Since its launch in 2016, the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships has helped its partners co-invest more than $4.5 million to transform Los Angeles County’s system serving vulnerable youth and families. To build upon these successes, today the Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to grow the Center’s funding and staffing, and expand its mandate to include all Board-directed priorities including homelessness, health integration, Sheriff’s Department and jail reform, environmental oversight and monitoring, and immigration.
“In its two and a half years of existence, the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships has had an extraordinarily positive impact on so many lives,” said Supervisor Solis. “By expanding its mandate to address all Board-directed priorities, such as homelessness and immigration, and ensuring that it has the staff and funding needed to be successful, the new Center for Strategic Partnerships will help many more people. By leveraging County resources and the generous contributions of the philanthropic community, we can collaboratively provide the most vulnerable populations with the assistance they need to not only survive, but thrive.”
“When we launched the Center for Strategic Partnerships, it was just the seed of an innovative idea. Two and a half years later, we’ve demonstrated that public-private partnerships can have a big impact,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “The Center helped 25 foundations work with seven County departments who together invested over $4 million, every cent of which has gone to co-create solutions to the many problems that confront the County’s children and families. I am proud to co-author a motion to expand this amazing program that is making the County more effective in serving our most vulnerable residents.”
Today’s action transfers the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships to the Chief Executive Office under the new ‘Center for Strategic Partnerships’ brand, begins the development of a funding sustainability plan for the Center, and allows for potentially expanding the staff after strategic planning. Internal controls for accountability and transparency, including a triennial review and measured progress and outcomes, are required. Importantly, the new Center for Strategic Partnerships will support efforts underlying all of the County’s Board-directed priorities.
“In the two and a half years of the Center’s operations, we have unequivocally proven that the public and private sectors can and do want to work together. And when they do, the potential for impact is unbounded,” said Kate Anderson, Director of the Center for Strategic Partnerships. “Los Angeles County is being led by the most innovative and progressive Board of Supervisors in its history, creating a social compact for our residents that can be a shining example to the entire nation. With all of us working together — public and private alike — we can achieve our potential. The Center is committed to the people we serve, and we look forward to the strategic planning process in the months ahead.”
“I want to thank Supervisor Solis and the entire Board for taking this necessary action and supporting the newly-named Center for Strategic Partnerships,” said Chris Essel, President and CEO of Southern California Grantmakers. “The Center has effectively brought together stakeholders from philanthropy and government to align strategies and efforts to tackle the most pressing problems experienced by children and families in the County. This model of collaboration, closely watched nationally, has demonstrated the power of thoughtful, deliberate and focused efforts to empower the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Following a Board action led by Supervisor Solis in October 2015, the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships was established as a three-year pilot program within the Office of Child Protection. A review of the Center’s initiatives in March 2018 indicated that participants had great enthusiasm and valued their experience with the Center, that the Center was effective in meeting the goals of both the County and the philanthropic community, and permanent placement within the County structure was recommended. Today’s action fulfills these recommendations.
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