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Philanthropist Melanie Lundquist and Councilman Joe Buscaino on Tax Day!

April 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10:00 am

Join us for a conversation with Giving Pledge Philanthropist Melanie Lundquist and LA City Councilmember Joe Buscaino on why giving to AltaSea is the smart play on Tax Day! Members from the AltaSea team will join the conversation to discuss the importance of the ocean economy and the search for 21st century solutions to climate change.

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Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles City Councilmember and President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council

Councilmember Joe Buscaino has served on the Los Angeles City Council since 2013. He represents the City’s 15th Council District, which is home to AltaSea. Additionally, Buscaino recently served as President of the National League of Cities, the oldest and largest national organization representing over 2,000 municipal governments throughout the United States with a focus on improving the quality of life for their current and future constituents. A lifelong South Bay resident, Buscaino has supported AltaSea since its inception. Buscaino gave his 2018 State of the District at AltaSea’s campus, highlighting the ocean incubator in his district as “the epicenter for the emergence of an entirely new industry.”

In 2020, AltaSea and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) co-authored a report that included the first new category of jobs in Los Angeles in more than a decade – the “Ocean Economy.” The report on the newly designated ocean economy shows that it will produce more than 126,000 direct jobs and pay wages upwards of $37.7 billion by 2023 in Los Angeles County alone.

Melanie Lundquist, Giving Pledge philanthropist

Melanie Lundquist is one of Southern California’s most significant and active philanthropists and a respected voice on philanthropic issues. Melanie and her husband, Richard, are both signatories of The Giving Pledge, a commitment created by Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to give the majority of their wealth to address some of society’s most pressing problems. They have appeared four times on The Philanthropy 50, the annual list of the nation’s 50 most generous philanthropists published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The couple has pledged more than $325 million over the last decade to support various education, cultural initiatives, and health care efforts in Southern California, the place they have called home their entire lives.

Timothy McOsker, Chief Executive Officer at AltaSea

Tim McOsker is an attorney with more than three decades of experience in government, regulatory, and land development matters. As the CEO of AltaSea, he leads the public-private institute at the Port of Los Angeles to accelerate scientific collaboration, advance an emerging blue economy through business innovation and job creation, and inspire the next generation to tackle climate change through ocean preservation.

Robin Aube, Manager of Advancement at AltaSea

Robin Aube is the Manager of Advancement at AltaSea. A lifelong San Pedro resident, Aube leads AltaSea’s annual campaign and education programming. Currently, Aube is a key facilitator and teacher for Expand LA, a Mayor’s Fund initiative to create a crucial science education program for LAUSD schools. Currently, Expand LA is responsible for the science curriculum of nearly 35,000 LAUSD students. The curriculum includes both live lectures and online classwork, along with virtual field trips.


Val Zavala 

Val Zavala was anchor and executive producer of “SoCal Connected” until her retirement in 2018. Since joining KCET in 1987 she has won 15 L.A. Emmy awards. She has covered major issues in southern California politics, education, government, demographics, healthcare, environment, economy, and arts and culture. She has been honored for her community service by numerous organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association, and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media among others. She was a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University in 1993. She received her M.A. in journalism from American University and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University.


April 15, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am


(424) 210-4975
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