Serving Collaborative Change

Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 9.59.38 PMIn a previous blog post, I wrote about my growing interest in serving collaborative change initiatives in Southern California. Since then, I wrote an article published by OD Practitioner based on my research of collaborative change initiatives. As an organization development practitioner, the focus of my consultant practice serves collaborative initiatives, which include the following:

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Collaborative Leadership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

I recently completed a year-long training process supporting the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Collaborative Leadership program. With DPH taking a lead in designing the overall training framework that consisted of two cohorts with 76 participants, my role was to develop and administer an assessment, design and lead four trainings and provide customized technical assistance to 18 DPH teams. Continue reading

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Smart Growth California

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-11-23-21-amFor the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, I continue coordinating the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative. I wrote a blog post sharing updates on the passage of four ballot measures moving Los Angles towards becoming a healthier, equitable and sustainable place. For more information, check out the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative and Smart Growth California’s funder convening, which I’m also helping plan and facilitate.


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My 150th Client: Southern California Grantmakers


Park needs assessment map developed by GreenInfo Network

I’m thrilled to support my 150th client, Southern California Grantmakers. Like my work with the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative, I’m helping out with SCG’s environmental funders group, another collaborative endeavor working on a complimentary set of issues in a larger geographic footprint.  I’m planning and facilitating quarterly learning convenings, which have included Mapping the Environment to Identify Community Needs, Air Quality/Environmental Justice, the Impacts of the New Federal Administration and one on Green infrastructure & water sustainability. For each, anywhere from 20 to 40 funders have attended to learn more about the issues and deepen the impact of their philanthropy. Continue reading

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37 Pacific Coast Collaboratives

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 2.06.51 PMThe Pacific Coast Collaborative serves as “a formal basis for cooperative action, a forum for leadership and information sharing, and a common voice on issues facing Pacific North America” that includes Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington. Numerous social sector, multi-partner collaboratives are working together on issues related to climate change, health, equity and sustainability. Continue reading

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My Pacific Coast Bike Tour: 10 Year Anniversary

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 10.16.00 AMDuring the summer of 2006, I bike toured down the mighty Pacific Coast, from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles, California. Along the way, I connected with friends, family and a network of  local leaders creating sustainable communities. It was a transformative time for me as I transitioned from living in New York City back to where I grew up in Southern California. An unforgettable ride!
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32 Places to Retreat Along the Pacific Coast

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 3.40.15 PMTen years ago, I biked toured down the beautiful Pacific Coast, from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles, visiting leaders working on urban sustainability and meeting up with friends and family along the way. It was a transformative time for me, which also coincided with me launching my consulting practice. As a way to reconnect with the Pacific Coast, I researched places to retreat that are within few miles of the coast: Continue reading

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