Larry Kaplan advises on fundraising strategy and program design, grant writing, strategic planning and staff development, board development and recruiting, marketing and communications, public policy analysis and advocacy for community-based social justice nonprofits, collaboratives and philanthropists in Southern California.

In 2018, Larry was the managing director of FairWarning, a nonprofit investigative news organization, where he was responsible for all of the non-editorial functions of the website, primarily fundraising, marketing and administration.

He has turned around troubled non-profit organizations and started up new ones.  He has built and maintained elected officials’ offices, managed political campaigns, and has a solid understanding of the impacts of public policy. He is a problem solver, a “fixer,” and is passionate about urban communities and social justice.

As the Los Angeles Area Director for the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization, Larry managed its urban park program, and was instrumental in developing a new paradigm for urban parks and playgrounds in low-income communities.  He was executive director of Workplace Hollywood, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the workforce diversity of Los Angeles’ signature industry.

Larry was the CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and helped a national civil engineering firm market its services to both public and private sector clients.  His career includes serving as Regional Director for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, covering the state from the Tehachapi’s to the Mexican border, during her first term. And, he served a number of state and local elected officials, including L.A. Councilman Mike Woo in his first term.

Larry, a long-time Angeleno, began his career in journalism, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.  He regularly contributed to the Nonprofit Quarterly over the past few years, and currently volunteers with the Taproot Foundation, providing guidance, coaching and counsel to various non-profit organizations.

Larry served on the California Board of Accountancy from 2011 to 2017, and on the Los Angeles County Local Governmental Services Commission from 2013 to 2018.  In 2017, he was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly to the Bar Examiners Committee of the California State Bar, and in 2018, he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the Economy and Efficiency Commission.  He also chairs the board of Worksite Wellness Los Angeles.

Larry Kaplan is is a problem solver, a “fixer,”

and is passionate about urban communities

and social justice.

Learn about Larry Kaplan's Clients

8Minutenergy Renewables – Kern Agriculture & Energy Ed. Fdn.

Afriat Consulting Group

Assistance League of So CA – Volunteer Ctr of Los Angeles

Brainerd Foundation

Bob Gold & Associates Public Relations

Books for Babies

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson, CA

California Assemblymember Mike Gatto

California Center for Health Reporting

California Greenworks

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

California State Summer School Arts Foundation

Cancer Support Community, Pasadena

Celiac Disease Foundation

Climate Resolve

Coalition for Clean Air – California Cleaner Freight Coalition

Coalition for Economic Survival

Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods & Jobs – No on Measure S

Community Coalition of South L.A.

Council for Watershed Health

Dare U to Care Outreach Ministries

David & Lucille Packard Foundation

Downtown (L.A.) Women’s Center

EmpowerHer Institute

Equality California

Executive Service Corps of Southern California

FairWarning

Families in Schools

Friends of the Los Angeles River

Green LA Coalition

GRYD Foundation

Hard Hat Communications

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

ICPR Public Relations

Kapolczynski Consulting – Progressive Strategy Partners

Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Pk – L.A.

L.A. Big Picture H.S.

L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti

L.A. City Councilmember Mike Woo

L.A. City Community Development Dept.

L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina

L.A. County Workforce Investment Board

Los Angeles Metro

National Health Foundation

National Network of Fiscal Sponsors

Outfest – The LGBT Film Festival

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Remember Us: The Holocaust B’nai Mitzvah Project

Ricardo Montalban Foundation Theatre

Rivers & Mountains Conservancy – WCA

Saving the West

School Leaders Network

Sierra Club – San Gabriel Mountains Forever/Nature for All

Southern CA Committee for the Olympic Games – Ready Set Gold!

Southern CA Jewish Repertory Theater

Taproot Foundation

Theodore Payne Foundation

Trust for Public Land

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Unite HERE Local 11 – Hospitality Training Academy

University of Southern California

Valley Nonprofit Resources

Visual Effects Society

Washington State Association for Justice

Water Education for Latino Leaders

Wolf Connection

Workplace Hollywood

Worksite Wellness Los Angeles