Deidre S. Lind, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles

TITLE:  President

FOCUS AREAS: Job access and creation, neighborhood resiliency, disaster preparedness, public spaces, traffic, city government efficiency

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PROFILE: Deidre S. Lind is the President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, a role she assumed in March 2014. She previously worked as an independent philanthropy consultant and as executive director of the Mattel Children’s Foundation.  

Lind’s Mayor’s Fund bio shares:

Ms. Lind is currently the President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. In this role, she is charged with building the first broad-reaching public charity to support public/private partnerships aligned with the vision of the Mayor of Los Angeles. Since its inception, the Fund has raised more than $20 million, including unrestricted funds to cover its overhead operations for five years. To date, the Fund supports more then ten civic programs that match public and private resources to maximize impact on the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles.

Previously, Ms. Lind was Director, Corporate Affairs for Mattel, Inc. and Executive Director of the Mattel Children’s Foundation. During her 9-year tenure at Mattel, she was responsible for the development and execution of an international social impact strategy, developed the company’s annual commitment of two-percent pre-tax profit dedicated to social impact, and oversaw all grantmaking, toy donations, volunteer efforts and corporate contributions. She also lead Mattel’s global sustainability program during part of that time, overseeing the company’s first environmental impact assessment and the development of the company’s first measurable sustainability targets.

Ms. Lind’s prior experience also includes serving with Kaiser Permanente’s California Division as the Associate Director for Government and Community Relations and working on social policy for Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

Ms. Lind is an active leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers and the nonprofit incubator Community Partners. Ms. Lind has also been active with the Council on Foundations’ Committee on Corporate Grantmaking, the Conference Board’s Contributions Council II, the US Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center, Committee Encouraging Corporate Citizenship, the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, and Business for Social Responsibility.

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Lind received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and both a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California. She has also completed the San Francisco Academy, a nationally-recognized corporate public relations development program.

Ms. Lind is married with a twelve-year old daughter and nine-year old son, and is actively involved in the Los Angeles public schools which they attend.

Her LinkedIn summary shares the following information:

Deidre is currently the founding President of the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, the first nonprofit of its kind in the region providing cross-sector coordination and leadership on some of the region's most challenging issues. Named a 'Wonder Woman of Social Responsibility' in 2012, Deidre is a known corporate social responsibility (CSR) leader with expertise in strategic philanthropy, sustainability, public affairs, stakeholder relations, community relations, and global grantmaking. She has experience building and managing private foundations with global reach as well as developing programs with local, measurable impact. With a network of philanthropic and CSR leaders globally, Deidre has the breadth and depth to deliver high-power results that deliver on business goals, measurable social impact, build reputation and brand awareness and increase public profile. 

• Corporate Social Responsibility • Fundraising • Strategic Communications • Change Management • Social Impact • Public Relations • Public Affairs • Strategic Philanthropy • Grants Management • Cause Marketing • Corporate Communications • Proposal Writing/Grant Writing • Stakeholder Relations • Issues Management • Strategic Partnerships • Employee Engagement • Board Development • Nonprofit Development