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Impact Makers to Watch

Impact Makers to Watch

Every year, Stratiscope hosts the Impact-Makers to Watch celebration at Los Angeles City Hall to recognize those making change in their community.

For four years, Impact Makers to Watch has shined a spotlight on 100+ individuals who are making a positive impact on their communities and who are expected to take their contributions to new heights in years to come. The honorees are feted during an evening celebration in the Council Chambers at Los Angeles City Hall that draws hundreds in support of those making a true impact.

We are now calling on people like you to help identify new leaders and innovators in nonprofit, business, and government to be considered for 2020’s cohort of Impact-Makers to Watch. A panel of civic leaders will review candidates and determine the final list of 2020’s Impact Makers to Watch.

You can nominate yourself, a colleague, or a peer you admire by completing the brief form linked below by December 19, 2019.

Impact-Maker example #1

Jessica Meaney is the Founder and Executive Director of Investing in Place, an organization committed to transportation investments that strengthen communities. She is a transportation advocate who has been living car-free in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Her experience relying on buses, trains, walking, and bicycling for the majority of travel inspired her to lift up the user’s experience for all, especially those without access to a car. At Investing in Place, Jessica advocates for better transportation policies to Metro, Councils of Governments, community-based organizations, and city officials and staff.

Impact-Maker example #2

Tiffany Mayberry currently is a Director of Legal, Original Programming at HBO. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley and later attended Columbia University School of Social Work. Throughout her career, she has been a recipient of the NAMIC Leadership Program, graduate of AABLI (African-American Board Leadership Institute), a member of the Los Angeles African-American Women’s Public Policy Institute, and is currently an Ambassador for Proctor & Gamble’s ‘My Black is Beautiful’ campaign, as well as an active participant in her community. In 2017, Ms. Mayberry became a Leadership Council Chair Member for the Downtown Women’s Center, serving as the Advocacy Chair, and now serving as President. By participating in the Coro Women in Leadership program she hopes to gain further knowledge, a stronger skill set and an enriching opportunity to sharpen her capability to be an impactful leader.

Impact-Maker sample #3

Jennifer Cohen is the Director of Government Affairs for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). In this capacity she oversees strategic initiatives, legislation and policy as well as serving as the department liaison to elected officials and other government agencies. She has over 10 years of experience in transportation politics, policy, and planning. Prior to joining LADOT she oversaw state and federal government relations for the Metrolink commuter rail agency and was the transportation deputy for the Chair of the Los Angeles City Council transportation committee. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her masters from USC.

