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Updates from the Committee for Greater L.A.

Friday, May 29, 2020

As communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis, a new foundation-inspired effort has launched to inform the roadmap for a just recovery. The Committee for Greater L.A. is a collaboration between philanthropy, nonprofits, business, labor, Los Angeles City and County, other L.A. cities, and researchers from UCLA and USC. As the fiscal sponsor of the project, SCG serves as its philanthropic liaison and partner.

The goal of the project is to ensure that L.A. County communities most impacted by the pandemic are at the center of a recovery that will ultimately ensure they will be better off than they were before the crisis. The project also seeks to enable greater coordination in crisis response among civic institutions and leaders.

The committee plans to issue a report in July that will draw on key data regarding disparate impacts in vulnerable communities, identify critical issues, and make recommendations for action. Employing a racial justice framework, the report is intended to contribute to the broader discussion about how to build a more equitable and inclusive L.A. County for all.

Some of the data the committee receives during the investigative process may be too urgent to wait for the release of the final report—particularly if the data and analysis can inform current decision-making and change behaviors that can save lives now. 


Interim Status Report to Philanthropy Partners (July 8, 2020)


Interim Status Report to Philanthropy Partners (July 2, 2020)


Interim Status Report to Philanthropy Partners (June 24, 2020)


Interim Status Report to Philanthropy Partners (June 10, 2020)


Research Contributions to the Committee for Greater L.A., Gary Segura, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (June 9, 2020)


Interim Status Report to Philanthropy Partners (May 27, 2020)


Interim Status Report to Philanthropy Partners (May 13, 2020)


COVID-19 and the Crisis: Vulnerabilities in Los Angeles, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (May 5, 2020) 


Participation in the U.S. Census is Falling Behind, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (April 30, 2020)


The Committee for Greater LA includes: 
Volunteer Steering Committee

Miguel A. Santana, Chair; President and CEO, Fairplex
Fred Ali, President and CEO, Weingart Foundation
Raul Anaya, President, Bank of America – Greater Los Angeles
Monica Banken, Family and Children’s Deputy, Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Charisse Bremond-Weaver, President and CEO, LA Brotherhood Crusade
Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
Lian Cheun, Executive Director, Khmer Girls in Action
Fesia Davenport, Chief Operating Officer, County of Los Angeles
Debra Duardo, Superintendent, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Sarah Dusseault, Chair, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission
Anna Hovasapian, Legislative Director, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez
Gita Murthy Cugley, CEO, Gita Cugley & Associates
Matt Szabo, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor Eric Garcetti
Judith Vasquez, Senior Advisor to Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
April Verret, President, SEIU Local 2015
Jacqueline Waggoner, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners 

Academic Partners

Gary Segura, Dean, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA
Manuel Pastor, Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, USC
Rhonda Ortiz, Managing Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, USC 



Annenberg Foundation
Ballmer Group
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
California Community Foundation
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The John Randolph Haynes Foundation
Smidt Foundation
Weingart Foundation 

Funding Issue Area & Geographic Regions