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Community Conversations w/Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger
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Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman

Community Conversations w/Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger

Welcome to Community Conversations! A special project to bring you the voices of Los Angeles Community Nonprofit, Civic, Foundation, Elected, Business and Volunteer leadership. In partnership with the Outlook Newspaper Group, we continue our inaugural season with Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger. Supervisor Kathryn Barger proudly serves the residents of the 5th District — Los Angeles County’s largest — spanning over 2,785 square miles, which includes 20 cities and 83 unincorporated communities in the Antelope, San Gabriel, San Fernando, Crescenta, and Santa Clarita Valleys. Kathryn was born and raised in the 5th District and comes from a family with deep roots in public service. She is married to a retired sheriff’s deputy and lives in the San Gabriel Valley. Dedicated to providing effective, responsive representation to the residents of Los Angeles County, Kathryn began her career in public service as a college intern in the office of former Supervisor Antonovich and rose to become his chief deputy in 2001, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors in 2016. She both served as Chair of the Board and was reelected for her second term in 2020. Building upon her work from her time as chief policy advisor on health, mental health, social services, and children’s issues, Kathryn continues to advocate for services and programs to improve the quality of life for foster children, seniors, veterans, those with disabilities, and those with mental illness. Kathryn is committed to keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe, working with federal leaders, law enforcement officials, and judicial officers to implement vital public safety initiatives. She is an advocate for the environment and has spearheaded efforts to preserve open space and enhance parks, trails, and recreational programs and facilities, as well as libraries and after-school programs to serve local communities. She has hosted several trail rides and hikes to connect with the community throughout her district. With a strong sense of fiscal responsibility, Kathryn is dedicated to providing vital county services while protecting financial resources as a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. Kathryn serves on the boards of Metrolink, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North County Transportation Coalition, High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, National Association of Counties’ Large Urban County Caucus, Southern California Association of Governments, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, California State Association of Counties, Local Agency Formation Commission, and Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission. Thank you for joining the conversation! Extraordinary individuals with extraordinary stories to share. #weedmanbaltazar @joncweedman #communityconversationsweedman #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #mrweedmaninthecommunity #weedmancommunityconversations #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #SupervisorKathrynBarger #Kathrynbarger #Lacountyboard ofsupervisors #southerncaliforniagrantmakers #outlooknewspapers
Community Conversations w/Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Honorable Jan Perry
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Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman

Community Conversations w/Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Honorable Jan Perry

Welcome to Community Conversations! A special project to bring you the voices of Los Angeles Community Nonprofit, Civic, Foundation, Elected, Business and Volunteer leadership. In partnership with the Outlook Newspaper Group, we continue our inaugural season with the Honorable Jan Perry, former member of the Los Angeles City Council, Civic Leader and Candidate for the 37th Congressional District for the United States House of Representatives. Jan Perry has served Los Angeles for over 30 years, fueled with a passion for affordable housing, continuum of care for unhoused people, urban wetlands development, parks restoration, and infrastructure. Currently the Executive Director of Shelter Partnership, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has distributed a quarter of a billion dollars of non-perishable goods at the forefront of Los Angeles’ response to the homeless crisis since 1985. The organization also serves as a leading consultant on homeless programs and policy, supporting entities like the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), as well as state and local government. Jan concurrently serves as Executive Director of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, where she recently led formation of critical union alliances (IBEW, Teamsters). These alliances were essential in developing a $300M southern California port infrastructure initiative to leverage renewable energy sources. Additionally, a regional distribution strategy emerged for transloading/goods movement, reducing traffic and emissions while increasing the number of jobs. From 2001-2013, Perry served as a Los Angeles City Councilperson in District 9, which includes Downtown, Little Tokyo, and South LA. She oversaw projects that dramatically re-shaped the Downtown area. Perry also shepherded the development of nearly 6,000 units of affordable and supportive housing in her district. A key aspect of her work as an elected official included extensive analysis of proposed budgets and financial statements. Ms. Perry’s leadership over 12 years brought in $15B in private investment, $25M in new tax revenue for the City of Los Angeles, and 90,000 full-time jobs. In 2019 Jan Perry was appointed by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD), leading an agency of 180 employees. EWDD provides a broad range of programs offering assistance to businesses, job seekers and disconnected youth. All of EWDD’s programs are designed to help build local business and strengthen the workforce. Jan Perry brings unique talents in government relations: public-private partnerships; design, funding, legislation, development, and realization of major economic, environmental, and community programs; human and social services; and initiatives for renewable energy, habitat development, natural resources, and environmental stewardship. Her areas of focus as a board member include infrastructure and housing development, engineering, healthcare, technology, and organizations focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Board Background Governing Board Member, South Coast Air Quality Management Board Member, V-Relyt, startup STEM nonprofit Board Member, Shakespeare Festival of Los Angeles Board Member, Black Women for Positive Change Board Member, Speech and Language Institute Numerous community and political committee appointments Jan Perry holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with honors from the University of Southern California. Thank you for joining the conversation! Extraordinary individuals with extraordinary stories to share. #weedmanbaltazar #communityconversationsweedman #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #weedmancommunityconversations #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #outlooknewspapers #centerfornonprofitmanagement #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #mrweedmaninthecommunity #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #Shakespearefestivalla #Blackwomenforpositivechange #Speechandlanguageinstitute
Community Conversations w/Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Richard Ayoub, CEO, Project Angel Food
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Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman

Community Conversations w/Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Richard Ayoub, CEO, Project Angel Food

Welcome to Community Conversations! A special project to bring you the voices of Los Angeles Community Nonprofit, Civic, Foundation, Elected, Business and Volunteer leadership. In partnership with the Outlook Newspaper Group, we continue our inaugural season with Richard Ayoub, CEO, Project Angel Food. Richard is an energetic force who exemplifies what it is to lead with love. He joined Project Angel Food in May 2016 after serving as Interim Executive Director for six months. He is the Past Chair of the California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC) and is on the Advisory Council of the Food Is Medicine Coalition (FIMC), a national association of medically tailored food and nutrition service providers. During Richard’s tenure at Project Angel Food, he has more than doubled the amount of clients served from 1,050 to 2,300 a day! He is a 2021 Los Angeles Business Journal Award nominee for Nonprofit Executive of the Year, a KNX Hero, and was awarded Executive of the Year by Los Angeles Blade Magazine. In 2018, he also received an LGBT Leadership Award by the Los Angeles City Council, was named a Stratiscope Impact Maker, received the 2018 Community Service Award by the Rotary Club and the Humanitarian of The Year Award at The Sue Wong Academy Gala. His leadership propelled Project Angel Food to be selected Nonprofit of The Year by State Senator Ben Allen, the City of West Hollywood, and LA Blade readers in 2019, 2020, and 2021. With his guidance, commitment to excellence and to our clients, Project Angel Food earned the highest rating on Charity Navigator- 4 Stars in 2020, and 2021. Richard was raised in El Paso, Texas and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is an Emmy-award winning television and news producer, who was has run newsrooms in Texas, Arizona, Florida and Los Angeles, in addition to the syndicated magazine show Extra. In July of 2020, he used those skills to executive produce Project Angel Food’s Lead with Love Telethon on KTLA 5. Richard is a hands-on leader who frequently delivers meals, sometimes on his own, and sometimes with elected like Congressman Adam Schiff, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and L.A. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell; or celebrities such as Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, or the Duke & Duchess of Sussex - Harry & Meghan. But Richard says that the real stars are Project Angel Food’s clients. Thank you for joining the conversation! Extraordinary individuals with extraordinary stories to share. #weedmanbaltazar #communityconversationsweedman #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #weedmancommunityconversations #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #outlooknewspapers #centerfornonprofitmanagement #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #mrweedmaninthecommunity #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #projectangelfood #richardayoub
Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Henry A.J. Ramos/Inaugural Season
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Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman

Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Henry A.J. Ramos/Inaugural Season

Welcome to Community Conversations! A special project to bring you the voices of Los Angeles Community Nonprofit, Civic, Foundation, Elected, Business and Volunteer leadership. In partnership with the Outlook Newspaper Group, we continue our inaugural season with Mr. Henry A.J. Ramos, Senior Fellow, Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School. Henry A.J. Ramos is a public intellectual specializing in equitable investment, policy innovation, social justice history, and creative culture issues. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy, an applied research entity based at The New School. In addition, he is a visual artist and writer, a longtime senior editor and project consultant at the University of Houston-based Arte Público Press, and a philanthropic practitioner and thought leader. Over the years, Ramos has served on the program staffs of the Ford Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Levi Strauss Foundation. He is also a past board member of various important public serving institutions, including the Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Hispanic Policy, the Women’s Foundation of California, the Romare Bearden Foundation, and Advancing Justice for Asian Americans (formerly the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium). During 2009-2015, he served as an appointee of former California Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, Jr. on the statewide Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges system, the nation’s largest system of public higher education. Ramos received a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley School of Law. Thank you for joining the conversation! Extraordinary individuals with extraordinary stories to share. #weedmanbaltazar #communityconversationsweedman #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #weedmancommunityconversations #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #outlooknewspapers #centerfornonprofitmanagement #weedmanbaltazar #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #mrweedmaninthecommunity #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook
Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Shelley Miles, Episode 8/Inaugural Season
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Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman

Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Shelley Miles, Episode 8/Inaugural Season

Welcome to Community Conversations! A special project to bring you the voices of Los Angeles Community Nonprofit, Civic, Foundation, Elected, Business and Volunteer leadership. In partnership with the Outlook Newspaper Group, we continue our inaugural season with Ms. Shelley Miles, CEO of the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship. The Singleton Foundation was created to tackle one of the most pervasive problems facing our nation today. Financial incompetence. Over two-thirds of Americans are unable to pass a basic financial literacy test; tens of millions of Americans are in serious debt, and the issue looms as an ominous threat to America’s future. The Singleton Foundation was created to address this issue and has worked hard to bring financial literacy and knowledge to thousands of individuals. In this Community Conversation we will talk with their CEO, Shelley Miles. Shelley has spent over 30 years leading the growth and development of entertainment and technology businesses including at the Walt Disney Company, where she started the interactive game business and managed the Recorded Music and Music Publishing businesses. Shelley was one of the founders of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, and has served on the boards of non-profits including the National Children’s Chorus and the Ronald McDonald House Southern California. Shelley is a USC alumna and California CPA. Thank you for joining the conversation! Extraordinary individuals with extraordinary stories to share. Happy New Year! #weedmanbaltazar #communityconversationsweedman #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #weedmancommunityconversations #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #singletonfoundation #shelleymiles #financialliteracy #financialcompetence #southerncaliforniagrantmakers #outlooknewspapers #centerfornonprofitmanagement #weedmanbaltazar #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #mrweedmaninthecommunity #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook
Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Deidre Lind, Episode 7/Inaugural Season
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Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman

Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Deidre Lind, Episode 7/Inaugural Season

Welcome to Community Conversations! A special project to bring you the voices of Los Angeles Community Nonprofit, Civic, Foundation, Elected, Business and Volunteer leadership. In partnership with the Outlook Newspaper Group, we continue our inaugural season with Ms. Deidre Lind, President of the Mayor’s Fund of Los Angeles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Deidre is truly a daughter of our great city. She is an award-winning and much admired philanthropic leader, who served as Founding President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and who has created impact-driven public/private partnerships focused on innovation. She returned to the role in March 2020 to lead the organization in its unprecedented COVID-19 response efforts, which have served as a national model of excellence to cities for how to deal with the devasting impact of the virus. Ms. Lind currently serves as the Founding President and Executive Director of the California Volunteers Fund in partnership with the California Volunteers Department, of the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom. Ms. Lind has built her career over two decades leading corporate responsibility and philanthropy programs, including for over a decade as Mattel’s Chief Global Social Impact Strategist where she launched Mattel’s two-percent pre-tax profit annual commitment, and delivered the Company’s first global sustainability assessment. Ms. Lind has held served as the President of a private foundation and has consulted with a number of corporate clients and government entities. She currently serves on the Board of the Social Impact Fund and the Public Policy Committees of LA’s BEST, an afterschool enrichment program, and Southern California Grantmakers. In 2021, Ms. Lind served as Co-Chair of the Working Group coordinating the Council on Foundation’s virtual Annual Conference, Leading Together. Ms. Lind received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Masters degrees in both Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Thank you for joining the conversation! Extraordinary individuals with extraordinary stories to share. #weedmanbaltazar @joncweedman #communityconversationsweedman #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #mrweedmaninthecommunity #weedmancommunityconversations #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #deidrelinds #mayorsfundoflosangeles #ericgarcetti #losangelescityhall #southerncaliforniagrantmakers #outlooknewspapers
Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Bobbi Abram, Episode 6/Inaugural Season.
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Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman

Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Bobbi Abram, Episode 6/Inaugural Season.

Welcome to Community Conversations! A special project to bring you the voices of Los Angeles Community Nonprofit, Civic, Foundation, Elected, Business and Volunteer leadership. In partnership with the Outlook Newspaper Group, we continue our inaugural season with Ms. Bobbi Abram, Executive Director of the Pasadena City College Foundation. Having joined PCC in 2012, Bobbi spent most of her career in non-profit and higher education fundraising and administration in the Kansas City area, moving to Pasadena and joining PCC in 2012. Bobbi accepted the challenge of leading the Pasadena City College Foundation during the time when California community college funding was declining, student demand for classes was high, and waiting lists to get the class you wanted was the norm. Since 2012, Bobbi has led the PCC Foundation in a major strategic planning effort that changed the organizational infrastructure of the Foundation, which included the implementation of the PCC Celebrates Gala event that celebrated the College’s 90th anniversary in 2015. In 2020, the PCC Foundation completed the college’s first comprehensive major gifts campaign, the IMPACT Campaign. With a goal of raising $10 million for scholarships, arts, athletics and career education, the campaign concluded in March 2020 having surpassed its goal, raising over $16 million. In surprising news in 2021, the PCC Foundation was named as one of MacKenzie Scott’s “286 voices the world needs to hear”. Bobbi has served as President of the California Network of Community College Foundations Board of Directors. She has served her local community as President of the Board of the Convalescent Aid Society, a non-profit organization that provides the free loan of durable medical equipment and the board for the San Gabriel Valley Grief Resource & Training Center, who provide affordable grief counseling to support healing through the grief process. On October 30, 2021, Bobbi is celebrating her 13th anniversary as a live kidney donor! ❤️ Thank you for joining the conversation! Extraordinary individuals with extraordinary stories to share. #weedmanbaltazar @joncweedman #communityconversationsweedman #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #mrweedmaninthecommunity #weedmancommunityconversations #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #bobbiabram #PCC #Pasadenacitycollegefoundation #pasadena #Mackenziescott #pasadenacommunity #outlooknewspapers
Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: June Simmons, Episode 5/Inaugural Season.
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Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman

Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: June Simmons, Episode 5/Inaugural Season.

Welcome to Community Conversations! A special project to bring you the voices of Los Angeles Community Nonprofit, Civic, Foundation, Elected, Business and Volunteer leadership. In partnership with Outlook Newspaper Group, we continue our inaugural season with June Simmons, President and CEO of Partners in Care Foundation. Since founding Partners in Care Foundation in 1997, June has pioneered the development and scaling of evidence-based innovative interventions for the management of medications at home, self-management of chronic conditions, coordinated care to improve health outcomes, and care transitions. Throughout her distinguished career, she has been instrumental in envisioning, creating, funding, and operating forward-looking health and social service programs that meet the mutual needs of patient populations, health care delivery networks and health plans. Her priority is sustainable patient-driven integration of care across settings, from primary care and hospital to home and community in the 21st century. June serves on the board of the National Council on Aging. She has been honored by numerous organizations including the California Social Work Hall of Distinction, as the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition 2019 Champion and Redefining American Healthcare Award by the Healthcare Leadership Council in 2020. In 2021 she was named Co-Chair of the National Aligning Social Care Workgroup, a member of the Executive Roundtable, Cynosure Health Executive Leadership, and to the Advisory Board of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. In this interview, June shares her unique perspective, knowledge and understanding about the most urgent issues facing healthcare in our world today. Thank you for joining the conversation! Extraordinary individuals with extraordinary stories to share. #weedmanbaltazar @joncweedman #communityconversationsweedman #podcast #losangeles #nonprofit #jointheconversation #mrweedmanlacommunity #communityfirst #mrweedmaninthecommunity #weedmancommunityconversations #conversationsfromla #communitybyoutlook #partnersincarefoundation #junesimmons
Community Conversations with Jonathan Weedman - Guest: Charles Dickerson, Episode 4/Inaugural Season