Social Investment Leader Tara Roth Joins AltaSea Board of Trustees

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is pleased to announce that Tara Roth has joined the organization’s Board of Trustees. Roth brings a wealth of experience and expertise in social investment, nonprofit management, and community engagement to her new role on the board.

“Tara’s exceptional leadership skills and commitment to sustainability make her a valuable addition to AltaSea’s leadership team”

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As President of the Goldhirsh Foundation, Roth has been a driving force in supporting innovative and sustainable solutions to complex social and environmental challenges since joining the foundation in 2006. She oversees all aspects of the foundation and its $70 million annual budget, including sourcing and vetting investments that connect profit with impact to make its endowment 100% mission-aligned.


Under her leadership, the foundation has launched a number of groundbreaking initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in Los Angeles and beyond. One of these initiatives, the annual LA2050 Grants Challenge, seeks out the greatest innovators working to create an even better future for the region. AltaSea won $100,000 in the 2016 LA2050 Grants Challenge.


“We are thrilled that Tara has agreed to join AltaSea’s Board of Trustees,” said AltaSea President & CEO Terry Tamminen. “Her deep knowledge of the philanthropic sector and decades-long commitment to sustainability initiatives make her a fantastic fit, and her unique vision and insights into Los Angeles will help grow our footprint and impact even more.”


Named one of LA’s “Most Inspiring Women” by Los Angeles Magazine, Roth has deep roots within the local nonprofit community, serving on the boards of several local organizations, including UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and the Lyft City Works Advisory Council. She also serves on the board of the Ad Council. Roth previously served on the board of USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and Southern California Grantmakers. She is a juror in the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.


“It’s an honor to join the Board of Trustees of AltaSea, a nonprofit that has the potential to completely transform Los Angeles’s future,” said Roth. “I deeply believe in the organization’s mission, and I look forward to working with the impressive board and staff they have assembled to build a more sustainable future for our great city.”


Roth joins a distinguished group of leaders on the AltaSea Board of Trustees, including Board Chair and former Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles Dr. Geraldine Knatz, and recent board additions businesswoman Wendy Neu and activist philanthropist Melanie Lundquist.

“Tara’s exceptional leadership skills and commitment to sustainability make her a valuable addition to AltaSea’s leadership team,” said AltaSea Board Chair Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., former executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to have her expertise and vision as we continue to drive forward our mission of advancing ocean sustainability.”



About AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is dedicated to accelerating scientific collaboration, advancing an emerging blue economy through business innovation and job creation, and inspiring the next generation, all for a more sustainable, just, and equitable world.

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