The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation is a non-profit educational corporation chartered in the State of California in 1999 as a California Corporation numbered C2104684. The corporation is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation maintains offices at 825 Colorado Blvd. Suite 242, Los Angeles, California 90041.

Mission Statement

The Foundation's mission is to preserve and dynamically present the history of railroading in the greater Los Angeles Basin. This is accomplished through its three core programs: public outreach, archival preservation, and multiple-media publishing. Each of these programs is interdependent and together they enable the Foundation to achieve its mission.

Corporation Management

The officers managing the operation of the corporation are:

  • Josef K. Lesser, CEO
  • Elrond Lawrence, Executive Director
  • Jared Nigro, Administrative Assistant
  • Hayden Steele, Special Projects Manager

Board of Directors:

  • Wendell Mortimer, President
  • Ronald R. Gustafson, Vice President
  • Mark Higgins, Treasurer
  • Orlo Elfes, Secretary
  • Josef Lesser
  • Robert De Pietro
  • Deke Keasbey
  • Walt Lester
  • Stephen K. Skahen

Contact LARHF

     Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation
     825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 242
     Los Angeles, CA 90041

     Phone: 626-458-4449



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