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.
Selena joined the Foundation in 2019. After receiving her B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego, she worked as an Accounting Assistant at a private company and as a tax preparer at the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. It was through volunteering at the program where she was inspired to use accounting to serve the community. She earned a master’s degree in Business Taxation from USC Leventhal School of Accounting and worked for Grant Thornton LLP where she specialized in Not-for-Profit tax and prepared federal and state income tax returns for not-for-profits and foundations.