Senior Director – LA2050


The world is brimming with cutting-edge innovators with ideas to shape our region and change the world. At the Goldhirsh Foundation, we identify the brightest emerging talent and plug them into the tools to best support their success.

Navigating a cutting-edge region like Los Angeles requires us to function as a dynamic foundation. We hold ourselves to the same high standard of the talent we seek to cultivate. We are a small and growing team, passionate about our work in social innovation. We strive to manifest that beyond our social investments by creating events and mission-driven initiatives meant to connect people across a spectrum of disciplines. LA2050 is one of these initiatives.

LA2050 is a groundbreaking initiative uniting and mobilizing the best thinkers and doers to tackle LA’s biggest challenges – both now and in the future. The Goldhirsh Foundation has undertaken initial project research to determine where LA is today as well as the trajectory we are on. And, we’ve created a shared vision for the future of LA. We are currently seeking a Director who will report to the foundation president and work in collaboration with our team to track and drive progress toward this shared vision, navigate the political sphere, innovate within existing infrastructures, and execute the LA2050 plan of action.


  • Create, lead, and manage all LA2050 planning and implementation including budget, program management, and outreach
  • Establish desired outcomes and metrics for LA2050 and track progress against these objectives
  • Oversee management of all LA2050 initiative growth and campaigns
  • Assist and build relationships with appropriate networks, as it pertains to advancing the LA2050 Goals, LA2050 agenda, and LA205’s organizational growth/development
  • Cultivate, build, and manage partnerships and governance for all aspects of LA2050
  • Navigate the LA political sphere to identify, select, and promote policy initiatives for LA2050 to support and actively change
  • Direct the LA2050 Advocacy Advisory Council to identify opportunities and high leverage points to make impact
  • Direct and manage LA2050’s research and reporting arm, which tracks progress toward the LA2050 Goals
  • Lead outreach and oversee all LA2050 events, ensuring that the appropriate stakeholders are present


  • A flexible and enthusiastic approach to work, including the humility and grace to work effectively with others in a community initiative designed to be a collaborative, team-based project
  • A detail oriented and organized individual with an adaptable, entrepreneurial nature in order to work with a variety of stakeholders
  • Clear and succinct communicator who conveys confidence and enthusiasm when communicating to partners, grantees, vendors and colleagues
  • High energy, inquisitive nature, initiative-taking ability, sense of humor, resourcefulness, and relentless pursuit for success


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of ten years of work experience, which includes experience within the social innovation sector, specifically with social action and/or political campaigns or social innovation start-ups
  • Experience in managing projects and processes: creating timelines and budgets, managing external vendors, and communicating progress internally
  • Experience growing and/or turning around an organization, especially in early growth phase
  • Experience managing events and promotional outreach
  • Experience navigating the political sphere and executing political organizing, and an impressive rolodex
  • Familiarity with digital platforms and social media tools for civic activation and participation
  • A solid network in and knowledge base of Los Angeles


Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, references, and writing sample to:

The writing sample should (briefly) answer the questions below:

• What role should LA2050 play in the future of Los Angeles?
• What specific objectives should LA2050 achieve?
• How would you go about executing on the mission of LA2050?
• How will LA2050 ultimately drive impact?

We are looking to fill the position immediately. Please no phone calls.

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