Biodiversity Partnerships

LASAN’s Biodiversity Program coordinates with a variety of experts and with a broad network of stakeholders to monitor and steward local biodiversity.


LASAN’s Biodiversity Team is led by Michelle Barton under the guidance of Mas Dojiri, Assistant General Manager. LASAN’s Biodiversity Team believes that expert input and stakeholder engagement are critical in the effort to protect the City’s biodiversity. In 2017, LASAN convened three groups:

  1. An Interdepartmental Team
  2. A Biodiversity Expert Council
  3. And a Stakeholder group
These three teams have been critical to success and building consensus.


The Interdepartmental Team is composed of representatives from various City Departments, like Recreation & Parks and the LA Zoo, that perform work related to biodiversity.


Tour of UCLA's Stunt Ranch facility in the Santa Monica Mountains (Photo: Nurit Katz)
Photo credit: Nurit Katz

The Biodiversity Expert Council contributes heavily to the City’s efforts to protect and enhance biodiversity. The Expert Council contributes expertise, provides guidance, and shares data with the City. Active Expert Council members are from the organizations listed below:

  Aquatic Bioassay and Consulting Laboratories, Inc. Loyola Marymount University
  Arlene Hopkins & Associates National Park Service
  Board of Public Works Northridge Beautification Foundation
  California Department of Fish & Wildlife Santa Monica College
  California EcoDesign Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
  California Native Plant Society Stillwater Sciences
  California State University Los Angeles StreetsLA
  Center for Biological Diversity Studio MLA
  Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) The Nature Conservancy
  City Planning Theodore Payne Foundation
  Community Forestry Advisory Committee Trust for Public Land
  Council for Watershed Health UCLA
  Department of Recreation and Parks UCLA, IoES, LENS
  Heal The Bay University of California Cooperative Extension
  LA County US Fish & Wildlife Service
  LA County Natural History Museum US Forest Service
  LA Mayor’s Office US Geological Survey
  LA Sanitation & Environment USC
  Los Angeles Unified School District Watershed Conservation Authority
  LA Zoo WestEd


Los Angeles City Hall (Photo: Michelle Barton)

Biodiversity Stakeholders are local biodiversity stewards that engage with the City’s Biodiversity Program. Stakeholders are notified of publications, job openings, events, and more. If you are interested in becoming a Biodiversity Stakeholder, please sign up to join our mailing list.

As a stakeholder, you will be alerted to the latest publications, events, and job opportunities.