Staff

Deidre Lind

Interim President & C.E.O.

Deidre Lind is an award-winning philanthropic leader with effective, impact-driven results.  Ms. Lind served as the founding President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles created to build a diverse array of public/private partnerships focused on innovation and impact.  Ms. Lind has built her career over two decades leading corporate responsibility and philanthropy programs, including serving for a decade as Mattel’s chief global social impact strategist where she launched their two-percent pre-tax profit annual commitment, and delivered the Company’s first global sustainability assessment. Ms. Lind has served as the President of a private foundation and consulted with a number of corporate clients and government entities. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers and the Social Impact Fund. 

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Lind received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Masters degrees in both  Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Southern California.


Ilir Lita

Ilir Lita brings two decades of experience across public, private, and philanthropic sectors to his role as the Director of Programs at the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles where he partners with civic leaders to address the city’s most pressing challenges. Prior to the Mayor’s Fund, he was the Director of Research, Operations, and Impact for The Artemis Agency, a philanthropic advisory firm. At The Artemis Agency, he worked with individual, corporate, and non-profit clients to create long-term, comprehensive strategies for charitable giving. Ilir’s prior experience includes creative development at DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment, and product development at Google. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for the L.A. chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Co-Chair of its Giving Circle and has served on the Board of Governors for the University of Southern California and as Co-Chair of Avant-Garde at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A first-generation college student, Ilir earned a Bachelor’s in Communication and Media Studies and a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.


Marie DeAeth-d’Almeida

Marie’s expertise lies at the intersection of data and social good. In her previous roles at Foundation Center she worked in a data management capacity with public charities data and international philanthropies data. For the city government of her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, she oversaw the adoption of a new database for environmental inspection reporting with the Division of Water Quality. As an avowed generalist, Marie enjoys working with organizations that serve a variety of issues areas in order to create change that is intersectional and multi-faceted and seeks to build capacities and partnerships across sectors. Marie frequently finds herself brimming with ideas and derives joy from improving workflow efficiencies, optimizing data management and analysis, and exploring new possibilities for innovation, design, and collaboration. She currently volunteers as a teen mentor with a local nonprofit, WriteGirl, and is a member of the Southern California Chapter of PEAK Grantmaking. Marie holds a Master’s of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree (Summa cum Laude) in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Kentucky.


Julie Takakjian

Julie, a life-long Angeleno, is proud to be serving as the Mayor’s Fund Coordinator. Previously, Julie served as the Executive Director of Marketing for the UCLA student-run non-profit, the Pediatric AIDS Coalition. In this role she coordinated social media strategies, oversaw design alterations, and collaborated on media coverage regarding the cause-related work of the organization. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies combined with her specialization in Gender Studies from UCLA enables Julie to utilize an intersectional approach to build strong relationships within the philanthropic sector. With special interests in equity, health and sustainability, Julie is excited to work alongside a team that has a hand in impacting all kinds of positive change around Los Angeles.


Natalie Robles

Natalie is a Program Associate at the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Previously, Natalie worked with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity to assess the impact of their racial equity training program for local governments in California. During the Obama Administration, Natalie worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through an intergovernmental partnership with PolicyLink, where she created a guide to effective government-philanthropic collaboration and contributed to the rollout of landmark federal fair housing regulations. She also brings experience in international development through consultancies with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the World Bank. Natalie holds a Master’s in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in Community and Economic Development, and she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a transplant to Los Angeles from Washington, D.C., she is excited to have this opportunity to support her new hometown through impactful projects and innovative partnerships.

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