Omar Brownson joined River LA (formerly LA River Revitalization Corporation) in January 2011 as its first executive director. Most recently, Brownson led the Los Angeles expansion of Seslia & Company, a financial advisory firm focused on structuring and sourcing project financing for public institutions. Prior to that, he served as vice president of acquisitions and development at CityView, an institutional investment firm, and spearheaded numerous other mission-driven and community development initiatives. A former CORO Fellow, Brownson received his B.A. from UC Davis, and holds a graduate degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University. Brownson’s Stanton project focused on how to create a collective civic movement to achieve his organization’s goal to connect the 51 mile LA River greenway.