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Impact Makers to Watch

Impact Makers to Watch

Every year, Stratiscope hosts its biggest celebration inside Los Angeles City Hall to recognize those who are making real change in their community.

Honorees are designated by L.A. City Councilmembers and County Supervisors, as well as established leaders from across L.A. The honorees are feted at L.A. City Hall in the Council Chambers at an evening event that draws hundreds who come together to support those making a true impact.

Join us to celebrate this year’s honorees on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019.

For honoree information and to reserve your tickets, click here.

About the Award:

The Impact-Maker to Watch award is an annual distinction for those who are doing foundational work to make a positive impact in Los Angeles and will continue to do so throughout the year, with significant results. Honorees are designated by LA leaders, including members of the LA City Council and Board of Supervisors. Honorees may have a career of impact that continues to show results or may be just starting out, with equally impressive results. Honorees will be supported and promoted through various programs throughout the year.

Past Honorees

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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