Green LA Coalition Announcement – Moving, Changes

12 May 2009

Here’s the latest from Green L.A. Coalition’s directors. Congratulations to Stephanie Taylor, Green L.A.’s new Interim Managing Director! (links added by Joe Linton)

May 11, 2009

Dear Colleague,

We’re pleased to share some exciting news regarding the GREEN LA Coalition.

First, we’re moving. After four years of existence, GREEN LA has matured to stand on its own two feet. On June 1, GREEN LA will leave the Liberty Hill Foundation and become a project of Community Partners.  Also, our offices will be at the California Endowment building in downtown Los Angeles. At this new location GREEN LA will be able to better serve our constituent organizations – and be closer to LA City Hall.

Second, as you may already know, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa chose GREEN LA’s founding director, Jonathan Parfrey, to serve on the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. This prestigious appointment, a five-year term, is however subject to significant restrictions in how Jonathan is permitted to advocate on environmental matters at City Hall.

On April1, Jonathan transitioned from serving as director of the GREEN LA Coalition to become director of a new program, the GREEN LA Institute – where he will exclusively work on educational and networking services for LA’s environmental community. Please stay posted for upcoming workshops, trainings and tours organized by the GREEN LA Institute.

Also, as of April 1, Stephanie Taylor began serving as Interim Managing Director of the GREEN LA Coalition. Stephanie brings years of organizing experience, not just as GREEN LA’s workgroup coordinator, but also with the Verde Coalition, LA Neighborhood Land Trust, Central City Neighborhood Partners and Coalition LA.

The GREEN LA Coalition is especially grateful to Michele Prichard and Liberty Hill for its critical role in nurturing GREEN LA by providing fundraising, administrative and programmatic support during our founding years. Liberty Hill will continue its support with Michele’s service on the Steering Committee.  Michele will also continue to staff the Cumulative Impacts Work Group.

Last, we wish to thank the Steering Committee for their guidance in this smooth transition and their leadership in ensuring the next phase of GREEN LA builds on our success and propels our work even further.  We also are grateful to you for your on-going faith in our work.

Surely, we live in trying times. Yet, our issues – protecting the environment, environmental justice and green jobs – are seen as the salvation of the economy and the planet.

We look forward to our continued work together in coalition and as organizational partners to win meaningful change in Los Angeles.


Stephanie Taylor, Managing Interim Director, GREEN LA Coalition
Jane Paul, Green Economy Coordinator, GREEN LA Coalition
Shalimar Zabanal, Program Associate, GREEN LA Coalition
Jonathan Parfrey, Director, GREEN LA Institute


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