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Creating a Complete LA River Greenway for All (Please Register)

May 20, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

• Explore new opportunities  • Learn from past projects • Engage with other movers and shakers  


8:30              Registration & Breakfast

9:00              Welcome
J.R. DeShazo, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

9:10              Morning Keynote
Patt Morrison, journalist, author, and radio-television personality

9:30              Plenary Panel: Visions and Opportunities for a River Greenway for All
Moderator: Beatriz Solis, The California Endowment
Panelists: Omar Brownson, River LA; Benjamin Feldmann, Mia Lehrer + Associates; Peter Kareiva, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Irma Muñoz, Mujeres de la Tierra 

10:30            Networking Break

10:45            Community Access to the LA River
Moderator: Shelly Backlar, Friends of the Los Angeles River
Panelists: Mark Kenyon, North East Trees; Kevin Kim, LA County Flood Control District (invited); Steve Costley,
City of South Gate (invited); Brian Baldauf, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority 

11:55            Lunch 

12:30            Parks along the LA River
Moderator: Vaughan Davies, AECOM
Panelists: Michael Allen, City of Cudahy; Laura Saltzman, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority;
Guillermo Barragan, City of Los Angeles (invited); Robin Mark, Trust for Public Land

1:35              Pathways along the LA River
Panelists: Melanie Winter, The River Project; Adi Liberman, Community Conservation Solutions; Neil Drucker,
City of Los Angeles

2:40              Bridges across the LA River
Panelists: Robin Mark, Trust for Public Land; Kevin Carter, City of Glendale; Jennifer Samson, River LA

3:30              Partnering and Working with Key Agencies
Panelists: Eileen Takata, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (invited); Daniel Sharp, LA County Flood Control District (invited);
Carol Armstrong, LARiverWorks

3:55              Closing Remarks
J.R. DeShazo, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

4:00              Reception

5:00                 End

*Event includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon reception*


  • Community members, advocates, and leaders
  • Non-profit leaders and advocates
  • Government agency staff
  • Elected officials and policymakers
  • Businesses and business associations
  • Academics, researchers, teachers, and students
  • Journalists and the media


The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
The David Bohnett Foundation
The California Endowment


May 20, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Luskin School of Public Policy
Luskin Center for Innovation


UCLA – Luskin School of Public Affairs – Third Floor Terrace