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2017 Change LA: Fast Forward

Celebrating emerging leaders committed to social justice in progressive Los Angeles.

Change LA: Fast Forward

On Saturday, September 16th, Liberty Hill Foundation hosted its popular 2017 Change LA: Fast Forward mixer. L.A. County's new-generation of progressive donor-activists came together in affirmation of our shared commitments to advance justice here in Southern California, and to resist efforts (whether in Washington or elsewhere) to divide and disempower us. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success! Relive those moments now through our Facebook photo albums of highlights throughout the night. If you couldn't attend you can still make a contribution to support on-the-ground social justice work in Los Angeles.

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Saturday, September 16
4 - 6 p.m.
Hills Penthouse (Thompson House)
8560 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
The venue is on the southwest corner of Sunset Blvd. and Alta Loma Road.
Parking is available in the adjacent parking garage at Sunset and Alta Loma, at a fixed rate of $20/vehicle.
Please note, Change LA / Liberty Hill does not offer parking validation.
Please consider using a ride-share service or ​public transportation.


Kaci Patterson


Wally Marks Changemaker Award
Kaci Patterson is the owner of Social Good Solutions (SGS), a boutique consulting practice bridging ideas with social change. In addition to building multimillion-dollar grantmaking portfolios in the US and abroad, Kaci pioneered capacity building programs, professional development and organizational initiatives that served networks of over 1,000 civil society leaders and public officials. Kaci is a founding member of Communities for Los Angeles Student Success, and co-founded the BLACC (Building Leaders and Cultivating Change) Fund, a giving circle at Liberty Hill supporting grassroots social activism, and Senior Director of the L.A. Partnership for Early Childhood Investment. She is the recipient of the 2016 California Community Foundation Unsung Hero of Los Angeles, and was named one of the 2016 40 Under 40 by the Empowerment Congress.

The Wally Marks Changemaker Award is given annually to an individual whose work in the community illustrates Dr. Martin Luther King's insight that while "the arc of history is long, it bends toward justice."

Leah Hunt-Hendrix


Sarah Pillsbury NextGen Award
Leah Hunt-Hendrix is the co-founder and Executive Director of Solidaire, a donor community dedicated to funding progressive social movements. She has her PhD from Princeton University, where she studied political theory and philosophy, and wrote a dissertation on the concept of solidarity. The focus of her work is on progressive political power, economic justice and racial justice. She is from New York, and has lived around the world, including in Egypt, Syria and the West Bank. She currently lives in San Francisco.

The Sarah Pillsbury NextGen Award is named after one of Liberty Hill's founders and is presented to an individual who heralds Liberty Hill's vision and ideals, and embodies them as a young and influential leader in their personal and professional life.

Host Committee

  • Joshua Kamensky, Co-Chair
  • Shawn Landres, Co-Chair
  • Amy Amsterdam
  • Johanna Arias-Bhatia
  • Brian Buchner
  • Ivory Chambeshi
  • Marie Condron
  • Mike de la Rocha
  • Shruti Garg
  • Marta Ferro
  • Ashlee George
  • Greg Good
  • Todd Hawkins
  • Angie Jean-Marie
  • Alex Johnson
  • Zuzana Riemer Landres
  • David Levitus
  • Paula & Barry Litt
  • Justin Mikita
  • Maya Paley
  • Jared Rivera
  • Solomon Rivera
  • Marlene Salazar
  • Naomi Selligman
  • Mitch Singer
  • Alexandra Suh
  • Amelia Williamson
  • Jenny Wood



  • Annenberg Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • Paula & Barry Litt
  • Bill Resnick and Michael Stubbs


  • Kafi D. Blumenfield
  • Harold and Stephanie Bronson
  • California Community Foundation
  • Californians for Safety and Justice
  • Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)
  • Cypress LLP
  • First 5 LA
  • Zoe Foxley
  • Zuzana Riemer Landres and Shawn Landres
  • Suzy Marks
  • Abby Sher

Change Agent

  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Eliot Estrin & Gabrielle Zhuang
  • Marta Ferro
  • Daniel Freedman
  • Josh Kamensky & Heather Rosenberg
  • Maya Paley and Gregory Rizzo
  • Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Craig Cichy at or at 917-653-2513.