Executive Leadership

Sam Lewis

Executive Director

Bikila Ochoa

Deputy Director

Christine Collins

Assistant Deputy Director


Nicholas Reiner

Director of Communications

Viviane Henry

Communications Associate

Member Services

Lili Herrera

Program Director

Angelica Martin

Associate Director of Workforce and Education

Norma Cumpian

Associate Director of Women and Non-Binary Services

Zeara Alvarez

Member Services Program Manager

Chloe Thomas

Applied Researcher

Harvey Knight

Senior Life Coach

Melissa Shumsky

Workforce and Education Coordinator

Dion Thompson

Life Coach

Pamela Thompson

Life Coach

Robert Chavez

Life Coach

Justin Cole

TAY Life Coach

Donnie McCleary

Pre-Apprentice Life Coach

Edward Izzo

Member Services Coordinator

Clinical and Wellness

Bahareh Lazemizadeh

Mental Health Therapist (Sacramento)

Chloe Cheney-Rice

Mental Health Therapist (LA)

Ellen Goldwasser

Clinical & Wellness Services Director


Mental Health Therapist Sacramento


Rachel Chung

Director of Development

Celine Nehme

Major Gifts Officer

Justin Cavin

Development Coordinator

Myles Flournoy

Grant Writer

Jillian Lyles

Grants & Contracts Admin


Laura Minzenberg

Director of Finance

Gladis Pantoja

Associate Director of Operations

Tony Dennis

Operations Assistant

Tommy Morris

Executive Assistant


John McClelland

Director of Housing

Christopher Espinoza

Associate Director of Housing

Michelle Garcia

Program Coordinator - Ventura Training Center (VTC)

Elizabeth Bay

Job Developer - VTC

Jose Olmedo

Life Coach - VTC

Jon Cesario

Life Coach - VTC

Jose Perez

Life Coach - VTC

Freddy Cardenas

Monitor - VTC


Life Coach - VTC

Bromont Housing

Michael Hawk

Program Coordinator

Francisco Hernandez

Life Coach

Taylor Quinn

Life Coach

Mike Caputo

Resident Advisor

Magnolia Housing

Ray Pina

Resident Advisor

Sofia Teodoro

Program Coordinator

William Lopez

Life Coach/ Driver

Kenzo Sohoue

Resident Advisor


Life Coach

Inside Programs

Jacob Brevard

Associate Director of Inside Programs

Carlos Cervantes

Ride Home Program Manager

Cesar Zuniga

Lead Hope and Redemption Team

David Amaya

Hope and Redemption Team

J’Mel Carter

Hope and Redemption Team

Joseph Osorio

Hope and Redemption Team

Robert Porter

Hope and Redemption Team

Mark Taylor

Hope and Redemption Team

Dominique Tanks

Hope and Redemption Team

Policy Advocacy

Esteban Nunez

Policy Director

Michael Mendoza

National Advocacy Director

Kent Mendoza

Advocacy & Community Organizing Manager

Miguel Garcia

Advocacy Coordinator

Celina Chapin

Public Policy Associate

Josh Pynoos

Public Policy Associate


Josef Gray

Sacramento Director

Carmen Meeks

Workforce and Education Coordinator

Tommy DeLuna

Life Coach

Raeshone Holmes

Life Coach

Rodney Bryant

DJJ Hope and Redemption Team

Efrain Padilla

DJJ Hope and Redemption Team

Ricardo London

Life Coach


Yolo Life Coach

Board of Directors

Charity Chandler-Cole


Director of Contracts Administration, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Jerome Dixon


Project Manager, Raw Development Construction

Adam Gunther



Esché L. Jackson


Public Policy Advocate

Scott Budnick

Vice Chair

Founder, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, CEO, 1Community

Carol Biondi

Commissioner, Los Angeles County Commission for Children & Families

Paul Blavin

Social Entrepreneur

Brent Bolthouse

Bolthouse Productions/The Bungalow

Mara Burros Sandler

Co-Founder, Janet Burros Memorial Foundation

Elizabeth Calvin

Senior Advocate, Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Dede Gardner

President, Plan B Entertainment

Michael Goldstein

Attorney, Goldstein Law Group; Past President, Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Association

Kristen Ingram

CEO & Executive Producer

PLUS ONE Society

Ron Kaye

Attorney, Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt, LLP

David Muhammad

National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

Jason Post

Founder and President, Post Investment Group

Mike Romano

Director, Stanford Law School Three Strikes Project

Todd Rubenstein

Lawyer, Morris Yorn

Javier Stauring

Director, Healing Justice Coalition

Tim Storey

Speaker, Author, Life Coach

Prophet Walker

Co-Founder and CEO


George Wells


Wells Group of New York

Advisory Board

James Anderson

Director of Social Impact, Guayaki Yerba Mate

Aaron Bergman

Director of Corporate Sponsorships, Communities in Schools Los Angeles

Kafi Blumenfield

Executive Director, Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Mike Brady

President/CEO, Professional Training Institute, Inc.

Rep. Tony Cardenas

United States Congressman for California’s 29th District


Recording Artist

Zach Galifianakis

Actor & Comedian

Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor & Activist

Hon. Eric Harmon

Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

Hill Harper

Actor, Author & Philanthropist

Jonah Hill

Actor & Comedian

B. Wayne Hughes Jr.

Founder, Serving California

Nasir “Nas” Jones

Recording Artist

Bruce Karatz

Owner, BK Capital LLC

Eric Kessler

Arabella Advisors

Ben Lear


Greg Propper

Co-Founder, Propper Daley

Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D.

United States Congressman for California’s 36th District

Mike Tollin

Film & Television Producer

Anthony Williams

Director of Government Relations