As President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, Deidre Lind is leading the development of the first broad-reaching public charity to support public/private partnerships aligned with the vision of the Mayor of Los Angeles. Previously, Ms. Lind served as Executive Director of the Mattel Children’s Foundation and Director, Corporate Affairs, Mattel, Inc. where she led the international social impact strategy and oversaw all grantmaking, toy donations, volunteer efforts and corporate contributions. She also led the company’s first environmental impact assessment and the development of the company’s first measurable sustainability targets.
Ms. Lind’s prior experience includes serving with Kaiser Permanente’s California Division as the Associate Director for Government and Community Relations and working on social policy for Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
Ms. Lind is an active leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers.
A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Lind received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and both a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California. She has also completed the San Francisco Academy, a nationally-recognized corporate public relations development program.
Ms. Lind is married with two children and is actively involved in the Los Angeles public schools which they attend.
Sumi Parekh is a Manager of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Prior to the Mayor’s Fund, she was the Director of Legislative Affairs and Programs at the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC). At the LABC, she focused on outreach for LADWP’s Feed-in-Tariff program and policies relating to housing, transportation, and workforce development, managed certain aspects of LABC’s research arm, the LABC Institute, managed the Legislative Affairs, Energy & Environment, and Housing & Transportation Committees, and managed the influential Mayoral Housing, Jobs, and Transportation and Sustainability Summits.
Sumi graduated in 2013 from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Public Policy. Her Masters thesis focused on the economic impact of the Panama Canal expansion on Southern California. She also worked at Network Public Affairs in Long Beach, helping complete the environmental impact reports for the 710-lane extension and the 10 express lanes.
Before moving to California to pursue her master’s, Sumi worked as an actuarial and management consultant in Dallas with Mercer and Towers Watson. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with a B.S. in Mathematics and has an ASA with the Society of Actuaries.
Karlo is a trained economist (Michigan, MPP; Maryland, BA), and brings to The Fund a unique skill-set of research, communications, finance, management, and fundraising. He earned his political reputation as the country’s youth vote expert during the 2006 and 2008 elections while working at CIRCLE. Since then he’s worked at The Aspen Institute, where he expanded their donor communications, and at the Truman National Security Project, directing a nationwide program expansion to promote the 4-D approach – where America leverages its Defense, Diplomatic, Development and Democratic engagement tools to lead towards a safer, more prosperous world. In addition to his role at The Fund, he is a Contributor with The Economist Intelligence Unit – providing business insight consulting to the world’s top companies – and a board member of the L.A. River Public Art Project.