Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Ahn
SCLN connected with Leadership L.A. 2015 alum, Michelle Ahn to discuss her recent Leadership L.A. experience and describe how SCLN helped increase her philanthropy and community involvement.
I had the privilege of being a part of the 2015 Leadership L.A. (LLA) class. It was inspiring and rewarding to take a break once a month from my regular work and think about issues impacting L.A. We had an amazing roster of speakers during the eight seminar classes – people like Christopher Thornberg (Beacon Economics), Michelle King (Superintendent of LAUSD) and Scott Budnick (President of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition). Now, when I see them in the news, I have a deeper understanding of the issues because I have had the opportunity to meet them and hear their views.
The LLA fellowship also introduced me to a group of motivated, smart and committed people, like Piper Kamins, Program Officer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. As we rode a bus to one of the sites, Piper and I talked about our interest in volunteering and both mentioned Imagine L.A., a nonprofit that teams individuals with families emerging from homelessness. Through that conversation, I was able to join the mentor team Piper was creating. Along with other volunteers, we met with a mother and her four daughters weekly for one year to guide them in life skills, budgeting and schoolwork.
A huge thanks to the SCLN staff for making my LLA experience so rewarding!