J. SHAWN LANDRES, Ph.D.
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Shawn Landres, PhD, has earned international recognition for his leadership in social innovation.
A widely published essayist and editor whose work has been featured by the White House and covered by TIME, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times,
he is co-founder and Board co-chair of Jumpstart Labs, a philanthropic research and design consultancy
A Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Landres is a City of Santa Monica Planning Commissioner and an appointee to
the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Financial Oversight Committee. He is a former chair of the City of Santa Monica Social Services Commission.
Landres brings to the Commission more than two decades of experience in academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic leadership, social entrepreneurship,
network building, and organizational development, including the Clinton Administration's Reinventing Government initiative and projects funded
by the U.S. State Department and the British government
In 2015, Landres led the Commission’s Strategic Plan Update and shepherded its “Digital by Default” report; he also chaired
the Santa Monica Public Library's Innovation Technology Task Force. In 2016, he co-authored the UCLA/California Community Foundation report, “The Generosity Gap:
Donating Less in Post-Recession Los Angeles County.” In 2017, he co-authored co-authored the Future of Cities LA/USC Huntington Institute report, “Space to Lead:
A Century of Civic Leadership in Los Angeles."
A Los Angeles native who grew up in Santa Monica, where he now lives with his wife and two young daughters, Landres holds degrees from Columbia
University (BA cum laude, religion), the University of Oxford (MSt with distinction, social anthropology), and the University of California, Santa Barbara,
where he earned a PhD in religious studies. He has co-edited four books and published award-winning articles and essays that advance intergroup understanding.
In 2013, the Liberty Hill Foundation honored him with its NextGen Leadership Award. He was a 2015-16 California Connections Fellow of
the Southern California Leadership Network, which in 2017 selected him as a 30th anniversary “30-in-30” alumni honoree.
Landres has served a non-executive manager for and/or advised numerous early-stage ventures and social enterprises.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Relations Council - Santa Monica Bay Area. Other advisory commitments include the Southern
California Grantmakers Public Policy Committee, NEXUS, and the Liberty Hill Foundation. Landres, whom the Forward recognized in 2009 as one of America's
50 most influential Jewish leaders in 2009, also serves on the Jewish Federation's ChangeMaker Challenge Steering Committee.
In her role as the Durfee Foundation’s executive leader, Claire is responsible for conceiving, shaping and implementing
the foundation’s programs, working in close association with a board of directors and staff.
The Durfee Foundation is a family foundation that invests in people and possibilities in Los Angeles. With annual giving of about $3 million,
the foundation is best known for its work in leadership development, community building and civic problem solving in Southern California through four cornerstone programs:
1) the Durfee Sabbatical program, which offers capacity building and renewal to nonprofit organizations and has supported more than 100 leaders in Los Angeles during the
past 20 years; 2) the Stanton Fellowships, which support accomplished leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to ease out solutions to problems that face the
future of Los Angeles; 3) the Springboard Fund, which provides seed funding to new grassroots ventures that are testing innovative strategies toward a community need; and 4)
Ignite LA, a program that seeks to stimulate student curiosity and interest in science through field research.
Claire is recognized for her progressive leadership in both the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She has served as the Chair of Southern
California Grantmakers, Chair of Grantmakers in the Arts, President of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Vice Chair of the California Council for the Humanities,
and is a Senior Fellow of the Luskin School of Public Policy at UCLA. She is an adjunct professor at USC’s Price School of Public Policy, where she was named Outstanding
Faculty in 2016. In 2015, she received the Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Joint Affinity Groups for her mentorship through Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy.
Prior to joining Durfee, Claire was the associate director of the Los Angeles Festival, an international arts festival led by Peter Sellars;
the publisher of High Performance Magazine; and the director of education at The Friends of Photography/The Ansel Adams Center. Her book, Activists Speak Out, was published by
St. Martins Press in 2001. Her writing has appeared in Zocalo, Time, Saturday Evening Post, the Getty Iris and Good Magazine.