Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association logo in green

Founded in 1963, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) is a private, non-profit organization whose primary role is to seek and provide financial support for animal welfare, animal species conservation, capital projects, Learning & Engagement, community outreach programs, and marketing at the Los Angeles Zoo, and GLAZA’s operations. GLAZA’s additional functions include membership sales and relationship management, special events, site rentals, customer service, publications, and volunteer training and management. There are currently over 38,000 GLAZA member households and a volunteer corps of over 700.

Mission

To serve the community, we will create an environment for recreation and discovery; inspire an appreciation of wildlife through exhibitry and education; ensure the highest level of animal welfare; and support programs that preserve biodiversity and conserve natural habitat.

Vision

We will leverage the diverse resources of Los Angeles to be an innovator for the global zoo community, creating dynamic experiences to connect people and animals.

Our Role

As the Zoo’s nonprofit advocate and partner, GLAZA commits to provide financial and mission support to the Zoo and its programs; raise public awareness about the Zoo; enhance the visitor experience; and steward the investments of visitors, members, and donors.

GLAZA President

Tom Jacobson

GLAZA Administration

Robert Woolley, Interim Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Dawn Petersen-Amend, General Counsel
Kait Hilliard, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Sara Rodriguez, Vice President, Operations and Events
Gretchen Humbert, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Correa, Director of Membership
Kirin Daugharty, Director of Volunteer Programs

Board of Trustees

Officers

Brian Diamond, Chair
Erika Stern, Vice Chair
Gregory D. Fuss, Treasurer
Phyllis Kupferstein, Secretary

Other Trustees

Courtney Appell
Alma Banuelos
Michael Bustamante
Esther S.M. Chao
Vivian Chow
Jillian Romero Chaves
Malissia Clinton
Richard Corgel
Wendy Denham, M.D.
Rob Ellis
Sam Enoch
Alfred Fraijo, Jr.
Cassidy Horn
Tyler K. Kelley
Diann H. Kim
Anthony L. Kitchener
Richard Lichtenstein
Alan G. Lowy
Betty White Ludden
Patricia Liu McKenna
Steve O’Connell
Elisabeth Hunt Price
Naomi Rodriguez
Marc L. Sallus
Patricia Silver
Slash
Terri Soderstrom
Jay Sonbolian
Madeline Taft
Franco Terango
Ellia M. Thompson, Esq
Michael Wandell
Laura Wasserman
Jennifer Thornton Wieland
Matthew Wilson

Trustees Emeriti

Lloyd A. Levitin, Mrs. John F. Maher, Thomas R. Tellefsen, Polly Turpin

Ambassadors

Dr. Evan Antin
Lance Bass
LouAnne Brickhouse, Conservation Ambassador
Jackie Chan
Julie Chang
Leila George
Carolyn Hennesy
Charley Koontz
Lisa Ling
Joel McHale
Ruben Rojas

GLAZA Financial Statements