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.
Katherine joined the Foundation in 2017. She has over fifteen years of nonprofit experience in philanthropy, health, the arts and community engagement. Most recently, she worked in arts engagement programming at The Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, where she collaborated with local artists, thought leaders and nonprofits to collectively build healthy, vibrant communities through the arts. Prior to that role, she conducted health grantmaking at The California Endowment, addressing a range of health issues, including access to care and community health and well-being. A native to California, Katherine received her M.S.W. from the University of Southern California and her B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara.