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 My LA2050 Grants Challenge.

We are 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, on the board of Southern California Grantmakers, and as an advisory board member of LA n Sync's Bell Commission and 826LA.

SHAUNA NEP is the social innovation manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation. A bioethicist with a passion for urban innovation, Shauna manages all of the foundation's programs and initiatives, including LA2050. She previously worked in food policy at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College and as program director of the Woolly School Garden Program. A board member of LA-Más, Shauna has a master’s degree in bioethics from New York University and is a proud Angeleno.

KI'TAY DAVIDSON is the social innovation coordinator at the Goldhirsh Foundation. He brings a background in social justice advocacy and a passion for racial, queer, and disability justice. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his disability advocacy, Ki’tay previously worked at Disability Rights International in Washington, D.C. Ki’tay holds a Bachelors degree in Justice, Law, and Society from American University.

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.

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

In 2013, the Goldhirsh Foundation launched LA 2050, 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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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
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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