July 21, 2014

Deidre Lind Heads Up New Mayor’s Fund

Community Partners board member Deidre Lind has been tapped by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as acting president of the new Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. “Public-private partnerships are the future of civic ventures around the globe,” she said recently. “As an umbrella organization, we can be more agile and responsive.”

The Fund will be focused on creating partnerships between the City and the private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors aimed at tackling some of L.A.’s most pressing problems through both new and ongoing innovative programs. The Fund will work closely with the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships which will continue as a portal to city government for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

The Mayor’s Fund, modeled after similar entities in New York, Philadelphia and other major cities, operates under the aegis of the California Community Foundation. It is funded by donations from private individuals, corporations and philanthropic foundations and will be overseen by an independent Board of Directors. More information is at www.mayorsfundla.org.

The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles launches with four programs, including Mayor Garcetti’s Summer of Success initiative, which is comprised of Summer Night Lights, HIRE LA’s Youth, and Summer of Learning. It is also initiating a number of new programs, including ones focused on the development of L.A.’s cultural tourism, the revitalization of the L.A. River, and optimizing the City’s systems for greater efficiency.

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