FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2021
(Los Angeles) — Los Angeles-based non-profit Larta Institute is pleased and honored to announce that CEO Rohit Shukla has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Mission Foundation. Mr. Shukla joins other community leaders across the region, including representatives from Five Keys, Goldwin Foundation, The OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and many more, to aid in the organization’s mission to be a world leader among Missions that provide for the poor, restore the addicted, and eliminate homelessness.
Rohit Shukla founded Larta Institute in 1993, and it is now an internationally recognized technology accelerator whose mission is to foster science and technology innovation for a sustainable planet.
“We are very pleased to add another person of Rohit’s caliber who brings national, global, and local impact to the Los Angeles Mission Foundation Board,” said Ivan Klassen, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Mission Foundation. “Through impactful, inspired investments that bring life-giving change, the Foundation provides help, hope, and opportunity to men women, and children in need.”
To say I’m honored does not do justice to how I feel”, Shukla said. He was struck, he says, by “the drive, passion, commitment and action that the organization and the LA Mission itself have demonstrated,” he continued, and all the more so on behalf of a population “which is a key indicator of the resilience, compassion, and humanity of our communities.” and hence, Shukla says, he is “grateful to be in the company of such bright stars.”
Mr. Shukla previously served nearly six years as Director of High Technology Business at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. He was Executive Director of the Presidents’ Roundtable, a California-based network of chief executives from Fortune 500 U.S. aerospace and defense electronics companies. In 2008, he was appointed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to advise and lead a multi-country study of IP policies and practices and IP as it affects the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. He also has established regional commercialization initiatives and provided technology commercialization policy advice to the governments of Australia, Israel, Malaysia and New Zealand, among others. In 2014, he was appointed to a 2-year term to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship which advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce.
About Los Angeles Mission
For more than 84 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served the people of Skid Row, providing emergency services such as shelter, food, clothing, as well as professional medical and dental services. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs including education, professional mental health counseling, job training/placement, and transitional housing.
About Larta Institute
Larta Institute is a non-profit organization accelerating innovation & entrepreneurship. Our mission is to foster science & technology innovation for a sustainable planet. Our planet is experiencing significant global problems created by human behavior and policies affecting the environment, food, education, energy & healthcare systems. New science & technology plays a critical role in transforming how we sustainably feed, fuel, and heal the world. Larta was founded in 1993, in Los Angeles, as California’s regional technology alliance to stimulate the economic development of technology-based enterprises. Larta quickly became the national partner for numerous federal government agencies to commercialize novel research & innovation – including DARPA, NIH, DOE, NSF, NIST, NOAA, and USDA. Today, our innovation platform & ecosystem accelerates new science & technology from idea to sustainable enterprise – by providing a unique combination of connections, resources, and funding. We have helped over 6,000 startups, and our alumni have raised over $5BN in funds. Together, let’s feed, fuel, and heal the world.