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.
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.
Ilir Lita is a Program Manager of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. 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 clients ranging from individuals, corporations and non-profits to help create long-term comprehensive strategies for charitable giving. Ilir’s prior experience also include working in creative development at DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment, as well as product support at Google.
Ilir earned a B.A. in Communication and a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.
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 mentor helping teens find their voice as writers with the Los Angeles-focused nonprofit, WriteGirl and also occasionally consults for ImpactMapper, an innovative startup data platform for measuring philanthropic impact. 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.