The Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship provides up to six fellows with $100,000 each over a two-year period to think deeply about the intractable problems in their sector, and to tease out solutions that will improve life for the people of L.A. The Durfee Foundation seeks the most knowledgeable, inquisitive, ambitious, influential and highly networked leaders – the ones who are best positioned to identify and solve a thorny problem, if they could just clear the decks. The Stanton Fellowships buy leaders time to leverage their knowledge and contacts.
We are looking for projects that propose adaptive strategies, not a technical fix. We assume that the Stanton journey may not be linear, will likely involve both known stakeholders and new partners, and that it will require patience, perseverance and flexibility. Whether or not the problem is solved, we expect Stanton Fellows to share their lessons learned with colleagues in the field, so others can build upon that knowledge.
is the Executive Director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, managing two Business Improvement District, where she maintains liaison with local government, homeless service providers and community organizations. During her tenure, she has become intimately acquainted with many of the chronically homeless, severely mentally ill people living on the Hollywood streets, and has worked with a coalition to seek transformation in the lives of a few.