In January 2011, Omar Brownson joined the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation as its first executive director. He is responsible for marshalling the human, capital, and natural resources necessary to create and sustain responsible investments along the River Corridor. His career has been dedicated to improving urban communities, spanning institutional investment, real estate development, and public policy.
Most recently, Omar led the Los Angeles expansion of Seslia & Company, a financial advisory firm focused on structuring and sourcing project financing for public institutions. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at CityView, an institutional investment firm, and spearheaded numerous other mission–‐driven and community development initiatives.
As chairman of the Liberty Hill Foundation board of directors and a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, he is committed to the betterment of Los Angeles for all. Omar holds a graduate degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University where he also won the Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition. At the University of California Davis, he earned a dual degree in International Relations and Nature and Culture. Omar was a Coro Fellow and served in Public Allies, an Americorps program.
Omar grew up in Los Angeles and is happily married to Kim Pattillo Brownson, a civil rights lawyer. They are the proud parents of two daughters.
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