Local Hero of 2007: Linda Atwater

Linda Atwater (left): An RPCV who has spent most of each year in Ghana since her Peace Corps service there ended, completing projects in water sourcing, community-based funding, small business, bicycle repair, and school programs. In the United States, Linda markets for Tro-Tro Trading, which provides Ghanaian artisans with access to international markets and invests […]

Local Heroes of 2006: Judy Greenspon & Kristen Kosinski

Judy Greenspon: As an RPCV and owner of NPI Services, Judy is deeply involved in local and international philanthropic organizations, including managing a Yamanaka project involving over a ton of donated books for a community library overseas. Kristen Kosinski (right): Founder of The Samburu Project, a non-profit organization that collaborates with communities in developing countries […]

Local Hero of 2005: John Outterbridge

John Outterbridge: Director of the Watts Towers Arts Center from 1975 to 1990, John started the annual Day of the Drum Festival and the annual Simon Rodia Jazz Festival. He continues to be deeply involved in the Los Angeles arts community, supporting emerging and established community-based artists, while exhibiting his sculptures in local galleries and […]

Local Heroes of 2004: Lee Brainerd & Sonali Kolhatkar

Lee Brainerd: RPCV (Senegal, ’72-’74), Lee was a Peace Corps recruiter for 6 years, also teaching ESL to “boat people” in Boston & New York, and later U.S. Civics to amnesty seekers in L.A. She has written or co-written over 40 textbooks and test-prep books. Lee was active in the California home schooling movement, authoring […]

Local Heroes of 2003: Sharon Stricker & Amanda Wash

Sharon Stricker: Executive Director of LACER, a non-profit organization which runs arts and literacy based after school programs in LAUSD middle schools. Amanda Wash: Founder of AFACT (A Foundation of African Children Today) a community based organization that provides support for famine and AIDS stricken children in Africa.

Local Heroes of 2002: Debrah Constance & Stephan Cajina

Debrah Constance: Debrah started A Place Called Home with the belief that one person can make a difference. The center provides 4800 member, ages 9-20, with a secure, positive environment where they can regain hope and belief, earn trust, self respect and learn skills to lead a productive life style free of the gangs and […]