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About Us

Our mission is to improve the lives of impoverished children in our community through philanthropy, dedicated service, and compassionate programs.

For almost 100 years, the Assistance League® of Los Angeles has provided women in the Greater Los Angeles area with opportunities to forge new connections and take leadership in their communities while making meaningful contributions to the lives of thousands.

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Nearly a Century of Service __________

Our Story

They were “society” women of the early 20th century. Dedicated, compassionate and amazing. They saw a need. They worked hard. And they also threw some great parties — to raise money. Now their daughters, their granddaughters, and even their great-granddaughters have become part of that tradition.

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Our Leadership

— Officers —
Lisa Wierwille
President
Kathryn Balzer
Vice President
Sue Leisner
Treasurer
Shelagh Callahan
Secretary
— Board Members —
Stephanie Ames
Debby Berg
Diane Deshong
Christina Doren
Audrey Fimpler
Diane Hilty
Sue Leisner
Dee Nasatir
Shar Penfold
Lisa M Sherman
— Executives —
Melanie Merians
Chief Executive Officer
Rafe Pery
Chief Financial Officer
Yvonne Bradshaw
Human Resources Director
Kiren Bansal
Senior Director of Philanthropy
Ikiah McGowan
Director of Membership & Community Outreach
Denise Simon
Office & Facilities Manager
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