Fond Farewell from Kristin Aldana-Taday

by Anonymous (not verified) on January 20, 2013

jan 20 2013
Kristin (right) at the White House with Peggy Saika, Carol Lee and Preeti Kulkarni

From Liberty Hill's departing Deputy Director, Donor Services:

Dear Liberty Hill Family,

After over eight years of service I am leaving Liberty Hill to start work at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. 

Before I depart, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. It has been an honor and a privilege to work for YOUR Los Angeles public foundation. I am humbled by the work of Liberty Hill’s staff, the power of Liberty Hill’s grantees and the investment made by the foundations and individuals who help to support Change. Not Charity. 

During my tenure I have worked on, witnessed or supported some amazing projects including

  • Van Tours that have brought together Angelenos to learn about organizations like Community Coalition, InnerCity Struggle and ROC-LA, groups made of hard working community members striving for social justice in their communities and their workplaces.  
  • The Wally Marks Leadership Institute that addresses the critical need for intensive, customized, on-the-job training and mentoring for leaders of grassroots organizations in communities of color, working with small budgets and long-term social justice goals.  And
    sometimes brings Freedom Riders to the conversation!
  • Scholarships that have been a lifeline for Dreamers, undocumented students seeking financial aid to pursue higher education in California.

This list doesn’t even cover the amazing work of Liberty Hill’s Community Funding Board and the Fund for Change or the groundbreaking collaborative effort for Brothers, Sons Selves or the Clean Up Green Up initiative!

As I reflect upon my time with Liberty Hill, I beam with pride that I was lucky enough to be a part of an organization whose roots run deep and wide in Los Angeles to make it a more just place. Every day I was inspired by the every day people like you who make Liberty Hill’s work possible. I will continue to support Liberty Hill in every way possible in the same way it has supported me personally and professionally.  You haven’t seen the last of me yet!