Southern California philanthropists Richard and Melanie Lundquist announced Thursday, Nov. 22, that they provided $5 million to AltaSea, a nonprofit organization that operates at the Port of Los Angeles, so it can conduct ocean-sustainability programs.
The Lundquists’ gift was made in memory of their friend, Leonard Aube, former executive director of the Annenberg Foundation. Aube, who died in 2015, was the “driving force” behind the creation of AltaSea, according to the nonprofit.
“The entire AltaSea team is honored and humbled to follow in the footsteps of Len Aube as we work to bring the vision to reality,” AltaSea CEO Tim McOsker said.
AltaSea’s business center, located at City Dock No. 1 in the Port, is scheduled to be completed next year. The site will make use of converted warehouses as well as newly constructed buildings to house research facilities and a science center, and will provide connections to entrepreneurial start- ups.