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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 & Future

The 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 two 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.

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VACANT, Director of development

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Maddie miller, development associate

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operations & park maintenance

Beverley Keefe, Director of Operations

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Mayra Arce, Office manager

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Fernando Mejia, stewardship coordinator

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Keshia sexton, Director of organizing

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cameron schuster, little green fingers Organizer

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Hugo garcia, Community Organizer

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Jose Gutierrez, Community Organizer

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Daniel Johnson, Community Organizer

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Dayana Molina, Community Organizer

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Jennifer Ramirez, Community Organizer

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Park development, youth programs, and policy

Mark glassock, Director of speical projects

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megan laird, Gardens and youth program manager

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Elsa tung, policy and research manager

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melissa guerrero, Project Manager

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matilde reyes, Project Manager

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skate park staff

Joel Jimenez, Marsh Street Skate Park Supervisor

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christian cabrales, Marsh Street Skate Park Supervisor

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Board of Directors


Manal Aboelata, Prevention Institute

Belinda Vega, Hirschmann & Tseng LLP
Vice Chair

Kevin Napoli, LENA Group

Carl Cade, Tribune Real Estate Holdings LLC


Daniel Abrams, Element, Inc.
Kelli Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of Los Angeles
Ben Howell, Caruso Affiliated
Robert Reid, Tejon Ranch Conservancy
Matthew Steinberg, Artist & Entertainment and Arrive Hotels
Edward Sykes, Los Angeles County Department of Probation
Belinda Vega, Hirschmann & Tseng LLP
Jill Black Zalben, Black Equities


Annenberg Foundation
California Community Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
The California Endowment
California State Parks
City of Los Angeles
Community Health Councils
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
The Eisner Foundation
Erika J. Glazer
Ernest Lieblich Foundation
First 5 LA
Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Red Blue Green Fund
Resources Legacy Fund
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
Roth Family Foundation
Sherwood Family Foundation
Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
Strategic Growth Council
Walt Disney Company
The Walter J. & Holly O. Thomson Foundation
Weingart Foundation
Wells Fargo UrbanLIFT
W.M. Keck Foundation
Women Helping Youth
Wells Fargo UrbanLIFT

Advisory Board

Lindsey Angelats
Michael Condon, Jr.
Danielle Cornwell
Glen Dake
Cecilia Estolano
Belinda Faustinos
Regina Freer
Gilda Haas
Clive Hoffman
Michael Kaufman
Elizabeth Leanse Waybill
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
John Mack
Gerard McCallum
Jerilyn Mendoza
Carl Muhlstein
Thomas Safran
Bruce Saito
Marta Segura
Erin Tanenbaum
Amy Wakeland
Mark Walther
Elizabeth Whitted Dawson