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SENIOR LEADERSHIP

WENDY BUTTS |

Chief Executive Officer

 

Wendy Butts

Chief Executive Officer

A 18-year veteran of the LA Conservation Corps, Wendy A. Butts has been leading the organization as CEO since July 2014.

Wendy’s interest in the environment and its impact on communities started in 1994 when she worked as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. She planned community recycling projects, created an environmental club and educated middle school students in conservation-related studies in a rural coastal town. She began her career at the LA Conservation Corps in 1998 working directly with Corpsmembers and training them in natural and urban environmental studies. She moved from program delivery into Administration and served as Development Director and Contract Compliance Officer before leaving the Corps at the end of 2010 to serve as Corporate Compliance Officer at QueensCare/QueensCare Family Clinics, which together provide accessible healthcare to thousands of un- and under-insured individuals and families in Los Angeles County each year. At QueensCare, she developed a new compliance program, conducted internal audits and developed written standards and procedures.

In July 2013, Wendy returned to co-lead the LA Conservation Corps as Managing Director, responsible for the organization’s administration, operations, and achievement of financial objectives. After a year in that role, the Corps’ Board appointed Wendy as the CEO. Under Wendy’s leadership, the LA Conservation Corps has streamlined financial management and other administrative processes and implemented the Corps’ Green Career Pathways Program which provides Corpsmembers with the skills, training and experience that will ensure their success in green jobs after the Corps.

“The LA Conservation Corps has a rich history of improving the urban environment and the lives of Corpsmembers,” said Wendy. “I am honored to serve as CEO and look forward to working with the Board, staff and our partners as we make LA a better place to live for everyone.”

Wendy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northern Arizona University and an MBA in International Finance from Loyola Marymount University and enjoys running, camping and hiking with her husband and two children.

Learn more about Wendy in her interview with Voyage LA magazine.

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LLOYD WRIGHT |

Chief Financial Officer

 

Lloyd Wright

Chief Financial Officer

Lloyd is responsible for all financial matters for the LA Conservation Corps. His primary areas of responsibility include finance, accounting and payroll administration, budgetary planning, strategy, and information technology.

Lloyd has more than 20 years of financial management, consulting, and strategic planning experience in various organizations, including Bank of America, Anthem, and Deloitte Corporate Finance, LLC. He has extensive experience developing and implementing procedures to improve financial control, cash flow management, and business forecasting processes. Lloyd also volunteered as a Pro-Bono Finance Consultant with the Taproot Foundation, assisting non-profit organizations on finance and strategy solutions.

Lloyd earned his M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California focusing on Finance and Strategy. He has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.

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BO SAVAGE |

Deputy Director, Operations

 

Bo Savage

Deputy Director, Operations

Bo is responsible for overseeing a staff of 80 at five sites throughout greater Los Angeles who implement the LA Corps’ conservation programs. His primary responsibility within the organization is to develop and oversee the nearly four dozen contracts that the Corps undertakes on an annual basis in order to employ over 1500 participants to plant trees, build parks, recycle renewable resources, and many other projects. These urban forestry, habitat restoration, and other conservation-related contracts total in excess of $15 million annually.

Bo has worked at the LA Conservation Corps since 1992, where he has managed a wide variety of projects throughout the years. In addition to his responsibilities and experiences at the LA Corps, Bo also serves as the Vice President for Legislation for the California YouthBuild Collaborative (a statewide youth employment and education consortium), and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Education Corps (a charter high school that educates the participants of the LA Conservation Corps). Bo holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from California State University, Long Beach.

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ELISA NETHERCOTT |

Compliance Officer

 

Elisa Nethercott

Compliance Officer

Elisa is responsible for overseeing all compliance functions for the LA Conservation Corps. Prior to joining the Corps, Elisa was an attorney in private practice for ten years. She was a litigator at a large law firm in Boston, MA and then focused on advising clients in various compliance matters in Washington, D.C. While in the private sector, Elisa was drawn to service and outreach, and developed a robust pro bono practice representing victims of domestic violence, children with special education needs and low income tenants. Elisa holds a B.A. in Philosophy from William Smith College and a J.D. from The College of William and Mary. Elisa is a classically trained pianist and a hiking and yoga enthusiast.

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ERICA BLODGETT |

Development & Communications Director

 

Erica Blodgett

Development & Communications Director

Erica Blodgett brings over ten years of experience in fundraising, communications, and nonprofit management to the position of Development & Communications Director for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Her professional experience has reflected her passions and focused primarily on education, women’s and children’s services, the arts, and the environment. Prior to joining the Corps, Erica was the Director of Development at Kidspace Children’s Museum for several years during which time she revitalized the museum’s institutional giving program. Before that, she served as the Development and Communications Director for the Violence Intervention Program, a public-private partnership between LAC+USC Medical Center and the VIP Community Mental Health Center.

Erica earned her BA in American Literature from the University of Southern California. She then served in the Peace Corps building up a rural elementary school library in the island nation of Micronesia. After that life altering experience, she earned her master’s degree in Development Management from the School of International Service at American University.

Erica is also an accomplished writer who spent several years as a reporter with local and regional print and online news outlets. Some of her more creative work has appeared in anthologies published by the Los Angeles-based mentoring nonprofit, WriteGirl, with whom she was also a mentor for a time. She served on the Board of the Sierra Madre Community Foundation and as a Commissioner with the Sierra Madre Arts Commission.

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LUISA ACOSTA |

Director of Partnerships

 

Luisa Acosta

Director of Partnerships

Luisa Acosta serves as the Director of Partnerships for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. An immigrant from Mexico, Luisa grew up in the very diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles and learned quickly the value of being bilingual and bicultural. These traits have served her well throughout her career.

She brings over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector and has a successful track record in the areas of marketing, government affairs, media relations, community relations and business development. She is a seasoned executive who has worked across numerous industries including Television News, Politics, Corporate America and Non-Profit. Luisa’s primary responsibilities as Director of Partnerships include developing partnerships and relationships with prospective partners to support areas of service and activities. She is responsible for community and business partnerships that will enhance the organization’s public stance and profile to sustain and grow the organization. She is also involved in the development of strategic initiatives around marketing, community relations and government affairs.

Prior to the Corps, Luisa held several executive positions with Farmers Insurance group including Multicultural Marketing, Community Relations, and Recruitment Marketing. She has also served as a Senior Staffer for Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alatorre and as a TV News Anchor for both Spanish and English language stations. Outside of her professional life, Luisa has served on numerous boards that support youth mentorship, women’s economic and political empowerment, and children’s health causes.

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TAMARA MUZAC-BRAVO |

Director of Administration

 

Tamara Muzac-Bravo

Director of Administration

Tamara serves as the Director of Administration for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Her primary areas of responsibility include, human resources, payroll, information technology and administration. Prior to her role as Director of Administration, Tamara served as the Director of Fiscal Operations at the Corps.

Tamara has been working in the nonprofit sector for 18 years in service to youth. She has a wide range of administrative, personnel, finance, and operations skills. She has a diverse nonprofit background and has worked in both direct service and advocacy organizations with organizations like The Children’s Partnership, A Place Called Home, The Salvation Army, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

Her primary responsibilities as Director of Administration are to provide a strategic approach to human resources, assess and improve the technological infrastructure of the organization, develop and implement systems for work flow efficiency, and enhance administrative operations, fleet acquisition and facility maintenance across all Corps locations.

Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Jones International University.

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