The Venice Resistance is a progressive non-profit advocating for the rights of all people under the principles of a representative democracy. We hold all elected officials accountable to enact compassionate public policy that puts our people and our planet first. We reflect the inclusive nature of our shared and diverse community.
Our goals are simple. We want to elevate Venice, CA to become a self-sustaining and model community for Los Angeles and the rest of the country. To start, we're kicking off our community programs with an Alley Cleanup and welcoming Ted Lieu in an intimate Q&A session this fall.
Our long term goal is to incorporate Venice as a city. Parking is the number one revenue driver for the city of Los Angeles and our goal is to keep that revenue within our community - to build better schools and help take care of our homeless population.
In doing so, we are partnering with many local organizations including The Indivisible Movement, Black Lives Matter, The Women's March, Venice Neighborhood Council, The ACLU of Southern California, Venice Family Clinic, West LA Democratic Club, Heal the Bay, Surfrider Association, and more.
We are your neighbors and your friends. We marched alongside you at the Women's March and the March for Science. We felt the blow on November 9th right along with you. We took part in Pride Month and celebrated our members who painted the Brooks Ave lifeguard tower.
We're young and we're old. We're white, hispanic, black, and brown. We're gay, straight, and transgendered. We're artists. We're lawyers. We're media executives. We're engineers. We're parents. We're single. We're locals.
MEET THE BOARD
MEET THE BOARD
Meet the crew behind Venice Resistance. We are working tirelessly to get our country and our community back on track. We welcome any input and ideas from any of our members. For press inqueries, contact email@example.com
Maria has spent the last 15 years working for a variety of startups, holding executive-level business development and marketing roles for a companies at various stages. She has been an activist for as long as she can remember, raised by international activist parents and then joining the Peace Corps after college where she lived in Bangladesh. Following the 2016 election, and noticing a huge gap in the Westside of Los Angeles, Maria formed 501(c)(3) non-profit, Venice Resistance, while running Business Development for a Disney-backed content company. She realized she couldn't stand on the sidelines anymore and wanted to take action to create a safer world for her daughter. She’s a long-time Venice resident and currently runs her own firm, MCA Partners.
For the past nine years, Thomas (TJ) has served as the Mental Health Policy Director at ACHSA. TJ came to ACHSA from the Disability Rights Legal Center, where he served as Director of Options Counseling and Lawyer Referral Service, supervising and coordinating the agency's legal intake process. In addition to the Venice Resistance, he also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and as a Commissioner on the City of Santa Monica Disabilities Commission. TJ received his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, in Psychology, from the University of Arizona.
Adeline has spent the last 5 years dedicated to the mission of making girls "strong, smart, and bold" as the Co-chair of Girls Incorporated's "Champion for Girls" philanthropic membership program which provides "STEM" education for girls in undeserved communities. She is also passionate about women's rights and healthcare and serves as a brand ambassador and lobbyist for Planned Parenthood. She is a longtime Venice resident and currently works with law enforcement as a public safety strategist for the home security company, Ring.com
After more than a decade of appointed and elected public service on Venice Neighborhood Council, Jed was moved by the 2016 national elections to focus on national advocacy. As a Venice Resistance founding Board Member and cat herder in a former life, Jed manages monthly Senators' office meetings with leadership of five SoCal groups, helps organize legislative and grassroots advocacy, initiatives and actions with California Indivisible Statestrong and a dozen SoCal Indivisible and Resistance groups, as well as pursuing and organizing the full menu of GOTV efforts: Voter registration, canvassing, text and phone banking and postcards.