Development & Donor Services
"Community organization is in my blood. Both of my grandparents led their respective labor unions in the 1920s."
William (Bill) Bernstein has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of community organization and fundraising. He began his practice working to organize five older adult social service centers in Essex County New Jersey. He has held positions as Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President, And President and CEO of Jewish Federations in Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Boca Raton Florida. He has also served as Assistant Dean of Development of the University of Maryland School Of Law. Most recently Bill was the Major Gift Director of the RAND Corporation. Bill received his B.A, Summa Cum Laude, from Montclair State University and his M.S.W. from Rutgers University.
"Growing up, both of my parents worked in sweatshops – my mother in the garment industry and my father in the restaurant industry. Their experiences being exploited as non-English speaking new immigrants influenced my decision to go into nonprofit work educating students about prejudice and oppression, and eventually into philanthropy." Carol joined Liberty Hill in 2004 and is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. She holds an A.B. in Women’s Studies from Occidental College.
“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.
"I learned to organize from strong Salvadoran immigrant women like my mom whose sense of fairness motivated her to help other women resist the harsh realities of domestic work and service industry exploitation of 1980's LA. I saw first-hand the power of collective action."
Marlon began organizing in the LGBT community in 1996 while studying anthropology at UCLA. He refined his talent at the Central American Resource Center where he directed community technology, literacy and youth violence prevention campaigns. The range of his proficiency includes advancing neighborhood engagement initiatives for PICO California and conducting civic education and policy change mobilization for Being Alive, People with HIV/AIDS Action Coalition. Over the last 16 years, he has been amplifying the voices and concerns of the grassroots in various communities. He has established many cultural movements and sits on diverse boards that affect issues related to the LGBT, HIV/AIDS and Salvadoran communities in Los Angeles. He shifted professional attention to fundraising at the Barlow Foundation in 2006. Journaling and baking sweet and savory treats are his favorite pastimes.Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
“I always knew that I wanted to help people, but I was convinced that social injustice was limited to developing countries. Liberty Hill opened my eyes to the injustice in my own backyard.” Prior to joining Liberty Hill, Adrine was volunteering in Armenia, where she co-founded Homeland Handicrafts. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in International Development Studies and Political Science.
“There was no support in my small town when I came out. High school was a landmine of homophobic taunts and physical assaults. When I graduated, I understood that social justice would be my life’s mission. Change happens when people are empowered to speak out!” Jason is a new L.A. resident and joined Liberty Hill in December 2013. Prior, he lived in Wichita, Kansas where he was the Executive Director of the Sedgwick County Democratic Party for 8 years, and more recently an event manager at The National MS Society. Jason graduated from Wichita State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science. He is also a freelance writer.
“Growing up, my family was an active part of Miami’s vibrant Cuban-American community, fiercely debating politics and strategizing for social justice in our city. That’s where I learned the power of collective action.” Before joining Liberty Hill, Rodrigo managed administration and individual fundraising at Gender Justice LA, a grassroots organization building power among transgender Angelinos. He also worked on various LGBT rights campaigns with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Rodrigo holds an A.B. in Latin American Studies from Brown University.
"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.
"I was 2 or 3 when Liberty Hill gave a grant to my preschool to buy the building they're still in today. Going to City Hall to support childcare ordinances: That was my idea of an awesome field trip!"
Rose has stuffed envelopes, managed websites and organized data for campaigns, companies and organizations large and small. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz. LinkedIn
"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.
Liberty Hill thanks the following people who have volunteered their time working with staff in the Liberty Hill offices this year.