SENIOR LEADERSHIP

WENDY BUTTS |

Chief Executive Officer

Wendy Butts

Chief Executive Officer

A 16-year veteran of the LA Conservation Corps, Wendy A. Butts has been leading the organization as CEO since July 2014.

Wendy’s interest in the environment and its impact on communities started in 1994 when she worked as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. She planned community recycling projects, created an environmental club and educated middle school students in conservation-related studies in a rural coastal town. She began her career at the LA Conservation Corps in 1998 working directly with Corpsmembers, and training them in natural and urban environmental studies. She has served as Development Director and Program Development Director, procuring private and government funding for the Corps which led to a 15% growth in the annual budget in four years. Most recently, Wendy served as the Corps’ Contract Compliance Officer developing new systems for monitoring program quality and compliance with contracts. She developed best practices and trained corps across the nation in those same practices.

In 2010, Wendy took a position as Corporate Compliance Officer at QueensCare/QueensCare Family Clinics, which together provide accessible healthcare to thousands of un- and under-insured individuals and families in Los Angeles County each year. At QueensCare, she developed a new compliance program, conducted internal audits and developed written standards and procedures.

In July 2013, Wendy returned to lead the LA Conservation Corps as Managing Director, responsible for the organization’s administration, operations, and achievement of financial objectives with direct reporting responsibility to the Board of Directors. Under Wendy’s leadership, the LA Conservation Corps has streamlined financial management and other administrative processes. Also, she developed a Career Pathways program that was implemented earlier this year. The Career Pathways program provides Corpsmembers with industry-recognized credentials in environmental and construction fields that will lead to post-secondary education or living wage jobs.

“The LA Conservation Corps has a rich history of improving the urban environment and the lives of Corpsmembers,” said Wendy. “I am honored to serve as CEO and look forward to working with the Board, staff and our partners as we make LA a better place to live for everyone.”

Wendy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northern Arizona University and an MBA in International Finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She completed a Certificate of Advanced Professional Development in Fundraising and Institutional Advancement at California State University, Northridge. Wendy is an avid runner, camper and hiker.

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LLOYD WRIGHT |

Chief Financial Officer

Lloyd Wright

Chief Financial Officer

Lloyd is responsible for all financial matters for the LA Conservation Corps. His primary areas of responsibility include finance, accounting and payroll administration, budgetary planning, strategy, and information technology.

Lloyd has more than 20 years of financial management, consulting, and strategic planning experience in various organizations, including Bank of America, Anthem, and Deloitte Corporate Finance, LLC. He has extensive experience developing and implementing procedures to improve financial control, cash flow management, and business forecasting processes. Lloyd also volunteered as a Pro-Bono Finance Consultant with the Taproot Foundation, assisting non-profit organizations on finance and strategy solutions.

Lloyd earned his M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California focusing on Finance and Strategy. He has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.

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BO SAVAGE |

Deputy Director, Operations

Bo Savage

Deputy Director, Operations

Bo is responsible for overseeing a staff of 80 at five sites throughout greater Los Angeles who implement the LA Corps’ conservation programs. His primary responsibility within the organization is to develop and oversee the nearly four dozen contracts that the Corps undertakes on an annual basis in order to employ over 1500 participants to plant trees, build parks, recycle renewable resources, and many other projects. These urban forestry, habitat restoration, and other conservation-related contracts total in excess of $15 million annually.

Bo has worked at the LA Conservation Corps since 1992, where he has managed a wide variety of projects throughout the years. In addition to his responsibilities and experiences at the LA Corps, Bo also serves as the Vice President for Legislation for the California YouthBuild Collaborative (a statewide youth employment and education consortium), and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Education Corps (a charter high school that educates the participants of the LA Conservation Corps). Bo holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from California State University, Long Beach.

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ERICA BLODGETT |

Development Director

Erica Blodgett

Development Director

Erica Blodgett brings over ten years of experience in fundraising, communications, and nonprofit management to the position of Development Director for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Her professional experience has reflected her passions and focused primarily on education, women’s and children’s services, the arts, and the environment. Prior to joining the Corps, Erica was the Director of Development at Kidspace Children’s Museum for several years during which time she revitalized the museum’s institutional giving program. Before that, she served as the Development and Communications Director for the Violence Intervention Program, a public-private partnership between LAC+USC Medical Center and the VIP Community Mental Health Center.

Erica earned her BA in American Literature from the University of Southern California. She then served in the Peace Corps building up a rural elementary school library in the island nation of Micronesia. After that life altering experience, she earned her master’s degree in Development Management from the School of International Service at American University.

Erica is also an accomplished writer who spent several years as a reporter with local and regional print and online news outlets. Some of her more creative work has appeared in anthologies published by the Los Angeles-based mentoring nonprofit, WriteGirl, with whom she was also a mentor for a time. She served on the Board of the Sierra Madre Community Foundation and as a Commissioner with the Sierra Madre Arts Commission. She is currently co-chairing the Sierra Madre Playhouse Advisory Council and volunteering with the California Association of Museum’s Program Committee.

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CHRISTY HODSON |

Human Resources Director

Christy Hodson

Human Resources Director

Christy is responsible for all human resources functions for the LA Corps. Her primary areas of responsibility includes recruitment and staffing, benefits administration, classification and compensation, learning and development, employee relations and performance management, professional development, as well as workers’ compensation.

Christy is a Human Resources Generalist professional with over 15 years’ experience. Her career spans multiple industries including professional services, executive search and non-profit. Christy has served on the boards of the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA, District 1) and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (LA-NAAAHR), as a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, and as a mentor for the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Human Resources Association (LA-NHRA). Christy previously worked as a Human Resources Consultant at community television station KCET, and with the law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Paul Hastings LLP, respectively. Christy earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and her MBA with a concentration in human resources. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a member of local and national Human Resources associations.

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ELISA NETHERCOTT |

Compliance Officer

Elisa Nethercott

Compliance Officer

Elisa is responsible for overseeing all compliance functions for the LA Conservation Corps. Prior to joining the Corps, Elisa was an attorney in private practice for ten years. She was a litigator at a large law firm in Boston, MA and then focused on advising clients in various compliance matters in Washington, D.C. While in the private sector, Elisa was drawn to service and outreach, and developed a robust pro bono practice representing victims of domestic violence, children with special education needs and low income tenants. Elisa holds a B.A. in Philosophy from William Smith College and a J.D. from The College of William and Mary. Elisa is a classically trained pianist and a hiking and yoga enthusiast.

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