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Peer Group - Los Angeles Funders' Collaborative: Water, Equity, and Smart Growth in Los Angeles County

Friday, July 7, 2017
11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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The Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee invites you and other interested funders for a lunchtime conversation on building sustainable, equitable, and healthy communities in Los Angeles. This conversation builds upon our previous funder briefings held in partnership with Southern California Grantmakers on building healthy, equitable communities, equitable transportation, climate change and billions for smart growth. This gathering is an opportunity to learn, share, and build relationships with other funders interested in the intersection of these issues.  

During this year’s funders’ lunch, we’ll have a “Water 101” conversation, getting an overview of water in Los Angeles County and how it relates to smart growth related issues of climate change, public health, disadvantaged communities, housing, transportation, parks and open space. You’ll learn about strategies where funders can make a difference, including through funder collaboration. 

The Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative was launched in 2011. The Collaborative aims to harness the changes being catalyzed by landmark transportation and environmental policies to create equitable, healthy, sustainable communities in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative is an initiative of a statewide network of funders called Smart Growth California and the national Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.  It is also a peer group of the Southern California Grantmakers

For more information, contact Ron Milam, who coordinates the Los Angeles Funders' Collaborative: [email protected], (213) 452-6278.


  • Liz Crosson, Water Policy Advisor, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
  • Wade Crowfoot, Chief Executive Officer, Water Foundation
  • Mark Gold, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA



Liz Crosson, Water Policy Advisor, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Liz Crosson is the Water Policy Advisor for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. She joined the Mayor's Office of Sustainability after serving as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Waterkeeper for five years. She works with city departments and outside stakeholders to achieve the ambitious local water goals set forth in the Sustainable City pLAn, including reducing per capita water use by 20% by 2017 and locally sourcing 50% of L.A.'s water supply by 2035. At Waterkeeper, she led the organization's efforts to protect, conserve, and restore Los Angeles' waterways through advocacy, community education, and litigation. She previously worked as an associate attorney with Lawyers for Clean Water, Inc. where she represented non-profit organizations in water pollution enforcement actions.  Crosson has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley where she studied Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. She also has an M.S. in Biology/Environmental Education and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School with an emphasis in environmental law.


Wade Crowfoot, Chief Executive Officer, Water Foundation

Wade Crowfoot directs the Water Foundation and leads its transition into an independent organization early in 2017. Crowfoot brings more than 20 years of public policy and environmental experience to his role, with expertise in water, climate, and sustainability issues. He came to the Water Foundation from California Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration, where he served since 2011, most recently as Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor to Governor Brown, leading the administration’s drought response efforts. Before joining the Brown Administration, he was West Coast Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a Senior Environmental Advisor to former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.




Mark Gold, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

Mark Gold formerly served as President of the environmental group Heal the Bay, and was their first employee hired 20 years ago. Gold received his Bachelors and Masters in Biology and his doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA. He has been inducted into the UCLA School of Public Health Hall of Fame, and has received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and the Aspen Institute Catto Fellowship. He has worked extensively over the last 20 years in the field of coastal protection and water pollution. Gold served on the USEPA Urban Stormwater Federal Advisory Committee and was the vice chair of the California Ocean Science Trust and is vice chair of the National Estuary Program’s Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.



No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Grantmaking institutions with over $250K annual giving budget

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).


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