The Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative is led by an active steering committee comprised of representatives from: the California Community Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, First 5 LA, Liberty Hill Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Resources Legacy Fund, Garfield Foundation, and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
Jean is the director of the PLACE Program (Policies from Livable, Active Communities and Environments) at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Launched in 2006, the program’s mission is to foster policy, systems, and environmental change that supports the development of safe, healthy, active environments. The PLACE Program leads the Department of Public Health’s built environment efforts, making grants and providing technical assistance to support the development of bicycle and pedestrian master plans, safe routes to schools plans, traffic safety efforts, and tree planting initiatives in LA County cities and communities. The Program also works to increase access to affordable housing, public transit, and parks and sees these as critical to reducing health inequities.
Jean is passionate about cross-sector collaboration as a strategy for improving health outcomes. She leads the County’s interdepartmental Healthy Design Workgroup, dedicated to planning, designing and building healthy communities in Los Angeles County unincorporated areas. She also plays a leadership role in the City of Los Angeles Vision Zero Initiative, which aims to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2025 through engineering, education, and enforcement activities. Jean joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2012.
Lisa Craypo, Principal at Ad Lucem Consulting, has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, initiative design, philanthropic advising, program evaluation and research. She has successfully led numerous clients through strategic planning processes, conceptualized and managed funding initiatives, designed and conducted program evaluations, provided training and technical assistance, and developed innovative tools to meet client needs.
Through Ad Lucem, Lisa provides strategic consultation to a range of clients including foundations, public health departments, healthcare providers, and nonprofits. Lisa approaches projects with a partnership model that facilitates identification of priorities, development of strategies, and clear linkages to impacts.
In her role as consultant to The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Lisa serves as program officer for Type 2 diabetes and obesity prevention grantmaking, which focuses on healthy land use and access to parks. In 2013, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation became a member of the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative, and as the Foundation representative, Lisa has encouraged the Collaborative to include a focus on parks and health in discussions and events. Lisa joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2013.
Shawn Escoffery is the Executive Director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation – the foundation invests in innovative solutions and community leaders to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world in which all people thrive. Prior to joining RPDFF Shawn directed the Strong Local Economics program at the Surdna Foundation – a nationally focused family foundation with over $1 billion dollars in assets. In this role, Shawn worked to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses, equitable economic policy and access to quality jobs. As an urban planner with over 15+ years of experience, Shawn has worked on community economic development and affordable housing projects in Newark, Baltimore and New Orleans.
Shawn holds a BA in Political Science and English from Rutgers and a Master’s of City Planning from MIT. He also holds certificates in Communications and International Relations, Urban Redevelopment and Effective Leadership from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University, respectively. Shawn joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2019.
Alfredo Gonzalez is a program officer for the Resources Legacy Fund (RLF). At RLF, Alfredo leads efforts to broaden and diversify the constituency for environmental conservation with a specific focus on engaging communities of color and younger Californians.
Prior to his current position, Alfredo served as director of the South Coast and Deserts Region for The Nature Conservancy, where he managed various programs including a Los Angeles-based urban strategies project, and a renewable energy initiative, and oversaw large scale land protection and habitat enhancement projects across Southern California. He also served in senior government affairs positions for the Southern California Association of Governments and the County of Santa Clara, and was a policy analyst for the Latino Issues Forum.
Alfredo received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. Alfredo joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2016.
As Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building for Liberty Hill Foundation, Joanna Kabat oversees competitive grantmaking programs as well as corresponding capacity building programs run through Liberty Hill’s Wally Marks Leadership Institute. These programs support grassroots community organizations fighting for progressive change in Los Angeles for low-income workers, tenants, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color.
Joanna began her career at American Jewish World Service, a funder of international grassroots development work, and then went on to develop social justice educational and volunteer programs for teens at BBYO, Inc. Following that, she directed the executive office at the immigration services and advocacy organization HIAS. Joanna has also been involved in indigenous rights advocacy in Mexico, voter engagement work, and local AIDS activism in Los Angeles.
Joanna received her bachelor’s in English literature and human rights studies from Barnard College. A native Angeleno, Joanna returned to Los Angeles after a decade of living in New York and D.C. to attend the USC Price School of Public Policy, where she received her Master of Public Administration in 2014. She has been a member of the LA Funders’ Collaborative Steering Committee since 2016.
Alex Paxton develops and implements programs for the Water Foundation. Prior to joining the Water Foundation, Alex worked for over a decade on local strategies for redevelopment, displacement mitigation, workforce development, and urban sustainability for a range of employers including LA Unified School District, then-LA City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Mayors James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa, the LA City Community Redevelopment Agency, the LA Economic Development Corporation, and Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors. She also taught a course on Sustainable Urban Economies for the Masters Program in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University.
