The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is governed through a private/public collaboration between the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the County of Los Angeles through its Parks and Recreation Department.
The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation. Founded in 1948, the Foundation was instrumental in creating the Arboretum and fostering its early development. From its beginnings, it has provided new gardens, extensive education programs, and publications serving Southern California. Today, the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation leads a broad community of members, volunteers and donors in establishing the support needed to realize the Arboretum’s potential as a premier public garden and educational resource. In an era of economic challenge and reduced public budgets, this role is of increasing importance.
The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization governed by a board of trustees.
2012-2013 Board of Trustees
Kenneth D. Hill, Ph.D, President
Gilbert N. Resendez, Immediate Past President
Janice A. Sharp, Ph.D, Vice-President
Shelley D. Harter, Secretary
Kristin Creighton, Treasurer
James I. Bang
Joseph S. Eisele
H. Clay "Hap" Kellogg IV
Nancy M. McDonald
Donivee T. Nash
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. The Department provides residents and visitors of Los Angeles County with quality recreational opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle and strengthen the community through diverse physical, educational, and cultural programming, and enhances the community environment by acquiring, developing and maintaining County parks, gardens, golf courses, trails and open spaces. http://parks.lacounty.gov/
Russ Guiney, Director
John Wicker, Chief Deputy
Hayden Sohm, Deputy Director
Kimel Conway, Regional Operations Manager
Los Voluntarios. Founded in 1966, the Los Voluntarios is made up of 300 men and women, active and sustaining members, who contribute over 30,000 hours of service to the Arboretum annually. The Los Voluntarios president participates in meetings of the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation board of trustees.
Dennis Schaar, President