Nonprofits professional Megan Hobza has lived in Whittier, CA for over 30 years. Hobza’s 25-year career as a strategic planning and business writing consultant includes consulting on grant proposals for a major metropolitan medical center for 20 years as part of a Community Services team that has raised over $30 million in grant funds for community wellness and population health including federal, state, county, city, and private foundation grants. She also specializes in consulting for emerging nonprofits and serves clients in education, environment, civic engagement and social justice, marketing and publishing, faith communities, and arts and culture.
Hobza’s work as a nonprofits specialist informs her work as a community-building catalyst. Her background in community change-making includes founding roles in Sustainable City nonprofit, the Whittier Free Store, Whittier Time Bank, Altadena Urban Farmers Market, Strub Avenue Urban Farm, the Whittier Area Environmental Coalition, Village Sudbury School, the Whole Place of Whittier, and the Urban Dinner Socials pop-up locavore vegan gastropub. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of local Whittier news outlet Sustainable City News, founded in January 2018.
Hobza has a B.A. in English and a Master’s in Business Administration. Hobza has trained in social enterprise with Flintridge Foundation, Public Counsel, and Sustainable Economies Law Center. She is a past board member of Pasadena Child Development Associates, Inc. and Echo Park Time Bank, served as board chair of the Arroyo Time Bank, board secretary of the Whole Place of Whittier, and is the president/CEO of Sustainable City. In 2015, she was awarded a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship.