Team

Rev. Eddie Anderson

Chief Executive Officer (he/him)

Rev. Edward ”Eddie” Anderson is a passionate civil rights activist and ordained minister with degrees from Morehouse College and Claremont School of Theology. Rev.Anderson was born on Warner Robins Air Force base and raised on the Southside of Atlanta as the fourth (youngest)child of Rev.Ganus and Priscilla Anderson. Currently, he serves the historic McCarty Memorial Christian Church located in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Rev. Anderson affectionately known as Pastor Eddie is an Regional organizer for LA Voice (PICO), advocate for Black Lives Matter, Co-Founder of Clergy4BlackLives, a convener and former Co-Chair of the New Poor People’s Campaign in California (led nationally by Rev.William Barber II) and was a Bethany and Preston Taylor Fellow. Rev. Anderson has served as a movement and thought leader for many of the local and state-wide reforms around transformative justice and has been jailed for justice at least 4 times. Reverend Anderson served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Redistricting Commission (2020-2021) and is on the board of the ARDI Advisory Body of Los Angeles County and the Black People Experiencing Homelessness Committee for LAHSA and LA County. He serves on the National Convocation Board as the President of Youth and Young Adults as well as the Regional Board for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as Chairman of New Church Development. He is a sought out leader within his church denomination and served on every level of the church including his latest appointment to the General Ethics Commission of the denomination. Last year,Pastor Eddie was humbled to be awarded the honor of being a Leonard Beerman Fellow, a fellowship that has funded the work of rising political and civil rights leaders across the nation.

Pastor Eddie serves on the Board of Directors for Claremont School of Theology as well as Progressive Christians Uniting and served on Crossroads for Women Inc, Eastmont Community Center boards raising the voices of those who are forced to live along the margins of society. Rev. Anderson Co-Organized Trust Talks LA with Rev. Delonte Gholston.Trust Talks is a award winning faith community-led initiative that brings together all sides of the Downtown Los Angeles community—including representatives of Skid Row, condo owners and renters, police, business owners, and activists—in discussions around race and policing.The model was also used to heal race relations in West Virginia. He continued this work for equity and repair as member of the Measure J Steering Committee, Black People Experiencing Homelessness Committee(LAHSA) and the community advisory board for the Los Angeles County Anti-Racisim, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

In 2020 Rev. Andeson co-founded the Partnership for Growth Los Angeles Community Development Corporation with Rabbi Joel Simonds, which has partnered with local communities to impact the lives of over 10k South LA residents to date and will break ground on the largest Urban farms program in SD30 and the 37th Congressional district in a decade.

Rev. Anderson core values around impactive community engagement, civil rights, brotherhood and faith stem from the legacy of his late grandfather the Honorable Rev. Willie Anderson Sr, a civil rights icon in South GA,Pastor and elected official. While he has been honored to serve in many capacities which have afforded him to be seen and heard on television, radio and become a published author; his greatest accomplishment to date has been to be the son of Rev.Ganus and Priscilla Anderson, a good little brother to his 3 older siblings and the husband to Clare Anderson-Fox.

The scripture of calling for Pastor Eddie’s life has been Isaiah, Chapter 42, verses 1-7 which says in part, “I am the LORD. I have called you in righteous, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a Covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.”

Rabbi Joel Simonds

President (he/him)

Rabbi Joel Thal Simonds is the founding executive director of the Jewish Center for Justice, where he envisioned the need for a Jewish justice organization to reach the unaffiliated and expand the breadth and scope of the wider Jewish community. Previously, he was the West Coast Legislative Director for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Rabbi Simonds also serves as Rabbi of the Synagogue for the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and for the past ten years has been the Associate Rabbi at University Synagogue in Los Angeles.

Erika Page, EdD

Chief Operating Officer (she/her)

Dr. Page is an advocate for strategic leadership and implementation of business processes to optimize performance within workplace operations. She has led the development of programs and processes aimed at ensuring understanding of and accountability for complex global business operations.

She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Partnership for Growth LA (PFGLA) where she is responsible for oversight and implementation of strategic operations for PFGLAs signature programs; Freedom Farms, Freedom Schools and Project Jubilee. Dr. Page is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at USC Rossier School of Education where she instructs students in Equity and Inclusion in Organizational Contexts as part of the doctoral degree program in Organizational Change and Leadership. She has more than 20 years of corporate experience in the entertainment industry driving International Labor Standards practices and compliance operations with a Fortune 100 company. Throughout her career she has worked with corporate executives, non-profit leaders, business professionals, and students both as a mentor and an advocate to assist individuals in achieving their academic and professional goals. She currently mentors students as part of the USC Marshall Career Advantage Program and is a Senior Fellow for USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise LAB.

