Founder's Story — Sophie Alpert

Founder & Board Chair

Sophie Alpert is passionate about helping the underserved and has been involved in the non-profit sector most of her life.  She was the Development Director for Para Los Ninos, a non-profit day care center in Skid Row, before founding Piece by Piece, a social enterprise arts organization in 2007.  

Sophie has been recognized numerous times for her philanthropic work in the community. The Los Angeles Business Journal honored her as a “Woman Making a Difference.”  She was a recipient of the Women in Philanthropy Business Award from Comerica Bank’s Best of LA Women’s Business and has received commendations from the City of Los Angeles and The Links in Palos Verdes.  In 2013, Sophie was a recipient of the Unsung Heroes Award from the California Community Foundation.

In addition to her ongoing leadership of Piece by Piece, Sophie is involved with organizations helping to raise awareness and seek solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness, including Valley Beth Shalom Temple’s Homelessness Task Force and YPO.

She is currently on the board of the SAM Initiative, a women’s giving circle, which helps fund and support exceptional and innovative programs in Los Angeles that promote social change.  Sophie also volunteers with Bet Tzedek, which provides free legal services to help undocumented immigrant families and is a child advocate for refugee minors.

Sophie has 4 children and is the proud grandmother of 9.