From: 4/2011 - 4/30/12
Organization: The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
Positions:
1/1/2012 through 4/30/2012 - Interim Director of Operations
9/1/2011 through 12/31/2011 - Consultant
6/1/2011 through 8/31/2011 - Temporary Project Coordinator
4/1/2011 through 5/31/2011 - Consultant
LANLT

 

From mid-2010 through April 2011 (while working on my masters degree) I assisted the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) as an administrative volunteer. I helped revise a handful of administrative policies and procedures, assisted with grant writing, and performed other tasks assigned by Executive Director Alina Bokde.

Beginning in April 2011 (after completing CSULA's MSPA program) I was fortunate to be able to offer my knowledge and skills to the LANLT as a consultant. My assignments included revising and rewriting the agency employee handbook (cover to cover), writing more than ten grant proposals/applications, performing job analysis and preparing job descriptions, and completing many other administrative tasks as assigned. I raised over $330,000 through grant writing (as the sole author), and assisted with other grant responses which raised over $2 million in program funds.

From June 2011 through August 2011 I was hired by the LANLT as a full-time temporary Program Coordinator to work on a collaborative community garden inventory project. After performing intensive research and outreach, I revised and updated an existing inventory of Los Angeles' community gardens, and produced "A Guide to Los Angeles' Community Gardens" and its companion Google Map. Project partners included the LANLT, the Mayor's office, the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, the University of California's Common Ground Garden Program, and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. My research led to the creation of gardens.lanlt.org.

From January 2012 through April 2012 I was hired as the LANLT's interim Director of Operations. My responsibilities included assisting with the agency's annual audit, performing contract management (including creating and submitting invoices and reports to funders), and handling all aspects of accounts receivable and payable.

   
  [Side note: In October 2011 I began taking photos of LA's community gardens. Visit my Flickr account to see the gardens photos I've taken thus far.]
   
   
Work Samples/Selected Achievements:
In May 2012 a Proposition 84 Urban Greening Planning Grant proposal that I wrote and submitted was funded ($178,000). The project, titled "Transforming Inner-City Lost Lots" (TILL), will (1) inventory and map Los Angeles' estimated 750 publicly-owned parcels of surplus, undevelopable, sliver, remnant, undeveloped medians and other similar parcels that are “lost” opportunities for providing urban greening related benefits; and (2) create a plan to to improve such parcels (so that they provide urban greening benefits). Link: Page 1 of the proposal and a project flowchart.
   
In April 2012 we launched the Community Garden Locator, a project I created with USC Computer Science students. The locator provides the most up-to-date location and contact information for all of the known community gardens within Los Angeles County. The map and garden information is updated, in real time, via a shared online database that allows multiple organizations to add/delete/modify garden information. It is essentially an asset management project administered by multiple community stakeholders. Check it out at http://gardens.lanlt.org.
   
In February 2012 I wrote and submitted a Cal Fire Education Grant proposal. The proposed project sought to (1) create six "School-to-Greenspace" pairs, linking six inner-city schools to their closest park or garden; (2) teach students how to plant trees; and (3) provide service-learning opportunities by working with the students to plant trees and green the route from their school to their nearest greenspace option. This proposal, unfortunately, was not funded. Link: Map of School-to-Greenspace pairs.
   
In late January 2012 I wrote and submitted a proposal to provide outdoor and gardening education classes, hands-on gardening skill-building and training, and career mentoring to underserved, probationers, and foster youth that attend Fremont High School. The proposal was funded ($15,000). Link: Page 1 of the proposal.
   
In January 2012 I wrote and submitted a proposal to the Best Start Metro LA program. The proposed project sought to create a community safety assessment tool for Trinity Park, which intended to (1) help distinguish between real and perceived threats to community safety in neighborhood surrounding Trinity Park, and (2) prioritize methods of action towards improving both the real and perceived threats to the Trinity Park community. The project was funded ($40,000). Link: The project timeline and major tasks matrix.
   
In August 2011 I wrote and submitted a proposal to the USDA People's Gardens Grant Program. The LANLT was awarded the project ($30,000); the proposal was only 1 of 10 funded proposals out of 300 submissions nationwide. Link: The project flowchart (in LANLT organizational colors).
   
I produced "A Guide to Los Angeles' Community Gardens" - a document I continue to update and upload to the LANLT webspace.
   
In July 2011 I wrote and submitted a proposal to USC's Computer Science graduate program. USC offers their CS graduate students to nonprofits, in teams of six, to help solve agency-specific technology needs (software/programming). USC selected the project, and together we created a multi-user database and community garden inventory and mapping project (see basic flowchart). The project produced gardens.lanlt.org (described above).