Robin and Elliott Broidy have long been pillars of the Los Angeles community, well-known among business and social circles as successful business and community leaders and philanthropists. Over the years, they have given their time, money and energy to various causes and charitable organizations that have directly benefited thousands of Angelenos. As longtime residents of Los Angeles, the Broidys are a prime example of individuals who have benefited from the opportunities the city has given them, and who have chosen in turn to give back to the city.
Elliott, a Los Angeles native, is a self-made businessman who put himself through college using proceeds from a coin-operated laundromat that he had purchased with his wages as a high school-aged salmon troller. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. After graduating, he held a position at accounting giant Arthur Andersen that introduced him to Glen Bell, the legendary founder of Taco Bell. Elliott would go on to manage Bell Enterprises, where he sharpened his business acumen and built a track record of successful principal investing. These learnings would serve as the foundation for his own highly regarded investment management company.
Robin herself is an accomplished businesswoman. She worked previously as an entertainment industry attorney and then a senior business executive at 21st Century Fox. She is currently CEO of Storywise Productions, a production company with several major projects under development. Robin is also a supporter and patron of the arts, having hosted performances by world-renowned ballet troupes in an effort to continue bringing dance to America and American dance to the world.
Together, the Broidys support nearly a dozen charitable and community organizations. They have been heavy supporters of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, from aiding its development of a Westside campus to supporting its leading day school. The Broidys also actively support Aviva, an organization dedicated to assisting needy families in urban L.A.; The Everychild Foundation, whose goal is to ease suffering of children in the Greater Los Angeles area whether due to disease, disability, abuse, neglect or poverty; and Target America, a traveling exhibit that provides an overview of the costs and consequences of drug abuse on society.
“We feel blessed by the many opportunities the city of Los Angeles has afforded us, and we feel it is imperative we do our part to help give those same opportunities to others,” said Elliott.
When not attending or hosting one of many fundraisers, the Broidys serve their community as civic leaders. Elliott is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and previously serves as acting Commissioner of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Fund and a member of the board of The Los Angeles Police Foundation. In a nod to his alma mater, Elliott is one of the founding members of the Board of Advisors for Marshall School’s Center for Investment Studies and the Board of Leaders for the Marshall School of Business at USC. He is also a Trustee of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
The Broidys’ commitment to civic duty and philanthropy is not limited to the local community, but extends to a national level as well. Elliott was appointed by Secretary Michael Chertoff to serve on the United States Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Future of Terrorism Task Force, and the New Technology Task Force. He was also appointed by the President in 2006 to serve on the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Broidys are also proud supporters of military and veterans’ organizations, contributing to the Wounded Warriors Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life, and to the Medal of Honor Foundation. Elliott’s latest pet project, tentatively named Hounds for Heroes, is a planned non-profit organization that will provide specially trained service dogs to returning servicemen and servicewomen.
The Broidys’ philanthropic work has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions. One of the most cherished has been the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Award, which is given to select individuals whose courage, selflessness and success against great odds personify those of humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, and which was awarded to Elliott in 2008.
Today, the Broidys continue their ongoing commitment to serve their community and their country. “We’ve been fortunate and blessed with ample opportunities and resources which enable us to help others,” said Robin. “Our goal is to pass those opportunities along in any way we can to individuals who need it the most,” she added.
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