LAANE | Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy

Contact Information

464 Lucas Avenue
Suite 202
Los Angeles
(213) 977-9400, Ext. 108

Our History

Founded in 1993, LAANE is recognized as a national leader in the effort to address the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care and polluted communities. Combining a vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement to transform conditions in Los Angeles and beyond.

For the past 15 years, LAANE has been in the forefront of the nation’s most dynamic progressive movement. LAANE spearheaded the defeat of Wal-Mart’s ballot initiative in Inglewood, led Los Angeles’ groundbreaking living wage campaign and pioneered a new approach to economic development that has become a national model for community empowerment.

In 2008, LAANE played a pivotal role in the passage of one of the country’s most sweeping anti-pollution and anti-poverty measures, a Clean Trucks Program for the region’s ports that will dramatically improve air quality and raise the standard of living for as many as 16,000 truck drivers. LAANE also helped enact the nation’s first Construction Careers and Green Jobs Policy, which will ensure middle-class jobs for thousands of construction workers and open a path to good careers for at risk populations.

Our Work

LAANE’s efforts to transform conditions in the region’s key industries have led to significant improvements for tens of thousands of working men and women. LAANE has also published a series of influential reports, including studies on working poverty and the impact of Wal-Mart on urban America.

LAANE is a co-founder of the Partnership for Working Families, a rapidly growing national alliance that is fighting for good jobs and healthy communities in nearly 20 major metropolitan areas.

LAANE and its leadership have received numerous honors, including awards from the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Speaker of the California Assembly, the UCLA School of Law and the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

News Articles

Partnership for Working Families | November 6, 2014

Dear Friends,

Regardless of how you feel about this week's election results overall, there’s no doubt that when voters got a chance to decide on working family issues, we won big. We won on minimum wage, paid sick days, mass transit, and democracy. We also achieved important gains in criminal justice reform and healthcare reform. Across our network, our affiliates organized hundreds of thousands of voters around key issues that concretely impact our lives.

Partnership for Working Families | April 14, 2014

Did you miss hearing about the Don't Waste LA win on Friday's Union Edge radio show? Check out the podcast for more from Jackie Cornejo, Director of the Don’t Waste LA campaign, and Hays Witt, the Partners

Partnership for Working Families | April 10, 2014

Jackie Cornejo, Director of the Don’t Waste LA campaign, and Hays Witt, the Partnership’s Transforming Trash Campaign Director, will be on the Union Edge radio show tomorrow discussing the good jobs and zero waste implications of Don’t Waste LA’s recent win at City Hall. You can listen live on Friday, April 11, at 2:45 Eastern, and we will have a link to the show on our website afterwards.

Partnership for Working Families | April 2, 2014

“This is one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the world and will provide clean air, good jobs and recycling for all.” –Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Daily News

By a 12-1 vote of City Council, the City of Los Angeles just passed the new Zero Waste LA policy championed by LAANE and the Don't Waste LA Coalition!

Partnership for Working Families | February 19, 2014

Port trucking companies labeling employee truckers as independent contractors break state and U.S. laws and cost the country billions of dollars, a study said. A joint report released Wednesday indicated about 49,000 of the nation's 75,000 port truck drivers were misclassified as independent contractors, violating state and federal labor and tax laws, including provisions covering wage-and-hour standards, income taxes, unemployment insurance, union-related matters and workers' compensation.

Partnership for Working Families | November 13, 2013

LAANE and sixteen allies at Long Beach Rising are driving a multifaceted, non-partisan civic engagement program. On the heels of last fall’s stunning 64% living wage victory, Long Beach Rising continues to reach out to new voters.

Partnership for Working Families | December 3, 2012

In November, the City of Los Angeles took a transformative step toward a pro-community, pro-worker, and pro-environment system for managing its trash by adopting Don’t Waste LA’s proposal for an exclusive franchise agreement for commercial and multi-family waste.  City Council’s bold action will advance the City’s march toward zero waste, stop rate-gouging for small businesses, help communities of color impacted by waste facilities, and create new hope for the workers who handle our trash. 

Partnership for Working Families | November 26, 2012

On Black Friday, shoppers looking for holiday bargains weren’t the only ones at Walmart.  Walmart workers and supporters rallied in 1,000 protests across 46 states. The actions had two goals: educating shoppers about the abysmal working conditions in Wal-Mart stores and suppliers; and showing strong solidarity to prevent Walmart bosses from retaliating against participating workers.    

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy | November 7, 2012

Long Beach hotel workers and community activists made history on November 6, passing a living wage ballot measure that will help lift 2,000 people in that city's tourism industry out of poverty.

Greg Good | September 11, 2012

For years, the waste and recycling system servicing Los Angeles businesses and apartment buildings has been a "Wild West" -- resulting in over-reliance on landfills, unnecessary truck impacts, unfair customer rates and a safe haven for abusive employers. But a critical City Council hearing on August 29 brought us one big step closer to cleaner air, better jobs and recycling for all.


Employment Opportunities

  • LONG BEACH RISING! is a civic engagement coalition of local organizations promoting civic participation, alliance building, voter engagement, and community organizing amongst communities historically marginalized from the political process in Long Beach. Long Beach Rising is convened by Long Beach Forward and The Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, a project of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE).

  • Founded in 1993, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all – with a focus on women, low-income communities, and people of color. Combining research, public policy, and coalition organizing, LAANE promotes an economic approach based on good jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment. Visit for more.