Alex received a BA in American Studies, an MFA in Theater Management, and a law degree from Yale University, as well as an MS in Social Anthropology from University College London. Alex joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2019.
Jennifer has been a senior program officer at First 5 LA since 2003 in the Program & Planning and Community Investments Departments. Over the last three years in the Community Investments (CI) Department, Jennifer and her team have initiated innovative leveraging partnerships that increased funds for young children in Los Angeles County. Some of the CI Department projects under her leadership include First 5 LA’s first Match and Challenge Grant Program, a pilot social enterprise program, a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, and the City of Los Angeles Parks Foundation that resulted in the creation of three pocket parks in First 5 LA’s Best Start communities.
Immediately before arriving at First 5 LA she was the Program Director of Neighborhood Networks4Kids (NN4K), and the Los Angeles Youth Council under the City of Los Angeles’ Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families from 1996 to 2003. Her social work experience in Los Angeles includes foster care social work, Healthy Start Program, school social work, and family day care programs. She served as the first project director of Comienzo Sano/Healthy Beginnings. In addition, she has consulted with various organizations that focus on building communities to best support children and families including the Children’s Planning Council.
Originally from Washington State, Jennifer comes from a “social work family.” Her parents, brother and sister-in-law are all social workers. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Western Washington University, and earned her Master in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Jennifer, her beautiful daughter Jessica, and her large Newfoundland Cassie live in Altadena. Jennifer joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2016.
Roberta is a community benefit manager leading Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Improvement team. Prior to joining KP’s Southern California Regional headquarters in 2005, she was the public affairs director for the Los Angeles and West Los Angeles medical centers. She oversees both the Healthy Eating Active Living program that addresses the obesity epidemic and the Safety Net efforts that address access to health care.
Previously, Roberta worked in transportation public affairs where her work promoting alternative modes of commuting is relevant to her current work supporting walking and biking as easy and accessible physical activity practices. Roberta’s portfolio includes healthy parks work, including park development in park poor neighborhoods, physical activity programming, and healthy beverage promotion. Her roots in health care originated at the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California where she was director of public relations. She is on the board of Self Help Graphics and Art, a social action and arts organization serving Los Angeles’ eastside. Roberta joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2012.
Eleni joined the Garfield Foundation in December 2014. Prior to joining the Foundation, Eleni was director of the New Economy Funders Network (formerly the Sustainability Funders), a philanthropy affinity group focused on transitioning our economy into one that is just, sustainable and equitable. Prior to NEFN, Eleni served as the California Coordinator of the Health and Environmental Funders Network and for five years was the Program Director of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) at Commonweal, where she managed an international network of over 3,000 health professionals, health-affected and community-based groups, scientists and grant makers. Before CHE, Eleni worked at the Jenifer Altman Foundation and Tides Foundation in San Francisco, and at Replication and Program Strategies in Philadelphia.
Eleni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from West Chester University and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware. With a deep love for animals and nature, she volunteers her free time with a local nonprofit that offers community access to low-cost spay/neuter and emergency veterinary surgery. She spends much of her free time volunteering, traveling and appreciating the joys of living in the Bay Area. Eleni joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2020.
Jacqueline leads Enterprise’s local efforts to build opportunity for low-income families and individuals by creating and preserving affordable housing connected to good schools, jobs, transit, and health care. Jacqueline has more than a decade of experience at Enterprise, most recently serving as deputy director of the Southern California office.
During her tenure at Enterprise, Jacqueline brought to bear capital, intellectual resources, and capacity-building tools to achieve Enterprise’s strategic and production goals, leading to more than $300 million in Enterprise investments locally. She has worked with the city of Los Angeles, banks, and nonprofit developer partners to create local funds for affordable housing, advocate for low-income families, and support Enterprise’s vision of providing communities of opportunity.
Jacqueline holds a Bachelor’s in sociology and a Master in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. She serves on the board of directors for the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing and the board of trustees for Kids Progress Inc., an organization created by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles to provide social, health, educational, and work opportunities to children and youth living in public housing communities. Jacqueline joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2016.
Ben Winter oversees CCF’s housing initiatives and policy advocacy, helping to strengthen low-income communities, solve homelessness, and grow the region’s supply of housing in an equitable, just and sustainable way.
Prior to joining CCF, Ben was the Chief Housing Officer for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and a senior analyst for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the leadership of President Barack Obama. In these roles, Winter has led a variety of local and federal efforts to accelerate the development of affordable and permanent supportive housing, implement equitable land-use reforms, and allocate billions of dollars to state and local jurisdictions for community development and housing initiatives.
Winter received a master of urban planning from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and was a fellow at NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. In his earlier years, he worked long nights in the service-sector economy while securing a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, specializing in Spanish literature, international relations and global cultures. He also spent time as a paralegal, learning about law and defending the rights of immigrants.