Our mission is to grow healthier, safer and stronger communities by creating small, accessible urban parks and gardens that help remedy the critical lack of green and recreational spaces in greater Los Angeles’ underserved neighborhoods, and to ensure participation and collaboration among low-income residents throughout the process of envisioning, building and managing the parks and gardens we create.
History & FutureThe Neighborhood Land Trust is the leading nonprofit working to create urban parks and gardens in the Los Angeles region. The organization was formed in 2002 as a 501c(3) with initial funding from the City of Los Angeles in response to a 2000 report by The Urban Land Trust Task Force, which documented the shortage of green and recreational spaces in the city’s underserved neighborhoods. Since then, the Neighborhood Land Trust has played an important role in the creation, renovation and opening of nine parks and gardens, seven of which are managed and programmed by the Neighborhood Land Trust and local community management committees.
We plan to launch up to four new projects each year so that we may realize our vision for every L.A. area resident to live within walking distance of a park or garden. Using a community-based process and strategic partnerships, we’re steadily and ambitiously working to address the unfair disparity of access to open space and its negative impact on the region’s low-income communities.
Alina Bokde, Executive Director
Alina’s career and public service demonstrate her commitment to increasing parks and gardens as a strategy to revitalize underserved neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in low-income communities.
Prior to joining the Neighborhood Land Trust, Alina served as deputy executive officer for the River and Mountains Conservancy and managed complex conservation-focused real estate transactions for The Trust for Public Land. She is a former board member of Communities for a Better Environment, a past president of the Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission and a member of several community and civic organizations.
Alina holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Macalester College.Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Beverley Keefe, Director of OperationsPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 205 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Susan chung, compliance managerPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 218 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keshia sexton., Director of organizingPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 206 Email: email@example.com
Jorge villanueva, community organizerPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 214 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephano medina, organizer, County master plan projectPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 213 Email: email@example.com
juan salas, Community organizerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily George, community plannerPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 216 Email: email@example.com
Monica curiel, Little Green fingers Lead organizerPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 209 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Torres, little green fingers OrganizerPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 207 Email: email@example.com
Mark glassock, Director of speical projectsPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 221 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eli Martinez, Gardens' and Youth Program ManagerPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 208 Email: email@example.com
israel cruz, T.I.L.L. program managerPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 219 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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matilde reyes, Project ManagerPhone: 213-572-0188 Ext 215 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Misty Sanford, Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP
Gerard McCallum, Wilson Meany Sullivan
Kevin Napoli, LENA Group
Robert Reid, Catalina Island Conservancy
Manal Aboelata, Prevention Institute
Kelli Bernard, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Carl Cade, Real Estate Developer/Investor, Education Entrepreneur
Glen Dake, GDML Landscape Architects
Clive Hoffman, Clive Hoffman Associates
Richard Mayer, Troller Mayer Associates Landscape Architects
Bruce Saito, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Jill Black Zalben, Black Equities