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.
Natalie joined the Foundation in 2019. She brings over twelve years of C-suite administrative and office management experience, having previously worked as an Executive Assistant in Architecture at the offices of Hodgetts + Fung and Johnson Fain. Prior to that, she worked as a program coordinator at Project GEAR UP at Garfield School and as a program director for an art program that taught drawing, watercolor and oil painting in Los Angeles County public schools. A native to Southern California, Natalie received her B.A. from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, which included a semester of cultural immersion in Nepal. Natalie is an exhibiting painter and member of the Arroyo Arts Collective.