Sumi Parekh, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles

TITLE:  Program Manager

FOCUS AREAS: Water conservation, disaster relief, immigration, veteran homelessness, domestic violence prevention

CONTACT:  213-545-2058, sumi.parekh@mayorsfundla.org

PROFILE: Sumi Parekh is a program manager at the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. She has been in this position since September 2014 and previously worked as the director of legislative affairs and programs at the Los Angeles Business Council.

In her current role, Parekh’s responsibilities include:

*Part of a small team established to help build the infrastructure and develop the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, a new nonprofit launched in June 2014.
*Works directly with the Los Angeles's Mayor's Office to build public-private partnerships that enhance the Mayor's priority initiatives including water conservation, disaster relief, immigration, veteran homelessness, and domestic violence prevention.
*Manages the City of Los Angeles's Save the Drop campaign, the City's marketing campaign for water conservation
*Established and manages donor database and online giving campaigns
*Coordinates and managers all development events and pressers with Mayor's Office
*Coordinates website design and graphics design for the Mayor's Fund
*Drives collaborative programming around key social issues and support fundraising and development in support of the Fund. 
*Drives evaluative systems that build metrics which track progress of programs funded. 
*Builds strategies and drives progress around donor development including building and managing a donor development system.

Parekh’s Mayor’s Fund bio shares:

Sumi Parekh is a Manager of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Prior to the Mayor’s Fund, she was the Director of Legislative Affairs and Programs at the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC). At the LABC, she focused on outreach for LADWP’s Feed-in-Tariff program and policies relating to housing, transportation, and workforce development, managed certain aspects of LABC’s research arm, the LABC Institute, managed the Legislative Affairs, Energy & Environment, and Housing & Transportation Committees, and managed the influential Mayoral Housing, Jobs, and Transportation and Sustainability Summits.

Sumi graduated in 2013 from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Public Policy. Her Masters thesis focused on the economic impact of the Panama Canal expansion on Southern California. She also worked at Network Public Affairs in Long Beach, helping complete the environmental impact reports for the 710-lane extension and the 10 express lanes.

Before moving to California to pursue her master’s, Sumi worked as an actuarial and management consultant in Dallas with Mercer and Towers Watson. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with a B.S. in Mathematics and has an ASA with the Society of Actuaries.