AIA|LA City Leaders Breakfast Reception w/ BOBBY SHRIVER
Candidate, Los Angeles County Supervisor - District #3
Robert (Bobby) Sargent Shriver III was born in Chicago in 1954. He is the oldest child of R. Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. After graduating cum laude from Yale, Shriver began a career as a journalist. He left the newspaper business to attend Yale Law School. Upon graduation in 1981, he returned to Southern California to clerk for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. After his clerkship, Shriver moved to New York and worked in finance.
In 1987, Shriver co-produced the first of nine A Very Special Christmas records. These projects have raised more than $100 million to support Special Olympics organizations around the world.
In 1999, Shriver joined with Bono to convince the U.S. President and Congress to cancel debt of the poorest nations. In 2002, President George W. Bush proposed $15 billion in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The debt-relief successes in Washington enabled Bono and Shriver to found DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) and eventually the ONE Campaign to build grassroots support for calling for the U.S. and all G8 governments to help Africans fight AIDS and extreme poverty.
In 2006, Bono and Shriver founded PRODUCT (RED) to fight the Africa AIDS epidemic. Each time someone buys a (RED) product, up to 50% of the gross profit goes to The Global Fund, whichlike PEPFARprovides AIDS medicine fundingso far, $240 millionto African countries based on proven results.
In 2001 Governor Davis appointed Shriver to the California State Park and Recreation Commission. As Chairman, he fought against a six-lane toll road that would have decimated San Onofre State Beach and Trestles surf break. He won and protected one of our most pristine coastlines. He helped create two state parks near downtown Los Angeles.
In 2004 Shriver was elected to the Santa Monica City Council by the highest percentage of voters in that city's 120-year history. While a councilmember, he worked to balance every budget and helped retain the city's AAA bond rating. Shriver also served as Mayor in 2010 and continued his leadership to create housing and services for homeless people, particularly veterans. Shriver spearheaded the effort to clean up Santa Monica Bay so that kids no longer get sick when they swim there. He also worked to support restaurants and other small businesses to create jobs and championed the living wage for hotel workers. He led the renovation and preservation of the Annenberg Community Beach House and helped to secure the $27.5 million given by the Annenberg Foundation.
He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife Malissa Feruzzi and daughters Natasha and Rosemary.
The 2014 AIA|LA CITY LEADERS BREAKFAST SERIES will serve as an opportunity for architects & designers and other community stakeholders to meet directly with key individuals transforming the Los Angeles region in a roundtable setting to discuss innovative ideas that will ensure a healthy, sustainable and economically competitive future. Usually we limit attendance to about thirty or forty people to keep the conversation as focused as possible - but we can also expand the roundtable to 75+ if the specific dialogue warrants a larger audience for pro-active feedback.
The monthly breakfast receptions serve as a leadership forum to discuss issues relevant to improving the built and natural environment of the city in areas relating to economic development, energy and water conservation, open space, architecture, urban design and land-use policy.
2014 SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Laura Zucker - Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission = Friday, February 7 (8am)
Rick Cole - Deputy Mayor of Budget & Innovation, City of Los Angeles = Friday, February 21 (8am)
Bobby Shriver - Candidate, Supervisor, County of Los Angeles - District #3 = Thursday, March 20 (8am)
Hasan Ikhrata- Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) = Monday, March 24 (8am)
Jose Huizar - Councilmber, City of Los Angeles - District #14 = Thursday, March 27 (8am)
Ron Galperin - Controller, City of Los Angeles = Thursday, April 10 (8am)
Renee Dake Wilson, AIA - President, City Planning Commission, City of Los Angeles = Friday, April 18 (8am)
Felipe Fuentes - Councilmber, City of Los Angeles - District #7 = Friday, April 25 (8am)
James Cuno - President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust = Friday, May 2 (8am)
Leonard J. Aube - Executive Director, Annenberg Foundation = Wednesday, June 25 (8am)
Sheila Kuehl - Candidate, Supervisor, County of Los Angeles - District #3 = Friday, July 18 (8am)
Mary D. Nichols - Chairman, California Air Resources Board; Professor-in-Residence, UCLA School of Law = Friday, August 15 (8am)
Tara Roth - President, The Goldhirsh Foundation = Thursday, October 9 (8am)
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