Southern California Grantmakers Names New President

Christine Essel SCGThe Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) has announced the selection of Christine Essel as the organization’s next President starting February 1, 2013. Christine recently served as Chief Executive Officer for the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles and its successor agency CRA/LA. Her appointment is effective February 1, 2013.

As Chief Executive Officer for CRA/LA and the Community Redevelopment Agency for the City of Los Angeles, Christine has provided support and incentives to attract private investment to improve the quality of life and provide economic development opportunities in Los Angeles’ most challenged communities.

Prior to her work at CRA/LA, Christine had an impressive, 30-year career at Paramount Pictures, starting in finance and going on to build a government and community relations unit including legislative affairs, employee volunteer programs, corporate responsibility, ethics, fundraising and leadership of the studio’s philanthropic efforts.

Christine’s civic involvement activities include a run for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council and membership on the Boards/Commissions of the Grand Avenue Project, Los Angeles Development Fund, Film LA, Central City Association, Los Angeles World Airports, and the California Workforce Investment Board.


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