Abby Haight Arnold

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Abby Haight Arnold is a community organizer and advocate for social justice. She works as a consultant to nonprofit social service agencies and local government, and has served on a wide variety of boards of directors, including the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Commission, the Coalition for Clean Air, and as President of the Santa Monica PONY Baseball League.

She is an organizational consultant, budget analyst and grant writer for nonprofit organizations and local government. As a long time community activist and twenty-one year resident of Ocean Park, Abby Arnold has extensive experience in community affairs, government and the nonprofit sector. Her professional experience includes positions as Executive Director of the Santa Monica AIDS Project, the Health Officers Association of California, and the Santa Monica Neighborhood Support Center. She has developed programs for youth, victims of domestic violence, and people living with HIV. During the Jerry Brown administration, she worked for the California Senate Committee on Local Government, and served as a consumer member of the California Board of Registered Nursing.

A widowed mother of teenagers, she lives in Santa Monica. [1]

Santa Monica DSA

In the early 1980's Abby Haight was a member of Santa Monica Democratic Socialists of America[2].

Los Angeles DSA

In the early 1980's Abby Haight was a leading member of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America[3].

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1986 Abby Haight was listed as the National Executive Committee contact for the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

"Westside Friends of Jackie Goldberg"

Signatories to a letter from Westside Friends of Jackie Goldberg, dated January 15, 1993 were;

Socialists organize to "challenge for power" in Los Angeles

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On March 11, 1998, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America leader Steve Tarzynski wrote an email to another Los Angeles DSA leader Harold Meyerson.

Tarzynski listed 25 people he thought should be on an "A-list" of "25 or so leaders/activists/intellectuals and/or "eminent persons" who would gather periodically to theorize/strategize about how to rebuild a progressive movement in our metropolitan area that could challenge for power."

Tarzynski listed himself, Harold Meyerson, Karen Bass, Sylvia Castillo, Gary Phillips, Joe Hicks, Richard Rothstein, Steve Cancian, Larry Frank, Torie Osborn, Rudy Acuna, Aris Anagnos, Abby Arnold, Carl Boggs, Blase Bonpane, Rick Brown, Stanley Sheinbaum, Alice Callahan, Jim Conn, Peter Dreier, Maria Elena Durazo, Miguel Contreras, Mike Davis, Bill Gallegos, Bob Gottlieb, Kent Wong, Russell Jacoby, Bong Hwan Kim, Paula Litt (and Barry Litt, with a question mark), Peter Olney, Derek Shearer, Clancy Sigal and Anthony Thigpenn.

Included in a suggested elected officials sub-group were Mark Ridley-Thomas, Gloria Romero, Jackie Goldberg, Gil Cedillo, Tom Hayden, Antonio Villaraigosa, Paul Rosenstein and Congressmen Xavier Becerra, Henry Waxman and Maxine Waters.

Tarzynski went on to write "I think we should limit the group to 25 max, otherwise group dynamics begins to break down....As i said, I would like this to take place in a nice place with good food and should properly be an all day event."


  1. Zoominfo bio, accessed January 15, 2011
  2. Santa Monica DSA membership list, undated Steve Tarzynski papers
  3. LA DSA membership list, undated Steve Tarzynski papers
  4. 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory