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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 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: abokde@lanlt.org


Barnaby murff, Director of development

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 203 Email: bmurff@lanlt.org


Beverley Keefe, Director of Operations

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 205 Email: bkeefe@lanlt.org

krystal rodriguez, Office manager

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 211 Email: krodriguez@lanlt.org

Susan chung, compliance manager

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 218 Email: schung@lanlt.org


Keshia sexton., Director of organizing

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 206 Email: ksexton@lanlt.org

Jorge villanueva, community organizer

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 214 Email: jvillanueva@lanlt.org

Stephano medina, organizer, County master plan project

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 213 Email: smedina@lanlt.org

Marcus tyrone, organizer, County master plan project

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 204 Email: mtyrone@lanlt.org

juan salas, Community organizer

Email: jsalas@lanlt.org

Emily George, community planner

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 216 Email: egeorge@lanlt.org

Monica curiel, Little Green fingers Lead organizer

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 209 Email: mcuriel@lanlt.org

Mario peregrino, little green fingers Organizer

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 207 Email: mperegrino@lanlt.org


VACANT, Director of programs

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 210

Monica Acosta, Gardens' Program Manager

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 208 Email: macosta@lanlt.org

israel cruz, T.I.L.L. program manager

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 219 Email: icruz@lanlt.org

Daniela Arellano, H.E.A.L. Project manager

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 212 Email: darellano@lanlt.org

project management:

Mike kim, Project Manager

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 201 Email: mkiml@lanlt.org

matilde reyes, Project Manager

Phone: 213-572-0188 Ext 215 Email: mreyes@lanlt.org

skate park staff

Joel Jimenez, Marsh Street Skate Park Supervisor

Contact Joel at jjimenez@lanlt.org

christian cabrales, Marsh Street Skate Park Supervisor

Contact Christian at ccabrales@lanlt.org


Board of Directors


Misty Sanford, Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP

Gerard McCallum, Wilson Meany Sullivan

Kevin Napoli, LENA Group

Robert Reid, Catalina Island Conservancy
Vice Chair


Manal Aboelata, Prevention Institute
Daniel Abrams
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


The Annenberg Foundation
The California Endowment
The Ernest Lieblich Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
The Red Blue Green Fund
The Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
The Roth Family Foundation
The Sherwood Family Foundation
First 5 LA
The Weingart Foundation
The Walt Disney Company
Southern California Gas Company
JPMorgan Chase
Wells Fargo, Urban Lift
The Deutsch Family Foundation
The Anna H. Bing Living Trust

Garden Party 2013 Sponsors

Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation
Glen Dake
Renee Dake Wilson & Brian Wilson

Bill Kamer & Rebecca Crigler
Laurel Canyon Holdings
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Robert Reid/Ernest Lieblich Foundation
Thomas Safran & Associates
Stephanie & Howard Sherwood
Wells Fargo

American Communities
The California Endowment
Canyon Way Nursery
CH2M Hill
Chaparral, Inc.
Carol & Clive Hoffman
LENA Group
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Michael Sfregola
Southern California Gas Company
Troller Mayer Associates Landscape Architects
Wilson Meany

Denise Berger
Corwin Family Foundation
Susan & Scott Edelman
Eric Garcetti
Leonard Hill
Barbara & Ron Goldman
Lisa Gritzner
Thomas Lennon
Steve Marcussen
Councilmember Jan Perry
Rago Auctions

Frank Buckley
Richard Katz
Dean Hansell
LA Spice Catering
West Central Produce
Rick Mayer
ARC Graphics
29 Live, A Place Called Home

As of June 6, 2013


Best Start-Metro LA
Clinica Romero
Community Coalition
Esperanza Community Housing
First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Los Angeles Education Partnership
Community Health Councils
Mercy Housing
Pacoima Beautiful
South LA Building Healthy Communities
The Center: South LA
The Children’s Institute
Union Elementary School
University of California Cooperative Extension
Youth Speak! Collective