November 13, 2023 – Pasadena, CA-based search firm Envision Consulting has assisted in the recruitment of Adrian Scott Fine as the new CEO of the Los Angeles Conservancy. He will succeed Linda Dishman, who has been with the organization for over 31 years. “I’m thrilled that Adrian was chosen to lead the Conservancy into the future,” said Ms. Dishman. “He’s been an incredible partner in raising the Conservancy’s profile as a thought leader in historic preservation and a champion for more inclusive preservation that not only tells fuller histories but makes a difference in people’s lives today … and tomorrow. I can’t wait to see the organization reach new heights with Adrian as its president and CEO.”
Mr. Fine was selected by a conservancy board search committee following a long and thorough nationwide executive search by Envision Consulting. Mr. Fine entered the process with relevant management experience and qualifications, but also with considerable appreciation and understanding of historic preservation in Los Angeles County.
“The L.A. Conservancy’s board has great confidence that Adrian is the best person to lead the organization into the future,” said Joy Forbes, chair of the conservancy’s board of directors and a member of the selection committee. “He exemplifies the heart of the conservancy’s mission and has a proven track record of bringing people together to save historic places in Los Angeles county. He cares about L.A.’s layered history and has worked hard for more than a decade to preserve the places that tell these stories.”
Mr. Fine most recently served as director of the Center for State and Local Policy in Washington, D.C., and director of the Northeast Field Office in Philadelphia with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is the immediate past president of the California Preservation Foundation’s board of trustees, a board member of Synergy Community Development Corporation, a housing non-profit organization, and a founding board member of the Southern California chapter of the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement.
The Los Angeles Conservancy was established in 1978 out of a community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. Today, that journey has evolved as the organization strives to make preservation part of public policy, urban planning, and public consciousness. The organization boasts a membership of 4,500 households, the largest membership of any local preservation organization in the U.S., reflecting a commitment to the belief that historic places add value and meaning to the present and future.
Envision Consulting is a minority-owned firm specializing in executive search, organizational strategy, merger exploration, and executive leadership transitions. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, its partners and consultants are former non-profit executive leaders who now use their collective experience and inspiration to uplift non-profits and the communities they serve. Envision Consulting’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is integrated into its practices, including inclusive surveys and stakeholder interviews, focus groups, structured hiring processes, and a focus on anti-biased decision making.
In 2021, Envision was named by the Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy as a Top 10 Search Firm that Works for Women of Color. In 2022, Envision was named a Top 60 Executive search Firms Serving the Non-Profit Sector by Hunt Scanlon.
Envision Consulting was founded by Matt Kamin and Allison Fuller in 2006. Mr. Kamin, managing partner, has been working and volunteering in the non-profit world for over 18 years. He previously served as executive director of Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. in New York, Children’s Nature Institute in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Youth Network in Hollywood. Mr. Kamin has also been a consultant to organizations serving populations ranging from disabled adults, domestic violence, children in non-public schools, and the geriatric community. He is co-founder of Youth for Charity, an organization bringing together teens of different faiths to raise awareness for families living in poverty, as well as founder of Eleventh Commandment, which has grown into JQ International.
Ms. Fuller, managing partner, has worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade. Her interest in non-profits began as a volunteer, leading her to co-founding her own charitable organization. In the non-profit sector, she has held numerous staff and executive leadership positions, including executive director. As a former escrow officer, Ms. Fuller brings extensive planning and logistical experience into overseeing many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning, and operations. In addition, as a graphic designer and web marketer, she brings in unique talents to non-profits, expanding resources and efficiency while substantially increasing fundraising revenues. She also has a passion for helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations, including Autism Speaks, YWCA, and Step Up Women’s Network.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media