Organization: Los Angeles County Development Authority
Location: Pasadena, CA
Treasure Sheppard is an Analyst for the Community & Economic Development Division of the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA). Treasure manages reporting on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Fair Housing programs. She reviews performance and financial data, develops reports, and prepares analyses related to federally-, state-, and locally funded community and economic development programs and projects. She acts as a liaison between the federal government (Housing & Urban Development – HUD) and local municipalities and community-based organizations. Prior to entering urban development, Treasure worked as an Operations Manager leading emergency preparedness and community outreach initiatives at Lake Avenue Church (LAC). During her tenure at LAC, she managed a team of 30+ in safety, health, and emergency preparedness projects; initiated and maintained intersectoral partnerships with corporations, government agencies, community-based organizations, and supportive service providers; and developed curricula and trained 150+ staff and volunteers in topics related to safety, health, and disaster management.
In addition to her work at the LACDA, Treasure volunteers her time as a Commissioner to the City of Pasadena’s Recreation & Parks Commission. Furthermore, she sits on the City of Pasadena’s Urban Forestry Advisory Committee and Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee. Lastly, she is the current President of the Pasadena Recreation & Parks Foundation where she supports the development, sustainability, and resilience of parks, trails, greenspace, and recreation programs to advance the health and wellness of youth, families, and community.
Treasure received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, earned her Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University and is currently completing her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University. Her dissertation currently focuses on the role civic collaboration plays upon urban resilience and public health – homelessness, affordable housing, and land development. She hopes to use knowledge gained from participation in the ULI Health Leaders Network to support her research and advance health equity in built environments within marginalized communities.