Larry Kaplan’s specialty is advocacy and public affairs — helping organizations advocate and advance their missions and causes, serving their clients, and enhancing their fundraising. He helps advocacy organizations and collaboratives fundraise, and offers them strategic planning and board development services. Larry has turned around troubled nonprofit organizations and started up new ones. With a thorough knowledge and wealth of relationships extending across Southern California’s communities and leaders, and a solid understanding of their issues, Larry has built and maintained elected officials’ offices and managed political campaigns. He has created playgrounds in some of the region’s poorest neighborhoods, and is passionate about urban communities and social justice. Larry was the Los Angeles Area Director for the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization focused on urban parks, and executive director of Workplace Hollywood, a group dedicated to increasing the workforce diversity of Los Angeles’ signature industry. He has worked for a number of state and local elected officials, including work as the Regional Director for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer during her first term, and Chief of Staff for L.A. Councilman Mike Woo. Larry is a graduate of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. He regularly contributes to the Nonprofit Quarterly’s daily newswire, and volunteers with Executive Service Corps and Taproot Foundation, by providing guidance, coaching, and counsel to various nonprofit organizations. In 2011, Larry was appointed by the California Assembly Speaker to the State Board of Accountancy, and in 2014, he was appointed to the Los Angeles County Local Governmental Services Commission.