About Us

About Us

The world is brimming with innovators whose ideas can shape our region and change the world. At the Goldhirsh Foundation, we identify the brightest emerging talent and give them the tools to best support their success.

We hold ourselves to the same high standard of the talent we seek to cultivate. We are a small team, passionate about our work in social innovation. We strive to manifest that beyond our investments—by creating events and mission-driven initiatives meant to bring together thinkers and doers across a spectrum of disciplines.

The Goldhirsh Foundation has been making grants for almost a decade, but was re-launched in 2012 in Los Angeles, where the majority of our
grant-making occurs. In 2013, the Goldhirsh Foundation conducted its grantmaking via the 2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge. After a successful grants challenge in 2013, the Goldhirsh Foundation conducted its grantmaking in 2014 via the My LA2050 Grants Challenge.

The Goldhirsh Foundation is currently hiring. Learn more here.


The Team

TARA ROTH is the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation. Prior to this role, Tara bridged the worlds of marketing, media, and philanthropy as the founding COO of GOOD and a social strategy advisor. Tara began her career in marketing and business development for NBCinternet and Infoseek. She has worked with organizations such as Participant Media, Fifteen Foundation, and the New Schools Venture Fund. As a senior advisor to GOOD, Tara helped launch the Pepsi Refresh Project. Tara received a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, and has an MBA from Oxford University where she was awarded a Skoll scholarship in social entrepreneurship. Tara serves on the executive council of Innovate LA (InLA), on the board of Southern California Grantmakers, on the SoCal Regional Board of Opportunity Fund, an advisory board member of LA n Sync and 826LA, and is a Senior Fellow at USC's Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab.

MATTHEW SHARP is the Senior Policy Director of LA2050. Prior to joining the Goldhirsh Foundation team, he led the Los Angeles Office of California Food Policy Advocates. At CFPA, he spearheaded policy campaigns to improve social justice for underserved communities through making affordable, nutritious food more available. Matt serves on the boards of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, The Tuition Magician and Hunger Action Los Angeles.

ANGIE JEAN-MARIE is the Social Innovation and Marketing Manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation. An East Coast native, Angie has grown passionate about Los Angeles as a test bed for urban and social innovation. Prior to her role at the Goldhirsh Foundation, Angie was a graduate student researcher for the Los Angeles Promise Zone and worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for Rep. Donna F. Edwards where she managed a diverse domestic and social policy portfolio. She holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

MITCHELL COLLEY is the Social Innovation Coordinator at the Goldhirsh Foundation. Prior to his work at Goldhirsh Foundation, he served as a freelance marketing consultant, specializing in arts and culture in Los Angeles. Past projects include marketing strategy for Grand Park, marketing and outreach coordination for The Industry's Invisible Cities, and lead marketing for the L.A. Dance Project at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. A writer, he strives to make creative language a catalyst for positive social change.

CLAIRE HOFFMAN is a director of the Goldhirsh Foundation. She writes for national magazines, covering culture, celebrity, religion, business, and whatever else seems interesting. She has a master’s degree in religion from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her daughters, Josie and Vivian, sit firmly at the center of her universe.

Ben Goldhirsh

BEN GOLDHIRSH is the co-founder and CEO of GOOD, a global community of, by, and for pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress. Outside of GOOD, Ben is the Chairman of The Goldhirsh Foundation, an organization built to help social innovators implement and scale solutions to critical societal challenges. A co-founder and board member of City Year Los Angeles, Goldhirsh graduated from Brown University and currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow Ben on GOOD.

Press

To contact the Goldhirsh Foundation, email team@goldhirshfoundation.org.

JULY
24
2015
The Seven Most Innovative Philanthropists in Los Angeles, Starfish Impact

Goldhirsh and its LA2050 initiative featured among top philanthropic thinkers in Los Angeles that inspire with creativity and impact.

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JULY
14
2015
New LA2050 Report, Vision for a Successful Los Angeles

Today, LA2050 released its latest findings in LA2050: Vision for a Successful Los Angeles. This report is the second in a series of publications that comprehensively measure the quality of life in Los Angeles County. LA2050, an initiative of the Goldhirsh Foundation, drives and tracks progress toward building a better future for the Los Angeles region.

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JUN
24
2015
L.A. City Hall Seeks to Fill Special Position on Transportation Technology, Route 50

Route 50's Neil Ungerleider checked in with Goldhirsh Foundation's President, Tara Roth, to discuss the foundation's investment in the City of Los Angeles' Department of Transportation Technology Advisor.

