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Our Founder: Team


Founder + Principal

L. Lo Sontag (she/her/us) is a climate economist and an urbanist. As an undergrad at Mount St. Mary's University, she studied philosophy and poetry, as a graduate student, she explored the areas of urban planning, human development, and economics and received an MPA and MS in Human Development. She is an Ethics and Equity Fellow with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the incoming inaugural Sadie Alexander Economics Fellow at the New School for Social Research.

Sontag is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The AJ Muste Award (2018), The Pacific Oaks College Community Involvement Award (2017), & Center for Cooperative Media Award (2017). The City of Los Angeles recognized her for her service to Literary Los Angeles in 2016, owing to her work with the Blk Grrrl Book Festival. 

Sontag's writing has been published in Time, LA Weekly, LA City Beat, Zocalo, Daily News, Next City, TruthDig, 30 Seconds, and Elephant Journal.

Sontag has presented at LACMA, MOCA, Los Angeles Union Station, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies Library at UCLA, Southwest College, Occidental College, Rutgers, Montclair State University, Left Forum, CUNY, the Pittsburg Racial Justice Summit, and the University of Toronto.

She is currently based in both New York Metro and Los Angeles. She is an twelfth-generation American, descended from enslaved Africans (and enslavers) by way of Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas.

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