About Us

Through these doors we see the path forward
towards the improved health of our South Los Angeles community

About the Foundation

Funding a Brighter Future

The MLK Community Health Foundation (MLKCHF) is dedicated to raising and stewarding financial support for Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and its work to improve health in South Los Angeles. We unite community, civic and philanthropic leaders to invest in healthcare access, nationally recognized quality, and compassionate care.

Since 2012, MLKCHF has funded best-in-class maternity services, a nurse residency and fellowship program, an integrated behavioral health program, a multi-specialty nonprofit medical group, expanded diagnostic and treatment services, a clinic for high-risk patients, and more. Our work includes the recently dedicated Hope Emergency Center. In partnership with our supporters, we bring healthcare and prevention to over 100,000 patients and families in South Los Angeles every year.


About the Community

A Community Moving Forward

Although South Los Angeles still faces inequities—a high poverty rate, a critical physician gap of 1,200, some of the worst health outcomes in the nation—it is also a community where investments are being made. Jordan Downs is being redeveloped with new housing, community center, retail and healthy food options. Children’s Institute is building a new campus. Magic Johnson Park is expanding. A new library and a senior center stand where empty lots once stretched. Construction is underway on a behavioral health center on the MLK Campus. A new medical office building with expanded outpatient services and physician consultation opens in 2020.

Thanks in part to the work of the Foundation in support of the initiatives, programs, and services of MLKCH, the outlook for South Los Angeles is changing. Together, we are creating a community with true access to health and wellness for all our patients and families.

Board of Directors

Manuel A. Abascal

Partner, Litigation Department, Latham and Watkins, LLP

Brad Armstrong

Founder & Senior Partner, Top Tier Consulting

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH

CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Bruce Corwin

Chair & CEO, Metropolitan Theatres Corporation

Paul King

President and CEO, Stanford Children’s Health

John E. Kobara

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation; Retired

Board Chair

Robert Margolis, MD

CEO Emeritus, HealthCare Partners, LLC

Board Secretary

Larry M. Rosen

President & CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Retired

Kyle Walton

President, Classic Lake Consulting and Investments

Jeffery Walker

Vice President – Customer Solutions, Southern California Gas Company

Rich Leib

President and CEO, Dunleer Strategies

Linda Griego

President & CEO, Griego Enterprises

Honorary Life Director


Celeste Davies

Director, Prospect Research

Lisa J. Baxter

Director of Major Gifts

Priscilla Valencia

Director, Annual Giving

Willa Zhang

Sr. Specialist, Development Communications

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