Collaborating for a Healthy, Equitable and Sustainable Los Angeles

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 2.39.20 PMLate last year, I started coordinating the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative, which aims to harness the changes being catalyzed by landmark transportation and environmental policies to create equitable, healthy, sustainable communities in Los Angeles County. I’m thrilled to put my learning from my thesis on collaboration into action for issues I care deeply about!

I’m working with a smart, committed and strategic group of local funders who decided to come together to deepen their impact. The LA Funders’ Collaborative is part of a larger statewide network of funders, Smart Growth California, and a national network, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, which recently held their national conference in Los Angeles.

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 3.21.16 PMWe’ve partnered with Southern California Grantmakers and hosted three funder briefings: The Hardest Road: Building and Equitable Los Angeles. This briefing is based in part on a recent report from the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities: The Hardest Road: Philanthropic Approaches to the Evolving Field of Transportation Equity.


Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 9.08.19 AMI’ve helped plan several other sessions, including: Innovations for Building Healthy, Equitable CommunitiesClimate Change, Heath and Equity and two funder lunches to explore issues related to smart growth.

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 3.23.26 PMThe LA Funders’ Collaborative also supported the development of two other related reports:

And if you want some more reading on related topics, check out:

Needless to say, I’m loving serving the LA Funders’ Collaborative! It’s a half-time project and I’m still consulting on the side for organizations and collaboratives addressing issues related to urban sustainability. Los Angeles really is at a crossroads and I’m thrilled to be working in a deeper way to ensure we move our region towards a healthier, equitable, sustainable place. If you’re a funder and interested to engage more around these issues, please contact me.

About Ron Milam

Ron Milam, MSOD, works to transform the Pacific Coast into a sustainable region through leadership and organization development for collaborative change initiatives. Since 2005, Ron has served over 150 clients as an organization and network development practitioner.
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