The Pando Story isn’t really about Pando.

It’s about LA.

It’s about Angelenos.

It’s about our better angels.


Actually.

It’s about how the bravest of our better angels are working to muster and inspire people who are imagining the unimaginable:

A brighter and better future for Los Angeles.

The people behind Pando

We’re a group of educators, philosophers, entrepreneurs, writers, producers, artists, architects, designers, civil servants, politicians, policymakers, human rights activists, clergy, ecologists, business people, lawyers, engineers, gardeners, nuns and sisters, and even gangsters. 

Eugene Shirley
Founding President

Aubrey Burgess
Graphic Designer

Mark Eckhardt
Board Member

John B. Cobb, Jr.
Founding Board Chair

What we do

Pando is a non-profit producer of educational programs that deepen the civic engagement of K-12, higher ed, and informal learners across communities and generations.

Los Angeles County has adopted an ambitious regional sustainability plan that integrates justice with ecology. Our civic engagement programs aim to help implement the plan.

For a brighter and better future.

No one else is innovating regional engagement like Pando.

How we work

Our programs come embedded with a project acceleration process for creating positive change, designed to take on issues that matter most to LA’s future.

We’re not talking about just talking. But about helping our stakeholder communities deliver measurable impact.

CSO Taskforce

The CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Taskforce is a network of LA County’s sustainability professionals. It advises on program development and its members support a professional-community collaboration.

The CSO Strategic Taskforce includes Chief Sustainability Officers from government, business, and institutions of civil society across LA County and is a collaborative initiative with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz.

Collaborators & Sponsors

We collaborate with some 70 Southland organizations and dozens of funders to catalyze for regional sustainability.

More about Pando

Pando Populus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in the fall of 2014. Our inaugural conference was held on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA in June of 2015 for some 1,600 people. The event, titled “Seizing an Alternative,” explored more than eighty different tracks in the sciences and humanities focused on vitalizing human and natural systems. John B. Cobb, Jr. was the intellectual architect of the conference and is Pando’s founding chair.

Our values reflect the interconnectedness of all things. We take our name from the largest organism on Earth, a giant quaking aspen and one-tree forest named Pando.

Like to connect? We’d love to hear from you! Email: info@pandopopulus.com. Or reach us off-line: 8023 Beverly Blvd. Suite 1, #460, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Phone: 310-428-6406.