Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Conversations about Governance, Policy, and Leadership
Lunch with a Leader provides students, faculty, and members of the public the opportunity to hear ideas from local, state, and national leaders, share their own ideas, and gain inspiration for effective governance in a more intimate and informal setting.
Jennifer Samson handles all aspects of River LA's real estate development and placemaking including deal sourcing, structuring financing, securing entitlements, and overseeing projects from construction through to completion. She most recently completed the first phase of three LA River pocket-parks, or Rio Vistas, in the Elysian Valley.
River LA designs to attract public and private dollars for projects that spur river revitalization for everyone. This approach positions them to leverage and build upon an anticipated 1 billion dollars in federal funding as a part of the US Army Corp of Engineers's focus on river ecosystem restoration. They have a unique value add by bringing the many actors together and navigating complex interests along the Los Angeles River. They are building a broad-based coalition across multiple sectors, working cooperatively and transparently to carry out their mission.