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Riordan Signature Programs

As part of our mission to nurture the next generation of leaders, we are proud to support leadership development programs at Loyola Marymount University and UCLA's Anderson School of Management. To date, we have contributed over $1.5 million to these organizations and have seen over 3,000 young professionals benefit.

  • Recognizes LMU undergraduate students for outstanding contributions in the area of community service, exemplifying the University’s tradition of being “men and women for and with others.”

  • A pioneering career-based outreach program that motivates high school students, college students and recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds and under-served communities to consider and prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship and professional development.

  • For over 25 years, the institute has empowered early-to-mid career professionals for lifelong community engagement through service on nonprofit boards. It accomplishes its mission through a course curriculum focused on community leadership and nonprofit training. The education includes essentials such as board governance, fiscal responsibilities, fundraising, giving pro bono service, corporate social responsibility and leadership development. Additionally, fellows obtain hands-on practice through field experience with nonprofit boards. As alumni, all former RLI fellows join the SCLN community and have full access to monthly alumni activities.

  • Riordan Initiatives

    Consistent with our mission, and in furtherance of it, the Foundation is proud to support the Riordan Initiative. The Riordan Initiative was founded by Mayor Richard J. Riordan, Princeton class of 1952, and Crystal Nix Hines, Princeton class of 1985. The Initiative identifies exceptionally high-achieving, L.A.-area, minority, economically-challenged high school students in order to introduce them to Princeton University and encourage their application to the university. It also supports students' application efforts and mentors those who are admitted to and choose to attend Princeton.

    As a result of a thorough strategic planning process by the Board of Directors and Staff of The Riordan Foundation, the last cohort for the Riordan Initiative was selected in the spring of 2016. Support continues for existing Riordan Initiative scholars.

    We wish to extend our gratitude to all those who helped and supported this successful program, especially our Princeton alumni volunteers; Princeton admission officers, staff, and faculty; and southern California non-profit organization partners. The Director of the Initiative is Shani Moore Weatherby, Esq., Princeton class of 2002, and she can be reached at for questions or feedback.