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Government and Philanthropy Join Forces to Launch New Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships

Friday, April 1, 2016

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2016

Susan Dunn, Southern California Grantmakers, (818) 384-7781
Barbara Osborn, LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, (323) 683-1160
Rachel Estrada, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, (213) 974-4111

Government and Philanthropy Join Forces to Launch New Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships

Kate Anderson to Lead Pioneering Partnership Focused on Child Welfare

Los Angeles, CA -- LA County and local philanthropic institutions will launch the first-ever Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, a jointly established and funded office that will focus on child welfare. The office will report to the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection (OCP).

Michael Nash, Director of the County's Office of Child Protection, announced that Kate Anderson, a longtime child advocate, will lead The Center. Anderson's appointment is effective April 1st.

"This is the first time LA County has established and staffed an office of this type in partnership with local philanthropic institutions. I am optimistic about our combined ability to better meet the needs of our most vulnerable children," said Michael Nash, Director of the County's Office of Child Protection, "and Kate is the exact combination of smarts, leadership, and passion for children that we need to lead this pioneering partnership."

The Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships was jointly established and will be jointly funded by LA County government and local foundations. Anderson was hired with input from the LA County Board of Supervisors, the OCP and a group of philanthropic partners, led by Southern California Grantmakers (SCG). Anderson will lead a staff of three.

Anderson will be charged with synergistically and strategically combining the two sectors' planning, resources and expertise to improve child welfare. In addition, Anderson will develop and strengthen new and existing partnerships to leverage federal, state and private dollars to serve LA¹s youth, families and communities.

Anderson has advocated for better policies and systems for LA youth, working with area nonprofits and as Director of Children Now, where she connected the organization's policy work to the community.  In addition, Anderson previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Jane Harman. Trained as an attorney, she also served as Counsel to the U.S. Congress, Government Reform Committee, in Wash., D.C.

The motion to create The Center was authored last October by County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl. Supervisor Solis said: "The purpose of this newly created role is to ensure a meaningful dialogue between our County entities and philanthropic foundations. I am pleased we now have the opportunity to work towards even greater collaboration. By working together, I know we can improve the quality of life and access to opportunities for the children and families of LA County."

Supervisor Kuehl, added: "I am so excited about this new Center. It represents exactly the kind of innovation we want more of in LA County. We all see the problems facing our County's young people, especially our most vulnerable children, but it is only when we work together that we can we solve those problems."

According to Christine Essel, President/CEO of SCG, Anderson's appointment and the establishment of the new Center reflect a growing number of city and county governments collaborating with local philanthropic institutions. "Philanthropy has stepped up in a truly powerful way, providing their collective support to improve the health and well-being of children in our region," she said. "We see this effort as a national model of 'civic philanthropy,' as more foundations join with government to take action on the issues that matter most to our communities."

Thirteen local foundations have joined with SCG in this effort to date: The Ahmanson Foundation; Annenberg Foundation; Pritzker Foster Care Initiative; Blue Shield of California Foundation; California Community Foundation; The California Endowment; Community Partners; Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; David Bohnett Foundation; Liberty Hill Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation; The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; and Weingart Foundation. SCG will serve as the fiscal agent for the new Center. The initiation of collaborative efforts between government and philanthropy was a recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection.