About Pasadena Beautiful Foundation
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization located in Pasadena, California entirely staffed by volunteers.
Pasadena Beautiful Foundation was founded in 1960 based on the
belief that residents can make a difference in their community. Today, that difference continues through the dedicated efforts of volunteers who are committed to making Pasadena a better place to live and determined to leave a positive environmental impact.
We preserve and protect the Street Tree Canopy. We fund and revitalize public gardens for the public to enjoy in an increasingly urban landscape. We celebrate the efforts of others who plant their own beautiful gardens for us to appreciate through an annual award program for individuals, businesses and organizations. We promote better understanding of how important our natural environment is to our quality of life through all these efforts.
Brad Hanson grew up in Hillsborough, CA, and went to The Thacher School in Ojai, CA, for high school.
His undergraduate degree was a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Literature at UC Berkeley. He received his M.B.A. from UC Los Angeles.
Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Brad went to work for what became Franklin Templeton Investments. During his professional career at Franklin Templeton he became a Senior Vice President and National Director of Sales for the Separate Account Division.
He has been involved in several non-profit organizations including board member of Hillsides School for Children, The Thacher School, The USC Pacific Asia Museum, The Aids Service Center, and The Pasadena Beautiful Foundation.
Suzi Miller was born in Salt Lake City, moved to San Francisco, worked for Xerox Corp, moved to L.A. Became a board member at the Arboretum, Pasadena Humane Society was another interest along with other gardening groups in Pasadena.
John Poer was born in Los Angeles. Raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Came to California after high school and attended Claremont McKenna College. Became a manufacturer of women’s and girl’s sportswear in Los Angeles, and then spent fourteen years in residential real estate in the San Gabriel Valley. Former board member and board chairman of Hillsides Home in Pasadena. Currently a board member of “Youth Moving On”, a part of Hillsides. Board member of Pasadena Beautiful Foundation for the past thirteen years, and currently serving as treasurer.
A fifth generation Californian, Pat grew up in Los Angeles, where she received gardening genes from her father and her grandmothers. After graduating from the University of Denver, she embarked on a career in travel for the next 38 years. She has explored the four corners of the earth, including All seven continents. She is a lifelong Francophile and history buff. After retiring from corporate travel she eagerly joined Pasadena Beautiful and is the Secretary. She is a regular at Wednesday Weeders as well as active in various projects.
Immediate Past President
Chuck Livingstone grew up in San Marino, CA and attended San Marino schools through High School. His undergraduate degree was a dual degree(s) BA/BS in Economics and Psychology at California Western University. He received Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1964-1965 for outstanding academics and extracurricular activities. He received his MBA from University of Colorado in Bank Management.
Upon graduating, he went to work for Bank of America, which became a 30-year banking career, not always with the same bank, however.
He has been involved in several non-profit organizations including Pasadena Museum of History, President of Madison Heights Neighborhood Association, The Aids Service Center, President of the Pasadena Wine & Food Society, and President of Pasadena Beautiful Foundation.
Brooke Larsen Garlock is a Past President and over 12-year board member of PBF. Growing up in Pasadena, Mrs. Garlock attended Polytechnic and graduated from the Westridge School for Girls. After graduation from Mills College, majoring in History and Art History, Brooke returned to attend graduate school at USC. Her career in historical research, fundraising and nonprofit management included Executive positions at the Pasadena Oral History Project, the Pasadena Historical Society, and the California Arboretum Foundation. Her 40 plus years of service on community boards include: Westridge School, the Junior League of Pasadena, CHLA and Planned Parenthood. Her love of gardens began with childhood visits to Singer Park and the Huntington Library.
Susan grew up in San Francisco. Attended the Santa Catalina School, in Monterey and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She worked in the insurance industry in San Francisco, before moving to Pasadena in 1984. Susan has taught literacy programs, been active in many local school and service organizations, and served on boards of directors for several nonprofits. She has an extensive background in communication, fundraising, volunteering, and community outreach. In addition to her work with Pasadena Beautiful, she is committed to exploring solutions for housing and homelessness.
Become A Member
We are a volunteer organization both in our leadership and our services. Everyone who is interested in making the City of Pasadena a better place to live and work through enhancement of the urban forest and streetscapes is welcome to join.