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JUN
15
2015
How Outdoor Civic Venues Are Being Adapted for Events, Goldhirsh Foundation's LA2050 Event at Grand Park as a Case Study

Forward-thinking cities are building event-friendly amenities into outdoor space at public venues.

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JUN
5
2015
Tara Roth featured on BBC News Business Matters

Tara Roth joins BBC News Business Matters to talk about the Goldhirsh Foundation's work in Los Angeles supporting social innovation.

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MAY
29
2015
Tara Roth, President of the Goldhirsh Foundation, featured in Vator TV

Check out a full video of Vator Splash LA 2014: "Technology and the LA Culture," with panelists: Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon; Rob Kornegay of Wilson Sonsini; Peter Marx of City of LA; Ashish Soni of USC Viterbi School of Engeineering, Viterbi Startup Garage & VSi2; Eva Ho of Susa Ventures; and Tara Roth of Goldhirsh Foundation, LA2050; with moderator Kevin Winston, Founder of Digital LA.

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MAY
13
2015
LA Downtown News: Pershing Square Playgrounds Break Ground

Representatives from the city Department of Recreation and Parks, the Pershing Square Park Advisory Board and the Goldhirsh Foundation’s LA2050 Campaign joined LA City Councilman Jose Huizar to commemorate the groundbreaking of two new children’s playgrounds.

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MAY
7
2015
Goldhirsh Foundation supported LADOT Fellowship featured in Fast Company

Los Angeles, the city that is synonymous with car culture, is getting a citywide advisor on autonomous vehicles, rideshares, and bicycles. The new position at Los Angeles's Department of Transportation will be a year-long fellowship made possible by a grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation.

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APR
30
2015
Groups work to turn South LA lots into children's playgrounds

LA2050 grantees Trust for Public Land and Community Health Council's LA Open Acres are featured in this story on KPCC.

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APR
30
2015
Twitter makes a stop at Incubator School, an LA2050 grantee

#TwitterDrive makes a stop at LA2050 grantee Incubator School in LA, a school dedicated to fostering tomorrow's entrepreneurs.

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APR
29
2015
Los Angeles Community Impact hosts Spring Showcase featuring Shauna Nep

USC's Los Angeles Community Impact hosted its Spring Showcase, the culmination of the organization’s semester-long consulting projects on Wednesday. Shauna Nep, director of community and innovation at the Goldhirsh Foundation, discussed what Goldhirsh Foundation calls the five points along the “circuitous path of innovation”: necessity, hustle, storytelling, unusual suspects and the reflective incubation period.

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APRIL
17
2015
Tara Roth interviewed by Lioness Magazine

With a staff of only four full-time employees, along with some contractors and interns, the Goldhirsh Foundation is making incredible strides to work toward its mission of supporting personal innovation in Los Angeles.

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APRIL
16
2015
Risk-Taking Philanthropy Work Can Make a Big Urban Impact, Next City Profiles Shauna Nep

Next City profiles Shauna Nep, Director of Community and Innovation at the Goldhirsh Foundation.

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APRIL
13
2015
L.A. saving water but still has a long way to go, Los Angeles Times

UCLA institute gives Los Angeles County a 'C' for its management of water supply and water quality, and researchers find that L.A. County's potable water use is still almost twice as high as average European city.

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APRIL
8
2015
UCLA gives Los Angeles County's environment C+ grade, Los Angeles Sun Times

“UCLA’s report card fills a gap in what we know about the county,” said Tara Roth, president of the Goldhirsh Foundation. “It gives the public and policymakers evidence of where improvement is needed, as well as a framework to talk about it. Our hope is that it leads to broader decision-making and policies to improve the county as a whole, not just one community at a time.”

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APRIL
7
2015
UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's Environmental Report Card, KCRW

Tune in to learn more about UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's Environmental Report Card for the LA region.

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APRIL
7
2015
UCLA's Environmental Report Card, Good Day LA

Coverage of UCLA IoES' Environmental Report Card for LA County.

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APRIL
7
2015
UCLA Study Rates L.A. a C+, Los Angeles Business Journal

Los Angeles County has work to do when it comes to the environment, according to a UCLA study released on Tuesday that rates the county’s environmental performance as a C+. Read the coverage on LABJ.

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APRIL
7
2015
LA's environment report card shows average results, KPCC

The Goldhirsh Foundation and LA2050 were proud to partner on Los Angeles' first environmental report card is out. Listen to the interview with Mark Gold on KPCC.

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MAR
4
2015
Stana Katic's Alternative Travel Project And Metro Take On Women's Safety Issues, LAist featuring Shauna Nep

The ATP and Metro-sponsored event focused on safety issues, upcoming Metro projects, and ways the public can get involved to improve the transportation system in Los Angeles. Shauna Nep, director of Community & Innovation at the Goldhirsh Foundation, talked about a “culture shift” away from home- and car-ownership for millennials and how more are opting for car-free lifestyles (as well as Uber and Lyft).

