Green LA Coalition staff and consultants bring vision, expertise and a wealth of environmental and environmental justice experience to the city’s greening movement.
Stephanie Taylor, Executive Director, has worked in community development for over 20 years as an advocate for livable cities and community empowerment. Her environmental advocacy began when she co-founded the Verde Coalition in 1999 which created the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Stephanie worked as a policy advocate, community organizer and planner for several non-profit organizations in Los Angeles including: SCANPH, New Economics for Women, Coalition LA and Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP). While at CCNP she led a Community-Driven Transportation Plan for Westlake, which was awarded a 2008 American Planning Association National Planning Excellence Award.
Before her move to LA in 1997, Stephanie worked for the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. She has a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Boston University.
Holly Harper, Architect
Holly Harper is Green LA’s Boyle Heights Living Streets Initiative Coordinator. Holly was trained as an architect locally, but really focused on the landscape of public space from early on. While still at SCI-Arc, she became intrigued by what makes this place a place– its native plants, the amounts and cycles of rainfall and patterns of air movement–and also with how the watercourses align with the railroads and other movement paths, or the best of them anyway…since they all follow the paths of least resistance. Re-inserting ecological function into the city, through infiltrating more run-off into the ground once again, rehabilitating plant communities and somehow tying these elements into the movement and perceptions of people became her obsession.
In her work with North East Trees, she had the opportunity to realize some of these ideas into projects such as the Oros Green Street, built with the City of LA’s Bureau of Street Services. With the Boyle Heights Living Streets Initiative, she looks forward to expanding on these types of water-quality enhancing projects to incorporate more benefits for more people. Los Angeles should be a paradise for those of us walking and bicycling, but we are not there yet!