Torie Osborn

Activist, author, producer and perhaps the all-round best coalition builder in town, Osborn has emerged as one of the key leaders of progressive Los Angeles. As executive director of the Liberty Hill Foundation, Osborn doles out sorely needed funding to the city's dizzying range of grassroots community-organizing groups. The former capo of both the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force also played a major role this year in putting together the “Progressive L.A.” conference at Occidental College. With L.A.'s civic left reconstituting itself for the post-Riordan era, look for Osborn to be steering that process along. (Harold Meyerson)

photography by ROBERT HALE

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