organizational transitions, led marketing and communications campaigns and raised millions in grant funding and new business revenue for equity-focused enterprises.  Irene lives in Oakland, where she reads speculative fiction in the vein of Octavia Butler, listens to music and enjoys time with her family.


Sylvie Lerner

Senior Executive Assistant

Sylvie has experience organizing around issues of housing, education and labor. She has directed large-scale canvasses and political campaigns and has developed worker organizers to lead a major union win and contract ratification process. She has also worked with young people to develop their political framework and recognize their organizing and leadership capacity. Sylvie is passionate about connecting people and ideas. She uses her experience to cultivate spaces in which community- developed solutions are support and explored. When not working, Sylvie spends her time outdoors and boxing.