LA’s BEST Alumni Baron Davis, Molly Simms, Eric Gurna, and Jenna Brill Binder at the unWINEdLA event.

LA’s BEST Alumni Baron Davis, Molly Simms, Eric Gurna, and Jenna Brill Binder at the unWINEdLA event.

SERVICE AREA

LA’s BEST plays a vital role in the lives of more than 25,000 elementary school students who come from neighborhoods with the fewest resources and the greatest needs across Los Angeles.

MISSION STATEMENT

LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program provides a safe and supervised afterschool education, enrichment and recreation program for children ages five to 12 in Los Angeles.

COMMUNITY IMPACT

In 2018, 25,000 students received afterschool homework support, nutritious meals, and enrichment and recreational activities, all at no cost to families. With additional support from Mayor Garcetti, 7,000 students participated in the Summer Learning Program.

LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Eric Gurna

President & CEO

Amber Martinez

Vice President of Development

Debe Loxton

Chief Operating Officer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair: Christopher D. Dusseault

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Adam Deromedi

AECOM

Alberto Diaz

United Airlines

Trudi Ferguson

USC, Marshall School of Business

Neal Fraser

Redbird | Vibiana | Fritzi Coop

Jeff Goad

Drybar

Ruben Gonzalez

Gonzalez Strategic Affairs Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Eric Gurna

LA’s BEST

Gerald L. Katell

Katell Productions, LLC

Katell Properties, LLC

Lyndal Larkin

Heather Lord

Capital Group

Jawaad Malik

Southern California Gas Company

Damian Mazzotta

Zero Gravity

Samira Poulos

The Honorable Richard J. Riordan

The Riordan Foundation

June Sale

Teresa Samaniego

ABC7

Dean Schramm

The Schramm Group

Cameron Strang

Marvin J. Suomi

KUD International, LLC

David Travers

ZipRecruiter

Vice Chair: Mary Odell

The Riordan Foundation

CFO: Robert L. Wicke

Deloitte Consulting

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Throughout the year, LA’s BEST hosts several unique events in collaboration with our Board Members, corporate partners and community of supporters. Locally Grown in the spring is hosted by Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser in Redbird’s beautiful garden. unWINEdLA in the late spring is a chic wine tasting event organized by the BEST Friends network attended by 500+ young professionals.

Our 30th Anniversary Our City, Our Kids gala (11.29.18), honoring Los Angeles Football Club, will be attended by 300+ philanthropists. We also organize evening and weekend gatherings, often around volunteer opportunities for people to network and experience our impact. Check out lasbest.org for upcoming events. Please contact Genevieve.Ostrander@lacity.org to learn more and get involved.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

LA’s BEST offers rewarding opportunities to donate your time, talent and resources. Your participation helps children ages five to 12 feel supported and special. You can volunteer with students one-time or more frequently, by yourself, with a group of friends or with your company. We offer corporations meaningful and engaging opportunities to build camaraderie and connect with LA’s BEST kids. You can read to children, help them with their homework, teach them a new skill and/or help foster sportsmanship on and off the field. We also invite you to join a fun and well-organized Event Committee to throw an event to help raise awareness and funds for LA’s BEST. Please contact Navneet.Kaur@ lacity.org to sign-up.

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