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. Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority
  Arlene Hopkins & Associates National Park Service
  Board of Public Works Northridge Beautification Foundation
  CALeDNA Occidental College, Computational Biology Lab
  California Department of Fish & Wildlife Occidental College, Moore Lab of Zoology
  California Native Plant Society PAJE Consulting
  Center for Biological Diversity Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains
  Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) Santa Monica City College
  San Francisco Environment Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
  City Planning Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee
  Council for Watershed Health Stillwater Sciences
  CSULA The Nature Conservancy
  CSUN, Institute of Sustainability The River Project
  Department of Recreation and Parks Theodore Payne Foundation
  Duvivier Architects Trust for Public Land
  Friends of Griffith Park U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  Heal The Bay U.S. Geological Survey
  Kizh Nation, Gabrieleño Band Of Mission Indians UCLA
  LA County UCLA IoES
  LA County Natural History Museum University of California Cooperative Extension
  LA Mayor’s Office US Forest Service
  LA Sanitation & Environment USC
  LA Zoo Watershed Conservation Authority
  LAUSD WestEd
  Loyola Marymount University  


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.