Los Angeles, CA

Our convener

SBCC, Thrive LA is a nonprofit organization that has empowered communities across Los Angeles for over 40 years to discover and develop tools for individual and collective well-being.

Colleen Mooney

Executive Director

Liza Rivera

Director of Community Organizing

Jonathan Mooney

Strategic Project Consultant

Gabby Bradley

Wilmington Empowerment Director

Chandelle Wiebe

Director of Development


540 N. Marine Ave.

Wilmington, CA 90744


Wilmington is an urban neighborhood in the Los Angeles Harbor Region of southern California. The Wilmington oil field was discovered there in 1932, and today the area is home to three oil refineries. According to a 2016 report from the American Lung Association, the presence of the oil industry combined with highway traffic leading to and from the Port of LA give this area the worst ozone and particle pollution in the country.


In early 2012, Wilmington saw a series of homicides that took the lives of ten people under the age of 30. Since that tragic time, residents and organizers have made a conscious choice to embrace civic pride in a public way. The I Heart Wilmington initiative has engaged thousands of residents, elected leaders, business owners and organizational partners in advocacy around issues such as public safety, voter registration, equitable neighborhood school discipline policies, the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and reducing illegal dumping and blight. While the city continues to receive mostly negative attention from the media, it has become a model of resilience and civic engagement.


Today, Wilmington is a proud immigrant community. Nearly half of residents are foreign-born, with high concentrations from Mexico and Guatemala. Cohesion and connectedness shine through in local volunteerism, including community gardens, art walks, neighborhood events and the senior center. Even though Wilmington is a low-income area, with many residents’ immigration status preventing them from legitimate employment, the community has positive relationships with law enforcement, politicians, labor unions and local industry.


57,963 people

Geographic Size

9.1 square miles


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Our Design Team

The structure of each Raising Places Community includes both a convening organization and a group of local leaders, called the design team.

Jabin Ahmed

Hudson Muslim Youth

Tom DePietro

City of Hudson Planning Board / HCDPA

Cedric Fulton

Community Organizer

Kamal Johnson

Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood

Willette Jones

Hudson Community Schools / Board of Education

Victor Mendolia

Beach & Bartolo Realtors / Alliance for Positive Health

Maija Reed

Early Childhood Educator and Care Provider

Brandon Santos

Community Advocate

Jennifer Stockmeier

Wolfgang Stockmeier Design Inc.

Zebi Williams

Kite's Nest

Nick Zachos

City of Hudson Department of Youth

James and Sarah Budd

Alpacas of Montana

Quincy Dabney

Mayor, Town of Lodge Grass

Shane Doyle

Tribal Education Directors National Assembly

Casaja Fritzler

Bighorn Valley Health Center / Crow Awakening

Elvin Fritzler

Crow Tribe / Spear Sighting Ranch / Crow Cowgirls Traveling Basketball Coach

David Graber

Greenwood Farm / Bighorn Valley Health Center / Wyola School

Roger Kitts

Red Fox Construction

Tiffany Nomee-Dabney 

Arise LG / Lodge Grass Public Schools

Emerald Parisi

Central Montana Abolitionists / Katie’s House

Shelly Sutherland

Bighorn Valley Health Center

Jean Wallace

H.E.A.R.T. Healing, Empowerment and Resilience Training

Linda Cheek

Wilkes Chamber of Commerce

Susan Cogdill

Wilkes Community Partnership for Children

Debbie Ferguson

Town of North Wilkesboro

Greta Ferguson

North Wilkesboro Housing Authority

Junior Goforth

Town of North Wilkesboro

Kathy Kelley

BROC Head Start

Jeremy Parks

Communities in School

Julia Turpin

Wilkes County Public Library

Jenn Wages

The Health Foundation, Inc.

Sam Hinnant

Town of North Wilkesboro

Vickie Goulette

Hennepin County Child Wellbeing Transformation Team

Sarah Hernandez

McKnight Foundation

Lynnea Atlas Ingebretson

Imagine | Deliver

Jimmy Loyd

Thor Construction

Tie Oei

Asian Media Access

Kenzie O’Keefe

North News

George Roberts

Homewood Studios

Artika Roller

Hennepin County Child Wellbeing Transformation Team

Martine Smaller

Northside Resident

Redevelopment Council

Marquita Stephens

Minneapolis Urban League

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie

University of Minnesota, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

April Ang

SoMa Pilipinas

Ada Chan

Association of Bay Area Governments*

Chris Durazo

Community Member

Carla Laurel

West Bay Pilipino Center

Teresita Naval

Galing Bata sa FEC staff

Sandy Panopio

City & County SF*

Raquel Redondiez

Filipino-American Development Foundation (FADF)

Jerome Reyes

Stanford University*

Dyan Ruiz

People Power Media

Joseph Smooke

SOMCAN, HRC, SF, People Power Media

Bernadette Sy

Filipino-American Development Foundation (FADF)

David Campbell

United Steelworkers LOCAL 675

Olga Chavez


Alejandro Dobie-Gonzalez


Ely Fournier

Light & Life Church

Rafael Garcia

Providence Health and Services Southern California

Cesar Guerrero

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Katie Rispoli Keaotamai

We Are the Next

Marcia Tolentino

Green Education Inc.

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