Leonard M. Lanzi has 30 years of non-profit organization management and fund development experience. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association. In his capacity at LAVA, Len works with the LAVA board of directors to direct the strategic plan and organize educational and informational programs within the venture funded business ecosystem in the greater Los Angeles region.
Len also is the Chief Operating Officer for Rotarians for Family Health in AIDS Prevention. RFHA's purpose is to provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs, districts and multi districts in planning and implementing large scale, community development and humanitarian service projects. RFHA is considered Rotary International's resource group for HIV/AIDS. Rotary Clubs and Districts throughout the world look to RFHA for guidance regarding their particular HIV/AIDS project plans.
Leonard brings a well-rounded knowledge from such diverse human service organizations as the Community Kitchen of Santa Barbara, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Junior Achievement of Southern California and the Boy Scouts of America.
Leonard graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica where he serves on its Board of Directors. Leonard also serves on the board of directors as treasurer for Meals on Wheels West and the Board of Governors for StartOut, a nationwide entrepreneurial organization for the GLBT community. Additionally Len practices massage therapy at Phyical Therapy works in Santa Monica.
Leonard and his domestic partner of 24 years, Russell Nelson, live in Topanga Canyon, California.