"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.
Prior to joining Liberty Hill, Ms. Goldsmith was the Executive Director of PATH Ventures, an affordable housing development agency. Prior to that, she served as a senior advisor to then-City Council President Eric Garcetti for four years, overseeing a variety of field and legislative projects, including housing, economic development, the city budget, public safety, and LGBTQ issues. Before that, Ms. Goldsmith was 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. Ms. Goldsmith holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration. She wrote her Master's thesis on leadership development.
Currently, in addition to her day job, Ms. Goldsmith 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 So-Cal Region. She is a member of the Southern California Grantmakers Board of Directors and is on the steering committee of Hope and Heal: The Fund to Stop Gun Violence in California. She sits on the board of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), and the selection panel for the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship. She 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.
Ms. Goldsmith lives in Los Angeles with her wife Monica Granados and their two children.