Paula Daniels: Championing environmental sustainability

by Justine Dodgen Paula Daniels has long been an advocate for environmental causes. Raised in Hawaii, Daniels has said she’s cared about water from a young age, and remembers learning about the importance of malama aina – stewardship of the land- from her grandfather. In a LA Weekly interview in 2012, Daniels says she even asked…

A Conversation with Michael Maltzan: Lessons on Affordable Housing

by Patricia Quintero Estades On Tuesday October 20th we had the pleasure of hosting LA architect Michael Maltzan for our second Lunch with a Leader this semester. We were also lucky to have our own wonderful “architect-in-house” Professor Liz Falleta as our moderator. Mr. Maltzan walked us through some of his most impactful projects, some we highlighted previously: from the Star Apartments…

Lunch with a Leader: GLORIA MOLINA

Lunch with a Leader provides students, faculty, and members of the public the opportunity to hear ideas from local, state, and national leaders, share their own ideas, and gain inspiration for effective governance in a more intimate and informal setting. Join us as we hear from one of LA’s groundbreaking and iconic leaders, Gloria Molina, former LA…

Gloria Molina: A Pioneer in Los Angeles Politics

by Justine Dodgen Described by Los Angeles Times writer Patt Morrison as “the famous feminist politician from East L.A., the career policymaker/politician who still feels like an outsider,” Gloria Molina holds many firsts in the Los Angeles political world. Molina was the first Latina elected to the California State Assembly, L.A. City Council, and the L.A.…

From Power to Impact

Sherry Lansing – Translating a high-power career into impact on education

Did you ever think that your high school math teacher would one day be one of Hollywood’s leading executives? For Sherry Lansing’s students, this idea may have been no surprise. Starting her career as a high school teacher, Lansing went on to spend over 30 years in the film industry and became the first female President of a major film studio.

Building Bridges with Bill Bogaard

by Jeremy Loudenback Despite his soft-spoken public persona, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard casts a long shadow. Over the course of his 16-year tenure, most current Pasadena schoolchildren have grown up knowing only Bogaard as their mayor. During that span, Pasadena has undergone dramatic change, shifting from a sleepy town known for its time-honored traditions to a…

Mayor Bogaard, 15 years in Pasadena

While Pasadena City Hall may be best known for its appearances on the hit show Parks and Recreation, it is also home to one of the longest-governing mayors in LA County. Bill Bogaard, Mayor of Pasadena, has been elected four times, having first taken office in 1999. On February 24, the Bedrosian Center will host Bogaard at our monthly Lunch with a Leader to discuss his experiences and the many changes to Pasadena that have occurred under his leadership.