Los Angeles, CA

Chief Executive Officer

m/Oppenheim Executive Search is assisting River LA in the search for a politically astute, fundraising executive and movement-builder to transform ideas and design into improvements for all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River. Please click to view the full position description or to nominate/apply. We can also be reached directly at the numbers below.

River LA’s mission is to transform all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River to improve the quality of life in Los Angeles County, while still preserving this highly engineered river’s public safety and flood control purpose. River LA seeks public support and financing at the county, state and federal levels for enhancing the river in ways that are sound from environmental conservation, urban planning, and community development perspectives. Strong experience in movement building, community and political organizing, and public financing of transformative projects at the local, state, and/or federal levels is a requirement.

The organization was founded in 2009 with the support of the city of Los Angeles to coordinate river policy as part of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. In 2014 River LA recruited architect Frank Gehry and his firm to develop design concepts for revitalizing the river and its communities. Their initial work resulted in a comprehensive study that analyzed multiple public benefits, options, tradeoffs, and compromises. Specific design projects have begun and are currently at early stages of development. In 2018 River LA was chosen by the County of Los Angeles as lead contractor to create a new master plan for the river, which has an expected completion date in 2020. The organization is leading the public engagement parts of the Plan.

We appreciate you sharing the position description with your network, and also any nominations you might have.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Mark Oppenheim or Neil Fink at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.