"I grew up poor in Santa Monica. My clothes came from Goodwill. We had no health insurance. My parents died for lack of treatment. The experience helped me see injustice early on and I became a community organizer. When I needed funding to organize around welfare reform, people said, 'Talk to Liberty Hill.'"
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 Chief Program Officer. 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.
Shane currently sits on the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, and she is the co-chair of the California Executive Alliance for Boys and Men of Color SoCal Region. Shane is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow focusing on youth justice issues, particularly on ending youth incarceration as we know it in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Southern California Grantmakers Board of Directors and sits on both the Advisory Committee for the Black Equity Initiative of the JIB Fund, and the board of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH). Shane won the 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.
Prior to joining Liberty Hill, Shane was the Executive Director of PATH Ventures, an affordable housing development agency. She also served as a senior advisor to then-City Council President Eric Garcetti, overseeing housing, economic development, the city budget, public safety and LGBTQ issues. Shane has also worked as a community organizer focusing on economic justice in low income communities of color in LA.
A graduate of Kenyon College, Ms. Goldsmith spent a year as a National Hunger Fellow managing a homeless shelter in Indiana and then conducting federal policy research on welfare reform in Washington, D.C. Shane has a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration.
Shane lives in Los Angeles with her wife Monica Granados and their two children.