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MAR
3
2015
LA is more than halfway to its goal of 50 new, small parks, KPCC featuring Trust for the Public Land

Since 2012, when officials announced a plan to build 50 new, mostly small parks in some of L.A.’s most crowded neighborhoods, the city has completed 29. They are partnering with nonprofits like the L.A. Neighborhood Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land to build the parks and in some cases maintain them for several years before the city takes over.

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FEB
16
2015
10 skill-sets every entrepreneur must have, according to 3 LA executives, featuring Tara Roth

Be Passionate. Be Authentic. Stay Committed. Our own Tara Roth talked to Built in LA about the skill-sets every entrepreneur must have.

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JAN
14
2015
The Angeleno Who Got CicLAvia Rolling Doesn’t Just Produce Festivals; He Aims to Reshape L.A., featuring Aaron Paley

A rare in-depth interview with the founder of Goldhirsh Foundation grantee Ciclavia's Aaron Paley.

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JAN
8
2015
Inspirational school libraries from around the world, Locke High School

From a story garden in Cornwall to hexagonal towers in Los Angeles, The Guardian looks at inventive spaces designed to get children excited about books. Featuring LA2050 grantee No Right Brain Left Behind's Locke Jet Space at Locke High School.

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JAN
7
2015
How do you turn a tagger into an entrepreneur?, Streetcraft L.A., KPCC

Bobby Rodriguez used to do illegal graffiti all over Southern California. With the help of Streetcraft L.A., he now gets legal work, like this mural on the Santa Monica pier.

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JAN
5
2015
By Planting Seeds in His Neighborhood, This Man Got America Talking About Food Deserts, Ron Finley

A beautiful feature of Goldhirsh Foundation grantee Ron Finley on TakePart.

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JAN
22
2015
Moving LA toward Water Independence

Goldhirsh Foundation grantee UCLA IoES speaks to KCRW about the future of water.

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NOV
20
2014
The Smartest Cities In The World, Fast Company

These cities that are doing the best at embracing the future are focusing on improving technology, equality, sharing, civic participation, and more. LA2050 compiled the data for Los Angeles.

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NOV
4
2014
Making Alleys a Place for Play, Next City

If the Trust for Public Land LA2050 project is scaled, it could have a substantial impact on Los Angeles' urban fabric and 900 miles of alleys.

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NOV
2014
She gives away millions at dream job, Larchmont Chronicle

What would you do if someone asked you to help distribute $1 million? Read Tara's story on Page 25 of the Larchmont Chronicle.

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OCT
21
2014
Windsor Square's Tara Roth Behind LA2050, Larchmont Buzz

Suddenly this fall, it seemed the LA2050 Challenge was everywhere. We were sent emails and stopped on the street – vote for a project that will better life in LA. Given one vote and so many potentially great projects, it was hard to understand where this was all coming from. Who was behind LA2050?

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OCT
10
2014
Celebrate L.A. from Luis Rodriguez to the San Gabriels, KCET

LA2050 organized an epic party celebrating the city in Grand Park. This week L.A. Letters spotlights each of these people and events to reveal the rising spirit across Los Angeles in October 2014.

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OCT
8
2014
L.A. Designer: LA2050′s Tara Roth Talks about Crowdsourcing Civic Improvement, KCRW DNA

There was a time when cities were largely shaped by powerful planners and politicians, developers and philanthropists. Now increasingly the wisdom of the crowds is being tapped, through crowdsourcing initiatives made widely accessible through the internet.

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OCT
2
2014
It’s OK, CEOs are allowed to laugh too, Smart Business Magazine

Humor can be a powerful management tool. Humor reminds us of our collective humanity and renders even the worst decision tolerable. Although humor can manifest itself in widely different ways, humor is a trait shared across all cultures, ages and genders.

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SEP
30
2014
Young L.A. Is the Real Winner of LA2050, CityLab

Today, the foundation behind LA2050—an initiative to draft a comprehensive road map for the city's future—announced the winners of this year's My LA2050 Grants Challenge, a funding competition with a difference: The public got to choose five of the 10 winners, who will share a $1 million bounty.

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SEP
26
2014
You Asked, They Answered L.A. leaders and city activists answer virtual questions at LA2050 and The Atlantic's Twitter party online, The Atlantic

LA2050 and The Atlantic hosted a virtual Twitter party to kickoff the conversation about discovering urban solutions to global problems taking place at this year's CityLab event.

