Giving Back

When I close a transaction, I give to charities that are important to me. Sotheby’s International Realty matches what I give. If you are interested in giving to one or both, please let me know.

Conservation International

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For more than 25 years, Conservation International has been protecting nature for the benefit of everyone on Earth. Conservation International is a global organization working to address key issues like climate change, vanishing species, threatened cultures and endangered environments. CI’s work focuses on science, policy, and partnership with businesses and communities. The organization employs more than 1,000 people and works with 2,000+ partners in more than 30 countries.

CI has helped establish 1,200 protected areas across 78 countries and protected more than 730 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas. Specifically I participate in Conservation International’s “Protect an Acre” program that protects precious rainforest acres and the species they contain.

Visit Conservation International’s website to learn more about their work, and what you can do to help. A little goes a long way: just $50 goes to protecting about 3 acres of forest.


Chrysalis Enterprises

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Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.

Started In 1984 as a food and clothing distribution center serving men and women living on the streets of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. As the agency grew, Chrysalis developed an effective and nationally recognized program to help homeless and low-income individuals become job ready so that they may find and retain employment.

Chrysalis’ philosophy is that a steady job is the single most important step in a person’s transition out of poverty and onto a pathway to long-term self-sufficiency. Offering a hand up, rather than a hand out, Chrysalis empowers its clients to complete a self-directed job search.

Since 1984, Chrysalis has helped over 51,000 people through its employment programs and services. Visit their website.


National Eagle Scout Association / Boy Scouts of America


I earned my Eagle Scout rank in 1988 with Troop 509 NASA/JPL and have stayed involved with the Boy Scouts of America in many capacities.  Our family has always been involved in Scouting.  My younger brother Bryen, and my older brother Darren also earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and Darren’s two sons earned their Eagles recently.  I am proud that my two boys went through Cub Scouts with Pack 357 and have decided to join Troop 509. Both are excited to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. I spend most of my Monday evenings with them at Boy Scout meetings.

With the San Gabriel Valley Council, I am currently a merit badge counselor for the following 9 merit badges: Salesmanship, Architecture, Orienteering, Coin Collecting, Personal Management (Eagle required), Wilderness Survival, Camping (Eagle required), Hiking (Eagle required), and Backpacking. I am also the new scout co-coordinator for Troop 509. Up until my boys were born, I served as an Assistant Scoutmaster at Troop 509, and also worked as a Ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Periodically, I help the local council decide what to do with graciously donated real property. Working with the President of Property Development at the San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been interesting and gratifying.  Please let me know if you are interested in donating real property to the Boy Scouts of America.


REALTORS® Read Across Pasadena


A number of local agents head to the classrooms and libraries of Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) elementary schools to read aloud to children in kindergarten-fifth grade during the annual Read Across PASadena. The event was inspired by Collaborate PASadena and sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation to forge and strengthen connections between the realtor community and PUSD schools. Read Across PASadena salutes National Read Across America Week, the annual celebration of reading that honors the March 2nd birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss. This has been a lot of fun for me.


Special Olympics Southern California


Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. They enrich the lives of more than 24,000 athletes. Visit their website to learn more, and to give a small (or large) donation.


Friends of the Los Angeles River


Get involved in the Annual Great Los Angeles River Clean Up. The Los Angeles River flows through 14 cities and countless neighborhoods. When the Army Corps of Engineers initiated a flood control project in the late 1930′s, they began the process of paving 80% of the River, creating the world’s largest storm drain.  The dramatic El Niño swept through the watershed washing trash from surrounding areas into the channel which needs to be removed.  FoLAR is a nonprofit founded in 1986, whose mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship.

River Cleanup

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