Shane Murphy Goldsmith is the President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation’s most admired social change foundations. Ms. Goldsmith served previously as Liberty Hill’s Vice President and Director of Programs. She was responsible for the day-to-day oversight of Liberty Hill’s programs including our training, grantmaking and campaigns as well as Liberty Hill’s operations and finance departments.

Prior to joining Liberty Hill, Ms. Goldsmith was the Executive Director of PATH Ventures, an affordable housing development agency. Prior to that, she served as a senior advisor to then-City Council President Eric Garcetti for four years, overseeing a variety of field and legislative projects, including housing, economic development, the city budget, public safety, and LGBTQ issues. In addition, Ms. Goldsmith ran the Council District 13 Leadership Institute.

A graduate of Kenyon College, Ms. Goldsmith spent a year as a National Hunger Fellow managing a homeless shelter while doing federal policy research in both Indiana and Washington, D.C. Ms. Goldsmith holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. She wrote her Master’s thesis on leadership development.

Currently, in addition to her day job, Ms. Goldsmith sits on the Los Angeles Homeless Authority Commission, the national board of the Neighborhood Funders Group, the L.A. steering committee of the Los Angeles Funders Network for Smart and Equitable Growth, the boards of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and PATH Ventures, and the selection panel for the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows. She is a 2014 Congressional Hunger Center Alumni Leadership Award for leadership in programs or policies that promote social justice, reduce poverty and oppression, and improve food security.

Ms. Goldsmith lives in Los Angeles with her wife Monica Granados and their two children Jude Santiago and Oliver Miguel.

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Michele Prichard
Director, Common Agenda
MPrichard@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 229

 

"When I was 14, teaching Vacation Bible School in a public housing project in St. Louis, I became outraged at the poverty and isolation of the children, and committed myself right then to make a difference in the world." Michele joined Liberty’s Hill’s Community Funding Board in 1982, became Director in 1989, and transitioned to special projects in 1998. Michele holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and has served as a senior fellow to the UCLA School of Public Affairs since 2007. She serves on the boards of GREEN LA Coalition and the Venice Community Housing Corporation.

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Evelin Montes
Director of Grantmaking & Capacity Building Initiatives
EMontes@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext.216

"Growing up in Los Angeles cleaning houses on the weekend with my mother exposed me to privilege and inequity. As I later navigated my way through higher education I realized the problem was institutional. This shed light on my path to organize in the community where I grew up." Evelin's 10-year organizing background is rooted in the MacArthur Park/Westlake area, a gateway community for immigrants. Before joining Liberty Hill, Evelin served as director of community organizing, co-director and interim executive director of Collective SPACE, where she led community building efforts with area leaders. Evelin holds a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College.

 

Margarita Ramirez
Deputy Director, Grantmaking
MRamirez@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext.215

 

"I graduated from high school in 1970 and started to work for Catholic Charities which drew me to an interest to social service work. That summer I attended the national Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War and this shifted my attraction to social change work." Margarita's subsequent years of college activism at St. Mary's College and political activism brought her to Liberty Hill in 1981, where she has been central to Liberty Hill's work investing in strong and viable organizing.

 

Daniela Simunovic
Environmental Health and Justice Program Manager
DSimunovic@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext.211

 

 "Fresno, where I was raised, has one of the highest concentrations of poverty in the nation. It’s a place people leave and don’t want to return to. When I went to college in the Bay and became involved in efforts to promote social justice, I realized that if I was going to create real change, I needed to go back home." Daniela has an extensive background advocating for environmental justice and the rights of marginalized communities. In the San Joaquin Valley, she worked for the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE), leading campaigns to secure clean air and develop grassroots leader in low income communities. She currently serves on CRPE’s board. In 2010, Daniela helped launch Communities for a New California, a statewide organization committed to achieving policy that is socially, economically and environmentally just for California families. Daniela holds a B.A. in Sociology from St. Mary’s College of California and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.

 

Joanna Kabat
Senior Program Manager
JKabat@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext.234

 

"I was fortunate to be raised in Los Angeles in a family and faith community that emphasized social action and justice. In Judaism there is a teaching: 'In a place where there are no people, strive to be a person.' This has been a guiding principle for me in supporting community-led change in the face of the most dire social issues and institutional injustices." Joanna began her career at American Jewish World Service, a funder of international grassroots development work, and then went on to develop social justice educational and volunteer programs for teens at BBYO, Inc. Following that, she directed the executive office at the immigration services and advocacy organization HIAS, overseeing Board governance and strategic planning. She first joined Liberty Hill in 2013 as an intern with the program department. Joanna received her MPA from the USC Price School of Public Policy in 2014, and in 2006 received her BA in English Literature and Human Rights Studies from Barnard College.

 

Karen Driscoll
Brothers, Sons, Selves Manager
KDriscoll@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext.217

 

"Traveling to Africa as a college student sparked my passion for social change. An environment of extreme poverty and desolation juxtaposed with joyful and gracious people stayed with me and upon returning home, I knew I had to be involved in social justice work." Karen holds a BA in International Studies and a MA in Social Entrepreneurship & Change, both from Pepperdine University.

