Malibu Library Speaker Series

david ambroz

  • Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 PM at the Malibu Library
  • RSVP Required

Ambroz HeadshotThere are millions of homeless children in America today, and in A Place Called Home: A Memoir, award-winning child welfare advocate David Ambroz writes about growing up homeless in New York for 11 years and his subsequent years in foster care, offering a window into what so many kids living in poverty experience every day.

David Ambroz is a national poverty and child welfare expert and advocate. President Obama recognized him as an American Champion of Change. He is the Head of Community Engagement (West) for Amazon. Previously, he led Corporate Social Responsibility for Walt Disney Television and served as president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission and as a California Child Welfare Councilmember. After growing up homeless and then in foster care, he graduated from Vassar and later from UCLA School of Law. He is a foster dad and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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about the Series

Since 2013, the Malibu Library Speaker Series, a program of the Malibu Library, part of LA County Library, and the City of Malibu, has featured experts, authors, and other notable figures discussing a wide range of subjects, including the entertainment industry, literature, science, motivation, the arts, education, sports, travel, food, and the environment.

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Past Notable Speakers

  • Bestselling author David Grann
  • Bestselling author Susan Orlean
  • Bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates
  • Bestselling author Eric Schlosser
  • Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey
  • Former Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti
  • Abduction survivor and author Elizabeth Smart
  • Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey
  • Medical cannabis expert and author Michael Backes
  • David Garibaldi, radical performance painter
  • Tom Shadyac, prolific comedy writer and director
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, author of best-selling novel, "Eat, Pray, Love"
  • Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and former NBA star
  • Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef and best-selling author
  • Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of "The Glass Castle"
  • Climate change champion and author Bill McKibben
  • Astrophysicist Jessie Christiansen
  • Rocket Scientist Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson