What were you doing before joining the United Way?
My background is in public interest law. Over the past decade, I have worked on issues related to land use, the environment, and international development. This work allowed me to share concerns with various decision-makers, from the Los Angeles City Council to the U.S. Supreme Court. Most recently I did this work through my consulting practice, Sustainable Vision Consulting. Before that, I was at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Strumwasser & Woocher LLP, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Why are you interested in working to end chronic and Veteran homelessness in LA County?
I care deeply about issues related to poverty and that passion has been a constant thread throughout all of my work. We have a wonderful opportunity to provide permanent supportive housing to some of the hardest to house and, in doing so, help improve individual lives and our community as a whole.
What are you most excited about in your new role as Program Officer?
Our Home for Good plan is incredibly effective and has achieved real, measurable results. I am excited to be part of such an inspiring initiative, with a talented team of people who believe in the work.
Do you have any hobbies that people would find unexpected?
I have many hobbies but will give you just three: (1) I go hiking every weekend in Griffith Park – I love seeing the mountains, ocean, and city in one large expanse; (2) I belong to two book clubs – we read books ranging in topic from mythology to world politics; and (3) I love to travel – my favorite destinations are Hawaii, Argentina, Morocco, and Turkey.