Community Conversations

Gender Disparities in the Pandemic

In partnership with Los Altos Women’s Caucus, Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation presents a virtual Community Conversation series focusing on the pandemic’s disproportionate effects on women.

This series will comprise three online events, each focusing on a specific topic:

  • Session 1: Mental Health / Taking Care of Yourself
  • Session 2: Childcare & Eldercare / Taking Care of Your Loved Ones
  • Session 3: Workforce & Employment / Taking Care of Your Career

Duanni Hurd

President, and CEO of Starlight Caregivers

Duanni Hurd is a co-founder, President, and CEO of Starlight Caregivers. This private duty home care organization was founded in 2013 and licensed in CA, providing home care and care management services for aging adults and disabled individuals. Duanni spent over a dozen years as a business development executive with major tech companies before stepping aside to pursue her passion for servicing the vulnerable. She is also a registered administrator for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) and a registered administrator for Adult Residential Care Facilities (ARF) in California, as well as a certified care manager (CMC).

Mouna Raad

Education Manager,Parents Helping Parents

Mouna Raad is an Education Manager at Parents Helping Parents. In addition to supporting families through the educational process in-and-outs, she is a parent herself to four amazing adults. Mouna's background includes international regulatory affairs and teaching languages.

September Jarrett

Program Officer for the Education Program, Heising-Simons Foundation

September Jarrett is a program officer for the Education program of the Heising-Simons Foundation, focusing on policy and systems change in California. Before her work at the Foundation, September served as executive director of the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education and program director at the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund. Early in her career, she helped develop the Child Care Facilities Fund of the Low Income Investment Fund, an award-winning public-private partnership designed to expand the supply of high-quality early care and education facilities.


Dr. Heidi Emberling

Deputy Chief of Early Learning, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County

Dr. Heidi Emberling is Deputy Chief of Early Learning at FIRST 5 Santa Clara County. She has worked in Early Learning and Care for more than 20 years, focusing on supporting young children, families, and early educators. Before FIRST 5, Dr. Emberling was Director at Parents Place, a Jewish Family & Children's Services program, where she worked for 16 years.

Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors!
To learn more about our events and annual sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laurel Iverson, Development:


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AAUW, Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE), City of Los Altos, Day Worker Center of Mountain View, First 5 Santa Clara County, Forum Health Fund, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Los Altos Town Crier, Los Altos Village Association, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, Parents Helping Parents, Senior Inclusion and Participation Project (SIPP), StarLight CareGivers

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