Person

Lauren Bon

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Foundation Executive and Political Donor

Lauren Bon is an Annenberg family member and self-styled “environmental artist.” [1] Along with her brothers Gregory and Charles Annenberg, she is an heir to the Annenberg family fortune and vice president of the Annenberg Foundation. [2] The foundation, with $1.4 billion in assets, was the 50th largest foundation in the United States as of 2018. [3]

Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Family Foundation is a left-of-center grantmaking organization that has supported environmentalist organizations, animal liberation groups, and organizations that engage in race-focused social policy. [4] In 2019, the Annenberg Foundation paid Lauren Bon $75,898 in compensation and $38,457 in benefits. [5]

Early Life

Lauren Bon was born in 1962 in New Haven, Connecticut. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [6]

In 2004, Lauren Bon contributed $2,000 to the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). [7]

Art Projects

In 2005 Lauren Bon undertook a $3 million art project that transformed 32 acres of brownfield land in downtown Los Angeles into a cornfield, [8] which served as a “living sculpture.” [9]

The cornfield operated for one agricultural cycle, [10] and was funded by the Annenberg Foundation. [11]

References

  1. “Lauren Bon.” laurenbon.art https://laurenbon.art/ ^
  2. “Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION.”  Los Angeles Business Journal. October 28, 2019. Accessed March 1, 2022. https://labusinessjournal.com/advertorials/most-influential-family-owned-businesses-2019-anne/ ^
  3. “The largest foundations.” Pensions & Investments. November 12, 2018. Accessed March 1, 2022. https://www.pionline.com/article/20181112/ONLINE/181109876/the-largest-foundations ^
  4. Annenberg Foundation. Return of a Private Foundation (Form 990-PF). 2019. Part XV, line 3. ^
  5. Annenberg Foundation. Return of a Private Foundation (Form 990-PF). 2019. Part VIII, line 1.. ^
  6. “Lauren Bon.” Recontres-Arles. https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en/artistes/view/432/lauren-bon ^
  7. “Lauren Bon.” Federal Election Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=Lauren+Bon&contributor_employer=Annenberg ^
  8. Hernandez, Daniel. “‘Not a Cornfield’ Idea is Food for Thought.” Los Angeles Times. September 12, 2005. Accessed March 1, 2022. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2005-sep-12-me-corn12-story.html ^
  9. “Mission.” Notacornfield.com http://notacornfield.com/mission.html ^
  10. “Not a Cornfield.” Metabolic Studio. https://www.metabolicstudio.org/tags/not-a-cornfield ^
  11. Hernandez, Daniel. “‘Not a Cornfield’ Idea is Food for Thought.” Los Angeles Times. September 12, 2005. Accessed March 1, 2022. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2005-sep-12-me-corn12-story.html ^
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