Virtual Gathering,
Real Community

We are so grateful to our generous supporters for making the first (and hopefully last!) VIRTUAL Women for a New Los Angeles a smash hit! In spite of a challenging year, we are beyond thankful and hope that you too are inspired for a new dawn!




MacArthur Fellow "Genius" Grant Recipient, Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, and author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret
CATHERINE COLEMAN FLOWERS is an internationally recognized environmental activist, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, and author. She has spent her career advocating for equal access to water and sanitation for all communities — particularly those who are marginalized. Flowers engages with and informs audiences on environmental justice and climate change.

Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ), Flowers has spent her career advocating for equal access to clean water, air, sanitation, and soil in marginalized rural communities in order to reduce health and economic disparities in marginalized rural communities. In addition, she serves as Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), is a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Flowers uses her lens of leadership in environmental justice and climate change advocacy to inspire attendees with her innovation and experience.

As the author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, Flowers shares her inspiring story of advocacy, from childhood to environmental justice champion. She discusses sanitation and its correlation with systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that affects people across the United States.



Los Angeles City Council President
Councilmember for the 6th District
NURY MARTINEZ brings profound life experience as the proud daughter of working-class immigrants, as well as years of legislative and community advocacy expertise, to the forefront of her work fighting for the families of the City of Los Angeles and the Sixth Council District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

In January 2020, Martinez became the first Latina City Council President in the City Council’s 170-year history. When elected to the City Council in 2013, Martinez was the only female elected official in the City of Los Angeles.

Today, Martinez champions families first and women’s rights issues. To encourage more young women to enter public service and become the next generation of leaders, Martinez created the “Ready for Women” Fellowship program. She is also leading a policy initiative to increase paid parental leave in the City of Los Angeles to end archaic laws that punish women for having children, and so that mothers, and all parents, can properly care for and bond with their new-born infants without fear of losing their salaries or jobs.

As the former Chair of the City’s Environmental, Climate Change & Environmental Justice Committee, Martinez has led the committee and City Council in implementing progressive, sustainable environmental standards that make Los Angeles a national standard-bearer. Martinez also utilizes her skills as the former Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful to push for environmental justice policies that focus on low-income communities of color severely impacted by bad environmental planning.


From the beginning, LAANE has seen its role as not only running successful campaigns to raise standards for low-wage workers and low-income communities, but also training the next generation of activists.

LAANE has offered internships as part of college study or as summer placements. Both undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from their time with LAANE, and many have gone on to permanent jobs with LAANE or similar activist organizations. LAANE offers training in community organizing, research and communications.

In 2012, LAANE established the Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program. With the annual support of private donors, LAANE now works to offer expanded internship training opportunities to young people to help jump-start their careers as social justice advocates. LAANE’s internship program has now become a centerpiece of the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon.