2019 Honorees

Every day at the LA Corps, our aim is to positively impact the lives of our Corpsmembers and the communities we serve.  Our annual Luncheon honorees are selected for embodying that exact spirit–a commitment to community and our future! We are excited for the opportunity to honor and praise our community champions in this special way.

2019 Corps Champion of the Year

Sean Burton

A Community Champion for Opportunity

This year, the LA Corps presented its Corps Champion of the Year Award at the 2019 Spring Luncheon Celebration to  Sean Burton, CEO of Cityview, for his heart, commitment, and action in the community to make Los Angeles a better place. It is evident that Sean is a community champion, all around. His personal mission to help grow and support the region’s infrastructure, in addition to supporting young people’s futures, the Corps believes has and will have countless benefits.  Sean is passionate about education and opportunity for at-risk youth from under-served, low income backgrounds.  This is why he has been behind the LA Corps for years. “When you support the LA Corps, you are investing in youth AND in the community. It is a 2+2 = 5 solution, because supporting the Corps ultimately helps the community,” he describes.

A prominent leader in the business and civil sector, Sean currently serves as the President of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, which oversees LAX and Van Nuys airports.

A core passion for Sean is infrastructure, including his work with the Los Angeles airport, a major economic resource in the community that provides 600,000 jobs. “I am inspired by Mayor Garcetti’s focus and efforts on infrastructure and jobs,” he shares. Sean is proud of how the infrastructure projects he has supported have benefited LA’s role in the country’s tourism and trade activities.

“The LA Conservation Corps is important because of the critical resources it provides to the community that public infrastructure can’t offer—helping youth build skills for the future,” he continues.  “The Corps has had an incredible impact on Los Angeles; working with over 400 youth each year impacts businesses and helps both families and the community,” he adds.

“I’m always really touched by Corpsmembers’ stories, their resilience, and their excitement about their futures.  It never ceases to amaze me how Corpsmembers have overcome challenges in their lives,” Sean shares.  “I believe that if you give youth opportunities, invest in them and support them, you’re helping make a difference in the community.  They need our help and support. Corpsmembers become a wonderful pool of talent and inspiration.”

Sean believes in giving opportunities to young people.  Along with the LA Corps, his favorite charities include United Friends of the Children, and College Match Los Angeles.  He knows that small acts have the potential to change a person’s life in a big way. His personal success is evidence of the impact a few individuals had on him, when each gave him a chance during key moments throughout his life journey.  Today, Sean uses his influence to help locally and globally—he is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Sean is also a family man. He and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Russell and Grace.

“The values that we instill in our kids are important,” he says. “Our young people have strong beliefs about what our world should become in the future. I have a 17-year-old daughter who is a vegan because she’s incredibly passionate about climate change.” Sean hopes that our future holds a more civil society than what exists today. He explains, “I hope my children will inherit a world where we create opportunities for others, especially income equality, which is really the greatest issue of our time. We’re all in this together.” Sean reflects, “ I also hope that we start to reverse what we’re doing to the planet and make a more sustainable earth.  Like my daughter, we can all do something, do our part for a better future.”


Congratulate Sean >

Corporate Partner of the Year


Smart Mobility for the Modern World

Lime is catalyzing a shift in urban mobility by empowering riders with affordable, sustainable shared transportation options that reach every neighborhood. By partnering with local communities to deploy fleets of free-floating bikes, e-bikes and electric scooters, Lime makes active transportation more convenient and equitable for residents and visitors, while helping cities fight car congestion. Lime operates in over 100 communities around the globe, offering industry-leading data transparency and Lime Access discounts for disadvantaged communities. 

Learn more at www.li.me

Congratulate Lime >

The RK Next Steps Fund Award

The Russell Kantor Next Steps Fund Award honors Russell’s memory by supporting vocational training and scholarships for the young men and women of the LA Conservation Corps as they head out into their futures.

Created in 1989, the award recognizes students who are pursuing a higher education, vocation or trade. To date, we have awarded over $1 million to over 1,000 awardees.

See the 2019 Awardees >


Erica Blodgett, Director of Development and Communications
213-362-9000 x261 | eblodgett@lacorps.org