Mission & Leadership

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Our Mission

Founded in 1999 by Josef Lesser and Ron Gustafson, the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation (LARHF) preserves, shares, and celebrates the history of railroading throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California.


We do this with satellite exhibits across the Southland, by sharing our archive of historic photography and memorabilia, by hosting member field trips and special events, by holding Scouting classes on railroad safety, and with our book publishing series. We employ our resources and expertise to support media, researchers, authors, heritage groups, and local communities.


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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.


Ronald R. Gustafson


Jo Ann Lesser


Hayden Steele

Special Projects Manager

Jared Nigro

Chief Operations Officer

Thomas Cisneros


Wendell Mortimer, 


Mark Higgins


Orlo Elfes


Walt Lester

Michael Cisneros

Ellie Trope

George Higgins

Josef K. Lesser

Board of Directors

Robert De Pietro

Deke Keasbey

Stephen J. Skahen