Government and philanthropy often share common goals and a capacity to enable wide-scale systems change. When they work together, they make ideal partners—philanthropy contributing nimbleness and a spirit of experimentation, while government commands the resources to sustain what works. In Los Angeles County, such collaboration was catalyzed by the murder of an 8-year-old boy in 2013. This tragic death prompted the Board of Supervisors to empanel a commission of notable child welfare experts to examine systemic failures.
Since then, an increasingly durable and agile spirit of collaboration in L.A. has fueled an ability to test new ideas, assess their effectiveness, and bring them to scale in ways that significantly impact child welfare reform. As a result of these efforts, the previously siloed and reactive child protection system is moving toward becoming a more integrated countywide child well-being system. Cultivating Hope Through Action: How Public-Private Partnerships Are Strengthening Child and Family Well-Being in L.A. County, is a report chronicling the work that drove increased collaboration and funding in L.A. County. It also addresses ways to grow similar collaborative ecosystems for child and family well-being in the future. Read the executive summary and full report below.
Jonathan joined the Foundation in 2022. Prior to joining the Foundation, he spent 8 years at Armanino LLP as an Assurance Manager, where he served as a leader in the Southern California assurance department and oversaw complex engagements, specializing in nonprofit organizations, private foundations, and nonpublic companies. Jonathan is native to Los Angeles. He left the region to attend college and received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Minor in Mathematics from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He is an active Certified Public Accountant and a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountant and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys flying small aircraft.