Paula Litt grew up in Los Angeles and has been active in social justice movements for over 50 years. Paula is an active volunteer and Board member with the Liberty Hill Foundation. Married to her civil rights attorney husband, Barry, for 51 years, they have three children and seven grandchildren.
NewGround Board of Directors, Vice-Chair
Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she has worked for more than a decade. She is a seasoned trainer and facilitator, designing and leading capacity-building and leadership development programs for participants from over 15 countries across the globe. She was a founding member of NewGround and chaired the initiative for its first five years.
Loskota advises government agencies on effective collaborations and capacity building efforts with faith communities including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, California Emergency Management, California Volunteers, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles City Emergency Management Department, and Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission.
Loskota’s work has been covered by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy. Her articles and essays on issues of religious pluralism, government and faith community partnerships, and religious identities and have been published by The Aspen Institute, The Brookings Institute, Religion Dispatches, Los Angeles Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She received her M.A. degree from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and completed her B.A. in history and religion from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
NewGround Board of Directors, Co-Chair
David Weiner is the CEO of Social Studies School Service, an educational publishing company. Social Studies School Service publishes curriculum for the K-12 market through several imprints including The Center for Learning, Interact, Good Year Books, and Nystrom – the oldest and largest publisher of maps, globes, and atlases for the school market. David was in the first cohort of NewGround’s young professional’s program, and helped steer NewGround to become its own organization. He has served on the American Jewish Committee Los Angeles chapter’s ACCESS Steering Committee and International Relations Committee. He has served on the Regional Council of the Progressive Jewish Alliance and Bend the Arc. David served two terms as a Board Member of the Mid City West Community Council. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Trinity College in Connecticut, a Masters of Public Administration from New York University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.