Past Honorees

2019
  • Richard Ayoub — Executive Director, Project Angel Food
  • Nancy Baker Cahill — Artist
  • Dyhan Cardona — Client Engagement Specialist, Homeless Health Care
  • Francisca Castillo — Gender Equity Director, Recreation and Parks
  • Lisa Colicchio — Vice President of Sustainability, CBRE
  • Soraya Deen — Interfaith Solidarity Network
  • Lenore French — Art Consultant and Organizer
  • John Girodo — Vice President of Preservation Issues, Hollywood Heritage
  • Russell Greene — Board Member, The Climate Mobilization
  • Dr. Astrid Heger — Founder and Executive Director, Violence Intervention Program
  • Rev. Stephanie Jaeger — Executive Director, NoHo Home Alliance
  • Jeff Kalban — Board Member, Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
  • Naima Keith — Deputy Director and Chief Curator, California African American Museum
  • Chris Ko — Director of Homeless Initiatives, United Way of Greater LA
  • William Levewood — Koreatown Youth and Community Center
  • Leyna Lightman — Community Organizer
  • Tiffany Mayberry — Manager, HBO Legal/West Coast Programming
  • Albert Melena — Executive Director, San Fernando Valley Partnership, Inc.
  • Marsha Novak — Interfaith Solidarity Network
  • Luis Perez — Legal Service Director, CHIRLA
  • Tracy Stone — Architect and Community Advocate
  • Jeanne Woo — Senior Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross LA Region
  • Kenya Yarbrough — Director of Marketing and Advocacy, Girl Scouts of Greater LA
  • Natalie Zappella — Program Director, Sustainable Connected Communities
2018
  • Tom Bagamane — Founder, The Giving Spirit
  • Joon Bang — Executive Director, Korean American Coalition
  • Kim Biddle — Executive Director, Saving Innocence
  • Darlynn Childress — Co-Founder, Suburban Women’s Advocacy Network (SWAN)
  • Debbie Decker — Executive Director & CEO, West Valley Food Pantry
  • Azusena Favela — Director of Programs & Operations, LURN
  • Kari Garcia — Miracle Mile Residential Association
  • Harry Grammer — Founder & President, New Earth
  • Amy Inouye — President, Photo Friends
  • Dr. Jackie Filla — Associate Professor of Political Science, Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Don Larson — President & CEO, Northridge Beautification
    Genevieve Liang — Executive Director, Cardborigami
  • Lynda Moran — Executive Director & Founder, New Image
  • Niki Okuk — RCO2 Material Reuse
  • Nancy Olson — Executive Director, Southern California Leadership Network
  • Omar Perich — Pastor, Victory Outreach
  • Kelly Perkins — Miracle Mile Residential Association
  • Shane Phillips — Director of Public Policy, Central City Association
  • Eddie Sanders — Associate Director of Grants, Northeast Valley Health Corp.
  • Danielle Walsmith — Co-Founder, Suburban Women’s Advocacy Network (SWAN)
  • Brenda Wilson — Executive Director & Founder, New Image
2017
  • Karina Acorda — Private Citizen Advocate: League of Women Voters, Center for Inquiry, Online Open Government and Civic Tech Group, and Karma Rescue
  • Betty Avila — Associate Director, Self Help Graphics & Art
  • Omar Brownson — Executive Director, River LA
  • Jennifer Cohen — Director of Government Affairs, LADOT
  • Mike Dennis — Director of Community Organizing, East LA Community Corporation
  • Lydia Floyd — Executive Director, Hands 4 Hope
  • Lloyd Hitt — Co-Chair, Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition Board
  • Marlene Hitt — Co-Chair, Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition Board
  • Kathleen Johnson — Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Silver Lake Reservoir Conservatory
  • Dylan Jones — Architect, AIA and AIBC
  • Jessica Lall — Executive Director, Central City Association
  • Robert Larmore — Chief Operating Officer, Jive Live Entertainment
  • Molly Larson — Director of Operations, Chrysalis Enterprises
  • Chad Maender — Executive Director, Mid Valley YMCA
  • Cyndi McAuley — Executive Director, Therapeutic Living Center for the Blind
  • Jessica Meaney — Executive Director, Investing In Place
  • Heddy Nam — Director, SLATE-Z
  • Stephanie Ramirez — Associate State Director, Advocacy, AARP
  • Anthony Ruffin — Case Worker, Housing Works
  • Scott Sanders — Feeding Ministry
  • Pamela Sanders — Feeding Ministry
  • Lori Shapiro — Rabbi/Artistic Director/Founder, Open Temple
  • Jeanne Roe Smith — Campus Minister/Executive Director, Wesley Foundation Serving UCLA
  • Zaneta Smith — Associate Director, Clinical and Student Services at LAK
  • Chris Stanton — Watch Captain, Lakeview Terrace Eagles Neighborhood Watch
  • Wade Trimmer – Director, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
  • Doug Walker — President, East Hollywood-Los Feliz Homeless Coalition
  • Steven Wynbrandt — Founder, Wynbrandt Farms
2016
  • Pierre Arreola — Co-Founder, The Gr818ers
  • Tafarai Bayne — Principal, EMH Creative Group; Commissioner, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Austin Beutner — Vision to Learn
  • Donna Bojarsky — Co-Founder, LA Works; Founder, New Leaders Project, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission; California Volunteers State Commission; Founder, Future of Cities: Leading in LA; Director, Foreign Policy Roundtable
  • Sue Bruno — Executive Administrator, The Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center
  • Rick Cole — City Manager, City of Santa Monica
  • Leigh Collier — EVP Development, bBooth
  • Colleen Corcoran — Designer, Designed By Colleen; Board Member, CicLAvia; Steering Committee Member, Los Angeles Walk
  • Nat Gale — Program Director, Great Streets Studio, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Peter Marx — Chief Technology Officer, Los Angeles City Mayor’s Office
  • Michelle Miranda — Executive Director, RUTH YouthBuild
  • Luis Oliart — Chair, North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
  • Alberto Retana — Community Organizer, South Los Angeles
  • Christina Rice — Senior Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
  • Isabel Rojas Williams — Executive Director, Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
  • Rachel Torres — Organizer & Research Analyst, UNITE/HERE Local 11
  • Jenny Vinopal — Program Director, California Youth Connection
  • Valerie Watson — Transportation Planning Associate, Active Transportation Division, Los Angeles Department of Transportation