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The Durfee Foundation Announces 2014/2015 Stanton Fellows

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Durfee Foundation of Santa Monica, California has announced the 2014/2015 recipients of its Stanton Fellowships to Los Angeles nonprofit leaders. They are:

  • Omar Brownson, Executive Director, LA River Revitalization Corporation
  • Debra Duardo, Executive Director, Student Health & Human Services, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Madeline Janis, Co-Founder and National Policy Director, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
  • Joe Lyou, President and CEO, Coalition for Clean Air
  • Adam Murray, Executive Director, Inner City Law Center
  • Gregory Rodriguez, Publisher and Executive Director, Zócalo Public Square

“We are thrilled to announce the new class of Stanton Fellows. They are among L.A.’s most innovative thinkers, and each is pursuing a project vital to the well-being of people in Los Angeles,” said Carrie Avery, president of the Durfee Foundation.

The Stanton Fellowship Program provides the six fellows with $75,000 each over a two-year period to think deeply about the intractable problems in their sector, and to tease out solutions. Funds can be used for travel, research, salaries, consultants’ fees or other expenses related to the Fellowship inquiry.

“The Stanton Fellowships buy leaders time to leverage their deep knowledge and extensive contacts,” added Durfee Foundation executive director Claire Peeps. “Over time, we hope the Stanton Fellows will help to chart a new course for Los Angeles.”

The Stanton Fellowships were created to allow leaders to work on “big picture” issues in their field -- whether it is in the arts, health, environment, economic justice or affordable housing. The fellowship encourages cross-sector collaboration, as fellows from distinct fields learn about each others’ work, and help one another brainstorm and problem-solve. Over the course of two years, Fellows spend approximately three months away from the pressing, day-to- day demands of running their organizations to delve deeply into a challenging question that, if solved, could make Los Angeles a better place.

A short description of the Stanton Fellows’ projects follows each bio. Additional information about the program, including biographies and photos of recipients and descriptions of all six projects, as well as information about past Stanton Fellows, is available at

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