While Ori Blumenfeld and Ellen Sloan may be the newest additions to Safe Parking LA’s Board, they are no strangers to service on behalf of people and families experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. As Safe Parking LA grows and evolves, their guidance will help us end homelessness for thousands of Angelenos who live in their vehicles.
Ori Blumenfeld is a native Angeleno who, as a youth growing up in the Hollywood area, volunteered with his family to help folks living on the streets. From 2014-2021, Ori served on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Beverly Hills, where he championed in support of community members experiencing mobile homelessness and secured funding to provide much-needed services.
Ori is Senior Counsel at Levinson Arshonsky & Kurtz. He received his BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley and his Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where he currently serves on the Board of Managers.
“I’m excited to join the board of Safe Parking LA because I am moved by its mission to protect our vulnerable population,” shares Ori. “Homelessness is never a ‘you’ or ‘they’ issue, it’s an ‘us’ issue, and we must all do our part to protect our community.”
Ellen Sloan comes to Safe Parking LA with a wealth of experience serving the homeless community, having spent five years on the Santa Monica Social Services Commission and the Advisory Council for REDF, a venture philanthropy organization that invests exclusively in social enterprises. Ellen is also a volunteer for Bread & Roses and Food Forward.
Ellen worked for over 20 years in finance, investments, and accounting at Bank of America, City National Bank, and Price Waterhouse. She was a Supply Corps Officer in the Naval Reserves, earning an AB degree from Occidental College and an MBA from USC.
She says, “I am excited to start a new role within Safe Parking LA and look forward to working with the team to further develop our resources and services suite. I am fortunate to join such a respected organization that prides itself on quality services.”
Thank you, Ori and Ellen, for your commitment to bettering the lives of unhoused Angelenos!