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Michelle Lin
Program Associate - Training & Grantmaking
MLin@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext.206

 

"When I was young, I sat in conservative churches listening to pastors proclaim homosexuality as a sin. As I grew older, I saw this as discriminatory and felt a great injustice was occurring. This disconnect between my religious and social views prompted me to explore other outlooks and lead me to the LGBTQ justice movement. There, I realized social change was possible and saw the importance of defending the rights we are all entitled to." Michelle holds a B.A. in Psychology and International Developmental Studies from UCLA.

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Finance and Administration

 

Preeti Kulkarni
Chief Operating Officer
PKulkarni@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 230

 

"I grew up in Montgomery and my parents won a discrimination lawsuit against University of Alabama. The university had rejected my mom from the residency program because she was a foreign medical graduate. This proved to me that everyone can fight against injustice." Before joining Liberty Hill in 2009, Preeti worked at Connections For Children as their fiscal director for 9 years. She serves on the Board of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) and Center for the Pacific Asian Family(CPAF). Preeti holds a B.S. from Duke University and an M.A. in Accounting from University of Southern California.

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Esmeralda Martinez
Deputy Director of Finance & Operations
EMartinez@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 235

 

"When I began to look for a college to attend, I realized that everyone should be entitled to equal opportunities despite any circumstances they may have lived under or gone through in the past. That’s why I joined Liberty Hill." Esmeralda joined Liberty Hill in 2009. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Managerial Accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

 

Max Azzarello
Senior Operations Assistant
MAzzarello@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 201

 

"To borrow a line from Vonnegut, studying anthropology taught me that there are no bad people. It is this belief that has drawn me toward social justice and toward fighting to change our systems of inequality and discrimination." Max’s work has ranged from energy management to creative placemaking to political campaigns on both coasts. He holds BAs in Anthropology and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina, along with a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. His passions are food systems, income equality and medieval Scandinavian poetry.


Development & Donor Services

 

Susan Naranjo
Deputy Director of Development
SNaranjo@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 208


“I have seen workers (mostly women) escorted off their job, ridiculed and harassed by highly paid union busters. The bravest people I have met are workers who stood up against injustice. Empowering people to take action is not an easy thing to do but one of the most beautiful things you will ever witness.”
 Susan Naranjo has worked with SEIU Local 721 since 2008 where she started as an organizer and rose through the ranks to become the Organizing Coordinator of External Organizing. During her tenure at the local, Susan gained electoral organizing and coalition building skills, strong staff management and operations experience. She was able to grow the union by empowering workers and connecting them to issues in their community.

 

Blanch Ross
Program Officer, Donor Services
BRoss@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 203


“As a child my father would often share his experiences growing up in segregated Texas, hearing his stories sparked my interest in the civil rights movement, which I later studied as an undergraduate student. The fight for racial justice is not over; Liberty Hill is working to eliminate the injustices that affect communities of color today.”
  Prior to joining Liberty Hill Blanch worked in fundraising at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Blanch holds a B.A. in History from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge.

 

Ariel Bustamante
Executive Assistant/Development Assistant
ABustamante@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 202


“Identities are complex and my experience growing up in Los Angeles as a queer, multiracial woman has only emphasized that. Coming from a family of organizers, I learned at a young age about the need to support movements other than ‘your own’. Organizing across the country stressed the need to address multiple systems at once, if we’re going to create a solid social justice movement.”
 Ariel Bustamante is a former Liberty Hill Leader to Watch and comes from our grantee Gay Straight Alliance Network (GSAN). She attended Green Mountain College, an environmental liberal arts college in the small, rural village of Poultney, Vermont and self-designed her area of study: inequality and oppression studies. As a certified HIV testing and prevention counselor, she worked to increase awareness and access to resources in the small town. For over 6 years, using an intersectional model, she worked to support the leadership development of youth activists and community organizers. As an equity and compliance expert, she trained thousands of adults in the education sector, service providers, and others across the country at conferences, on panels, and through on-site consultation.

Communications

 

Susan LaTempa
Director, Strategic Communications
SLaTempa@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 218


 "When my daughters were younger, I told them about all the social change I'd seen -- about the 'Colored' signs on drinking fountains in the South when I was a kid, or how law schools used to restrict the number of women admitted to just a handful each year. Now I'm proud of how my daughters' generation is pushing for justice in so many arenas." Susan attended Antioch College and has worked in performing arts and journalism. She's been a magazine, newspaper and website editor and writer, and is co-author or co-editor of several travel, performing arts, and food-related books.

 

Crystal Shaw
Contributing Editor
CShaw@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 227

 
"Social justice and change was always in the back of my mind, but when I had my two children it became front and center! I knew I had to find a way to do my part to make Los Angeles a better place for my children – and all children – to live and thrive." After earning her Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Diego State University, Crystal started her career as a News Associate/Production Assistant with CBS News Radio KNX 1070. While at Westwood One Radio Network, she wrote and produced two nationally syndicated radio shows. Most recently, Crystal was a television writer/researcher for BET where she wrote scripts for a daily entertainment show and managed social media around celebrity interviews.

 

Ari DeSano
Production Designer
ADeSano@libertyhill.org
323.556.7200 ext. 219


 "I grew up in the Rustbelt, in an economically challenged and socially conservative area in Northeast Ohio. Seeing what happens when companies are allowed to pollute for many years, and then shut down and move away in search of cheaper labor made a strong impact on me." Ari has been a web developer, designer, and/or user experience designer for educational, non-profit, and entertainment companies and organizations. She addresses social injustice through writing and performing comedy pieces and cabaret songs.

 

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