AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee - Developing a Regional Strategy
Tuesday, February 11 (7pm - 8:30pm), 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
ALTOON PARTNERS LLP, 617 West 7th Street, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90017
AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee
a series of monthly meetings scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

February 11 (7pm - 8:30pm)

617 West 7th Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90017


Objective for 2014:  to establish a greater partnership between AIA|LA and our region’s Council of Governments (COG) and federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) – the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) – to recognize design as a top-line strategy to address our region’s economic and ecological challenges and opportunities.

Guest Speakers:
Tracy Rafter - CEO, Los Angeles County Business Federation
Jonathan Parfrey - Executive Director, Climate Resolve

Tracy Rafter
Tracy Rafter was instrumental in BizFed’s organizational founding, early-warning, advocacy and outreach efforts, as well as boosted civic engagement among the elusive business-owner market segment. Since its launch in January 2008, BizFed has nearly doubled its number of members and is extremely proud of its dynamic Board of Directors comprised of 180 Los Angeles County market-leading executives.

Today, BizFed, a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization, serves over 100 business organizations representing a diverse cross-section of well over 250,000 businesses across the county and works to advocate for positive public policy, legislation, and civic engagement across Los Angeles County's diverse business community. Recently BizFed formed a foundation arm, BizFed Institute, and a political action committee, BizFed PAC, to extend research, education, and campaign work to complement BizFed’s core advocacy efforts.

Jonathan Parfrey
Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve. Appointed in 2009, Parfrey served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He is also a visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Parfrey is immediate past-president of theLos Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event. He is also a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business.

The AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee
The AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee (POC) mission is to help establish a political voice for architects and perform leadership outreach to policy makers and elected officials on matters of importance to AIA|LA and its membership. The POC’s goals and objectives are to develop policy positions on matters related to the built environment, urban design, and the practice of architecture. The POC can serve both as a catalyst that initiates new policy and as an advocate and advisor that encourages and promotes proposed policies already in development.

Chair:  Gwynne Pugh, FAIA
Past-Chair: Chava Danielson, AIA
Vice-Chair/ Chair-elect:  (vacant)