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2018 Fast Pitch

Meet the Presenters:


The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s –  $20,000 Judges Award

Presenter: Nihal Satyadev

A group of young individuals committed to changing the perception of Alzheimer’s Disease. Their members can be found in high schools and college campuses across the nation creating a grassroots movement to seek the cure. We are youth advocates. They are youth caregivers and youth researchers.

CoachArt –  $10,000 Innovation Award & largest number of individual donations

Presenter: Greg Harrell-Edge

Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Their vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.

FreeFrom – $10,000 Impact Award & greatest sum of individual donations on the night

Presenter: Sonya Passi

FreeFrom focuses on breaking the cycle of violence against women in the U.S., by looking past crisis intervention to violence prevention and helping survivors achieve financial stability so that they can leave and never have to go back.

 Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles – $5,000 Coaches Award

Presenter: Joon Bang

Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles (KAC) was established in 1983 to promote the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community. KAC endeavors to achieve these goals through education, community organization, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse communities.

 CSH SpeakUP! Advocates Program 

Presenter: Ann English

Speak Up!, CSH’s Supportive Housing Community Advocates Program, builds the skills of individuals with lived experience of homelessness to demonstrate how the voice of lived experience of homelessness is a powerful tool for cultivating community support for solutions to homelessness.

Vigilant Love

Presenter: Sahar Pirzada

Vigilant Love works to address the rampant rise of Islamophobia, including interpersonal hate crimes and systemic discrimination, with a focus on resisting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program, “Countering Violent Extremism.”

 Safe Place for Youth

Presenter: Alison Hurst

Safe Place for Youth was founded in 2011 by a group of dedicated volunteers and Founder/Executive Director Alison Hurst, offering hot food, clothing and socks to homeless youth in Venice Beach from their cars. Since the beginning they have been driven to give youth opportunities to transform by multiplying their services, building their programming and strengthening their partnerships.

 Good City Mentors

Presenter: Brian Larrabee

Good City Mentors provides inspiring mentorship for high school youth most at-risk of falling off track, positively impacting student engagement, achievement, and graduation rates.

 Opportunity Fund

Presenter: Iosefa Alofaituli

Award-winning and innovative, Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by.

 CHERP, Community Home Energy Retrofit Project

Presenter: Devon Hartman

CHERP Inc. (Community Home Energy Retrofit Project), 501(c)(3), is dedicated to fighting global warming in the building sector, and “Locally Grown Power” is our capstone project. Locally Grown Power will be the first non-profit solar panel assembly factory in the United States. We are combining cutting edge technology with enlightened economics to comprehensively address greenhouse gasses, jobs, local economic stimulus, and environmental justice.

2018 Semi-Finalist Participants

Whittier First Day

Presenter: Irene Muro

First Day serves approximately 2,300 unduplicated individuals through outreach, homelessness prevention, housing, health, advocacy, and other services on behalf of our clientele. They also serve the Greater Whittier network of providers and community members as a leader in cross-sector convening, information sharing, and volunteer coordination. As their influence continues to grow, they remain committed to stakeholder engagement and responsiveness to meeting critical needs in the community. Watch Irene’s pitch here.

The Ulmer Institute

Presenter: RoShaun Ulmer-Windham

Addressing urban psychological trauma through research, treatment, and training. Conducting mental preparedness trainings taught by TUI psychologist with a focus on psycho-education i.e. training individuals how to address trauma in a way that does not result in PTSD or trauma spectrum disorders. Watch RoShaun’s pitch here.


Presenter: Gabe Middleton

human-I-T connects low-income individuals and nonprofits to technology, internet, and digital training. By reusing instead of recycling electronics, our team transforms e-waste into opportunities to promote digital inclusion and digital access. Watch Gabe’s pitch here.

Our Children LA

Presenter: Denise McCain-Tharnstrom

Our Children LA (OCLA) is a Los Angeles nonprofit organization formed to use mobile-centric communications and web-based resources to raise regional awareness and offer support for improving the life conditions for local children and youth under 25 with a unique emphasis on those who are underserved and at-risk. Watch Denises’ pitch here.

PlusME Project

Presenter: Richard Reyes

We are a Los Angeles based nonprofit that believes everyone has a story that matters. They provide personal narrative workshops & training for students, educators, and parents.

Restorative Justice Fund

Presenter: Peter Borenstein

RJFund advocates for, designs, and deploys innovative interventions at every step of the criminal justice system. They provide full-service legal representation to lifers coming home after decades of incarceration. They design and deploy pre-arrest and pre-charge diversions for prosecutors and law enforcement that save time, money, and lives.They develop tools to aid decision makers in planning more effective interventions for the most vulnerable justice-involved people. They offer customized workshops and trainings for stakeholders to learn how Restorative Justice can be applied to design a better justice system.

Center for Powerful Public Schools

Presenter: Jeanne Fauci

As a catalyst for educational equity, access and choice, Center for Powerful Public Schools is addressing the issue that public school students – particularly those from historically underrepresented populations and/or living in poverty – are not adequately prepared for success in postsecondary education and 21st Century jobs.