Chief Executive, Chrysalis
Mark Loranger leads Chrysalis, an L.A.-based nonprofit that works with the homeless and those disconnected from the workforce to help them find and retain employment. During his 10 years at the agency, he has led significant expansion of the organization, including a 60 percent growth in programmatic outcomes, the redevelopment or renovation of all three of its centers, and a doubling of the agency’s revenue. In 2016, Chrysalis helped more than 2,300 of its clients find employment.
Enjoy most: Leading a great staff, working on an issue that is important to Angelenos, and meeting the most inspiring people – our clients.
Toughest challenge: The perception by employers that men and women with criminal backgrounds won’t be great employees.
Most excited: The voters of both L.A. City and County have decided to invest serious tax dollars to address homelessness.
Best advice: Do much more listening than talking, and remember that the people with the best ideas in an organization are those closest to our clients.
Car you drive: I just leased an all-electric Chevy Bolt.
Alma Maters: Bachelor’s, UC Davis; MBA, George Washington University
Fun fact: I’m an avid pilot and try to fly at least once per week.
Bucket list: Travel throughout Southeast Asia.
Favorite destination: Tuscany by bike.