L.A. River: Changing the Course of L.A.
A Water Resources Student Group Seminar presented by Omar Brownson, Executive Director, L.A. River Revitalization Corporation
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300, Large conference room
About the Speaker
Mr. Brownson joined the LA River Revitalization Corporation in January 2010 as its first executive director. His focus in on creating and sustaining responsible investments along the river corridor. He has dedicated his career to improving urban communities, spanning institutional equity real estate investment, community development, and public policy.
Most recently, Mr. Brownson led the Los Angeles expansion of Seslia & Company, a financial advisory firm focused on structuring and sourcing project financing for public institutions. Prior to that, he served as vice president of acquisitions and development at CityView, an institutional investment firm, and spearheaded numerous other mission-driven and community development initiatives.
He is also chairman of the Liberty Hill Foundation’s board of directors and a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, where he is committed to the betterment of Los Angeles for all. Mr. Brownson holds a graduate degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University, where he also won the Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition. At the University of California, Davis, he earned a dual degree in international relations, and nature and culture. Mr. Brownson was a Coro Fellow and served in Public Allies, an Americorps program.
About the Water Resources Student Group
The Water Resources Student Group is a multi-disciplinary cohort of graduate students from across the University who are conducting water resources research. The Water Resources Student Group, supported by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, holds seminars on different topics in water resources. The seminars are anchored with a formal talk from an expert in the field and allow ample time for discussion and networking. This series of water resources seminars enhances connections between currently disparate nodes of water research while providing students with exposure to key stakeholders in the wider water industry. External presenters are exposed to the breadth and depth of UCLA water resources research, providing opportunities for future collaborations.