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A Collective Impact Case Study of the Los Angeles River

Thursday, May 29, 2014
11:30am - 2:00pm PDT
Luxe Sunset Hotel
11461 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90049
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A Collective Impact Case Study of the Los Angeles River: 
How Philanthropy, Government and Community are Leveraging Resources to
Transform the LA River 
into a Cultural, Social and Economic Force for Good 

Join the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP) for a convening on public/private philanthropic collaboration, with LA's dynamic Los Angeles River Revitalization Corps as a case study. This is a model of innovation attracting national attention and is happening in our own backyard. An expert panel discussion will be followed by robust roundtable discussions led by cross-sector leaders in philanthropy, government and the local community.    

SCG members are eligible to participate at the discounted AiP member rate! 

There will also be an LA-AiP Board Member Meet & Greet from 11:00 am to 11:30 am to learn more about AiP and how you can participate in helping to increase the scale and quality of philanthropy in Los Angeles. RSVP is required and there is no additional charge for this pre-event. You can confirm or decline your attendance on the registration form.

Roundtable Leaders:

Darya Allen-Attard, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley; Board Member LA-AiP
Regina Birdsell, President & CEO, SoCal Center for Nonprofit Management
Omar Brownson, Executive Director, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation
Mike Colosimo, Co-Founder and CEO, thrdPlace
Rafael Gonzalez, Director of Best Start, First 5 LA
Timothy Karsten, Advisory Board Member, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation and Director, Karsten Family Foundation
Rachel Kropa, Co-Executive Director, Creative Artists Agency Foundation
Jennifer Pippard, Interim Director of Community Investments, First 5 LA
Barbara Romero, Commissioner, City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works and Board Member, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation
Misty Sanford, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Amelia Dupre; Williamson, Founder, AWA Consults



Omar Brownson
Executive Director, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation

Mr. Brownson joined the LA River Revitalization Corporation in January 2011 as its first executive director. He is responsible for marshaling the human, capital, and natural resources necessary to create and sustain responsible investments along the river corridor. He has dedicated his career to improving urban communities, spanning institutional investment, real estate development, and public policy. He is also chairman of the Liberty Hill Foundation’s board of directors and a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, where he is committed to the betterment of Los Angeles for all.

Mayer Dahan
Founder and CEO, Dahan Properties

Mayer Dahan is a Los Angeles Real Estate Developer who is inspired by his fresh eye for harmonized modern architecture and eco-friendly living. He is the CEO of Dahan Properties, managing partner of Prime Five Homes, revolutionary entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist. Since Founding Dahan Properties, Mayer has played an integral role in the modernizing of Los Angeles development by building luxurious, eco-friendly, sustainable houses.

Timothy Karsten
Advisory Board Member, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation; Director, Karsten Family Foundation; CEO, TDKA Group; and Creator, Expeditions in Mastery: Adventures that Transform You and Your World

Timothy Karsten works with business and non-profit leaders, wealthy individuals, and wealthy families who are curious about possibilities they hadn’t previously imagined for themselves. Timothy guides his clients to challenge limiting beliefs in their roles as cultural and civic leaders and stewards of wealth, especially related to business, philanthropy, economic, and environmental sustainability.  Since 2000, he has managed the investment portfolio of the Karsten Family Foundation and driven its mission through grant making focused on the environment, education, housing, and empowering girls and women. For over 20 years, Timothy has overseen family trusts, investment strategies, and asset managers.

Barbara Romero
Commissioner, City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works and Board Member, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation

Barbara Romero joins the Board of Public Works after spending more than a decade working for the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA). While there, Romero was instrumental in the development of the 10-acre Vista Hermosa Park, the first natural park in downtown Los Angeles. For her work on that project, Romero received the Los Angeles Business Council’s “Los Angeles Architectural Awards – Civic and Grand Prize” award. She also serves as an executive board member for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation.

Misty Sanford
Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Misty M. Sanford is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Sanford practices real estate and land use law and represents institutional investors, developers, multi-national corporations, nonprofits, public entities and individual entrepreneurs in various transactions. Ms. Sanford has an active pro bono real estate and land use transactional practice assisting nonprofits in acquiring, leasing, developing and preserving land. Ms. Sanford is a founder and treasurer of For People of Color, Inc., and founder and vice chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Ms. Sanford serves on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association and served as president of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission for three years.


Mark Verge
Los Angeles Entrepreneur
Mark Verge is the founder and owner of Westside Rentals is the largest apartment and home finding service in Southern California. He also owns and operates four short-term hotels in the LA area, and is a partner in the bar group "213 Nightlife," which owns and operates over 10 bars and restaurants. Other businesses include Save-Sorb, an organic, cost effective absorbent, used for cleaning up oil spills, gas leaks and all hydrocarbon based spills; Perfect Business helps entrepreneurs develop their business. Mark is very active in the local community and is also involved with Mattel Children's Hospital and a founding member and Hall of Fame inductee to the Venice Historical Society.

Opening Remarks:

Laura Ferretti
Founder, Impact Philanthropy LLC and Board President, LA-AiP

Laura’s community philanthropy experience brings together strategy and impact.  She has led fundraising teams at the Fulfillment Fund and United Way of Greater Los Angeles, realizing significant revenue growth at both organizations.  Through her consulting firm, Impact Philanthropy LLC, Laura has worked with over 40 local, national and international nonprofit organizations and foundations with an approach that is results-oriented: making clear the connection between mission and money, and the respective roles that staff and board members play in building resilient organizations.

Event Producers:

Rafael Gonzalez
Director of Best Start, First 5 LA and Board Member, LA-AiP

Rafael González serves as Director of Best Start Communities for First 5 LA. He is responsible for implementing Best Start's "Building Stronger Families" framework and community capacity building efforts to strengthen families and promote family-supporting communities that contribute to better outcomes for children. Rafael has worked in the spheres of community development, local government, corporate philanthropy, national service, civic engagement, civil rights, immigrant integration and youth development. He shares a common belief with others in the place-based field that by investing in the capacity of our families and the social infrastructure to support them, and by working from the inside out, that parents and other critical community stakeholders will improve the social conditions that impact their neighborhoods.

Amelia Dupre' Williamson
Founder, AWA Consults

Amelia Williamson currently serves as the Founder of AWA Consults, whose mission is to provide philanthropic advising, and brand management to maximize social impact. Amelia is the former President of the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF). In this capacity, Amelia focused on expanding the foundations impact in urban communities across the US by providing strategic leadership, direction and oversight. Amelia serves on the board for the Liberty Hill Foundation and Social Action Partners, as the Chair of affinity group Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, and as an Advisory committee member for CA Community Foundations BLOOM initiative.


About LA-AiP
LA-AiP brings together leaders who care about, are committed to and can influence philanthropy to share ideas and build relationships. It's vision is to increase the scale and quality of philanthropy in Los Angeles. Learn more here.


Who May Participate:
Grantmakers and advisors who are current or eligible members of SCG or AiP.

SCG members: You are eligible to attend at the discounted AiP member rate of $50. Enter the discount code LARIVER.
Not a member of SCG or AiP? The non-member rate is $80.

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