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SEPT
16
2014
Tara Roth Could Make L.A.’s Dreams Come True, LA Woman of the Year, LA Magazine

The president of Goldhirsh Foundation launched LA2050, a civic advocacy program that invests in the future of L.A.

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SEP
2
2014
LA2050 Opens Online Voting for 2014 Grants Challenge, The Hollywood Reporter

LA2050 — an initiative backed by the Goldhirsh Foundation — has opened online voting for its 2014 Grants Challenge, which will see a total of $1 million doled out and distributed evenly among 10 winning submissions.

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JUNE
2
2014
Mayor Garcetti Addresses Gentrification Concerns Along L.A. River, KCET

Right on the heels of Mayor Eric Garcetti's triumphant announcement of the $1-billion investment on the Los Angeles River, came concerns of longtime residents being pushed out in favor of developers looking to turn a profit on what is now prime real estate.

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MAY
2014
The best and brightest of Los Angeles are hard at work planning the city's future, Smart Business Magazine

LA2050 is an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision.

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APRIL
28
2014
#LA2050Listens, LA Commons, Community art project to offer ideas on how to improve MacArthur Park, Los Angeles Times

The #LA2050Listens event, called Story Summit, was organized by L.A. Commons, a community program that uses art to give a voice to underrepresented areas. This particular gathering featured Aztec dancers, arts and crafts workshops and free tamales.

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MAR
13
2014
How a city created a roadmap to a brighter future, PSFK

In 2013, the Goldhirsh Foundation launched LA2050, an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. LA2050 looked at the health of the region through eight key indicators and made informed projections about where Los Angeles would be in the year 2050 if the city continued operate and the people continued to live as they are now.

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MAR
12
2014
A brighter vision of LA’s future, KCRW

A new report that looks farther into LA’s future says there is unlimited potential in LA that needs to be “unleashed.”

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MAR
12
2014
LA2020 v. LA2050: The Battle Over L.A.’s Future, Los Angeles Magazine

Run by the Goldhirsh foundation, LA2050’s hope is to create a shared vision of L.A.’s future by fostering a collaborative climate among Angelenos.

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MAR
4
2014
What LA's future could be if money and politics weren't issues, KPCC

From small ideas to big, a look now at what a vision for LA's own future could look like with Tara Roth, president of the Goldhirsh Foundation.

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DEC
20
2013
A Field Guide To Innovation In Los Angeles, PSFK

In L.A. innovating means providing a better quality of life for the city’s inhabitants across public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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Sep
19
2013
Get to know the Goldhirsh Foundation, KCRW

The Goldhirsh Foundation was among the first KCRW supporters to invest in the Independent Producer Project. For the past two years the Foundation has provided grant funding that allows KCRW to provide financial and production support to some of public media’s most innovative independent storytellers.

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JULY
1
2013
Prophet Margin, An Interview with Ben Goldhirsh, Los Angeles Magazine

Ben Goldhirsh, the founder of Good Worldwide, is putting his millions toward making L.A. a better place—and to making a buck.

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May
16
2013
Connie Butler of MoMA goes to Hammer Museum as new chief curator, Los Angeles Times

After more than a year-long search, the Hammer Museum has hired Connie Butler, currently the chief curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as its chief curator.

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May
8
2013
Winners of $1 million in grants to improve L.A. announced, Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles charitable group that conducted an online poll to determine which of 279 nominated nonprofit and private companies should share in a $1-million prize announced its winners Wednesday.

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MAY
8
2013
Announcing the winners of the LA2050 project, KPCC

The LA2050 project by the Goldhirsh Foundation asked organizations across the city what they would do to shape the future of Los Angeles.

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May
8
2013
2050 LA Will Be Doing So Much More With Its Underused Space, Curbed LA

The votes have been counted and KPCC has the list of 10 projects that are going to make Los Angeles super awesome in 2050. Well, hopefully. The projects are all winners in the LA2050 competition and get to split $1 million in prize money--the competition fielded 270 ideas that might make LA a better place in 37 years, and pledged to give $100,000 to the top vote-getter in each of eight categories, plus two additional wildcard projects chosen by the sponsoring Goldhirsh Foundation.

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APRIL
16
2013
My LA2050: Project Proposals For A Better Los Angeles, Los Angeles Magazine

Along with The Goldhirsh Foundation, GOOD (whose co-founder and CEO happens to be Ben Goldhirsh), has launched the My LA2050 project, a “community-owned mechanism” designed to reimagine L.A.’s future. With the help of experts, academics, practitioners, and supporters, The Goldhirsh Foundation will fund ten Angeleno-submitted project proposals with one million in grants.

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