Liberty Hill Foundation
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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 16, Liberty Hill Foundation will host its popular 2017 Change LA: Fast Forward networking mixer. More than 200 of L.A. County's new-generation progressive donor-activists will come 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.

2017 Change LA: Fast Forward will also give special recognition to community philanthropists and organizers by spotlighting the contributions of new generations of local social justice visionaries.

Tickets and Sponsorships

Saturday, September 16
4 - 6 p.m.
Hills Penthouse (Thompson House)
8560 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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



  • 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)
  • Zoe Foxley
  • Zuzana Riemer Landres and Shawn Landres
  • Suzy Marks
  • Abby Sher

Change Agent

  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Marta Ferro
  • Daniel Freedman
  • Josh Kamensky
  • 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.

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