Dr. Page earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, her Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.

Tiffany Caldas

Chief of Staff (she/they/he)

Tiffany Caldas is a social welfare strategist and artist. Tiffany is the child of Dominican and Colombian immigrants, and grew up in Maryland, in the greater Washington, D.C metropolitan area. Tiffany was introduced to public policy and social change work in high school, including being selected to participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Ready to Lead program.

Tiffany completed their Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Art from the University of Miami. During their undergraduate studies, Tiffany conducted research on schizophrenia psychotherapeutic interventions, and published work based on their thesis on symptom presentation difference between racial groups. Tiffany received their Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, where they concentrated in communities, organizations and policy. Tiffany also holds a Certificate in Strategic Management from Georgetown University.

An appreciable professional achievement of Tiffany’s is having led the embRACE LA campaign and coalition, which helped establish Los Angeles’ first Department of Civil Rights and Equity. Tiffany currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Partnership for Growth LA. Tiffany also provides social welfare strategy services through their firm Empactify, working with organizations to generate equitable advancement of Black and Indigenous communities. Tiffany is a trained artist, and enjoys Afro-Brazilian dance and graphite drawing in their free time.

Jordan Salviati

Project Jubilee Program Manager (she/her/ella)

Jordan is the Program Manager for Project Jubilee where she oversees the operation and implementation of this project that serves violence impacted young adults in South and West Los Angeles. She has a passion for direct services and sees the importance of building self-sustaining communities through effective project management. Before joining PFGLA, she was the Program Manager at LA Voice where she owned multiple organizational programs through a diverse network of interfaith and multi faith organizations across LA County. Her passion for social justice and human rights, however, began when she worked at the Center for Reconciliation and Diversity in college. During her time there, she created and facilitated a college workshop for first-generation high school students from inner-city Los Angeles.

Some of her prior volunteer experience includes facilitating workshops for immigrant and refugee women at the Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group in London and working with the social outreach program Ethembeni, located in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Richmond the American International University in London. In her free time, you can find Jordan traveling to new countries, at the movies or taking a dance class.

Maia Washington

People and Culture Assistant (she/her)

Maia Washington, born and raised in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles, California is an experienced Human Resources Professional. With over 6 years of experience in talent acquisition by way of recruitment and staffing, specializing in retention, employee relations,
compensation and benefits, performance management, human resource policies and compliance, employee engagement as well as accounting, Maia currently serves as our People and Culture Associate, facilitating the organization’s talent management and administrative
processes. She also works closely with PFGLA’s COO to facilitate key human resource and operational work, while also providing the executive team with administrative support.

Her work history also includes Voter Education, Outreach and Advocacy. Through community outreach, education and action Maia believes we can collectively heal our communities and create a healthy, equitable society for everyone. She is an impactful leader and change agent
who lives a life dedicated to advocating for the oppressed.

Maia feels purpose aligned while serving as the People and Culture Associate for a nonprofit organization that Partners with the community that she was raised in, for the Growth that she could only imagine as a child in South Central LA. She attended Crenshaw High School where
she worked in the garden daily dreaming of a life that actually supported a farm to table lifestyle. Maia also attended Tuskegee University studying Social Work where she immediately learned that her passion in life focused heavily on education and interactions within the community that would allow her to be a force for change.

Maia loves to travel, spend time with her son, and is also a culinary artist. She strongly believes that it is important to “love your neighbor as you love yourself” so helping communities thrive towards wholeness brings her great joy.

Nisha Bansal

Freedom Farms Program Manager (she/her)

Nisha Bansal serves as Partnership for Growth LA’s Program Manager for Freedom Farms, where she oversees the establishment, management, and implementation of our portfolio of community farms. As a Los Angeles County native, Nisha has a passion for constructing local food systems that are more just, accessible, and community-centered in our city.

Her interest in local issues surrounding food equity and sustainability began while she was a student at the University of California, Los Angeles. During her time studying environmental science at UCLA, Nisha researched community gardening initiatives in Indigenous communities, and worked with the Office of Sustainability to facilitate student and staff engagement in sustainability and social justice programs. Prior to joining PFGLA, she worked as an environmental consultant, advising clients on carbon emissions reduction strategies, air quality regulatory compliance, and transitions to zero-emission vehicle technologies. In her free time, you can find Nisha practicing yoga, playing guitar and writing music with her friends, or attempting to master her cherished family dal recipe.

Board of Directors

Rev. Eddie Anderson
Julie Bank
Tina McKinnor
Nick Melvoin
Bryce Sampson
Michelle Sampson
Rabbi Joel Simonds
Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard
Aaron Thomas

 

Contact Info

info@pfgla.org