Executive Leadership

Sam Lewis

Executive Director

Bikila Ochoa

Deputy Director

Christine Collins

Assistant Deputy Director


Nicholas Reiner

Director of Communications

Vivianne Henry

Communications Associate

Member Services

Blair James

Director of Programs

Angelica Martin

Associate Director of Workforce and Education

Norma Cumpian

Manager of Women and Non-Binary Services

Zeara Alvarez

Member Services Program Manager

Carlos Cervantes

Ride Home Program Manager

Chloe Cheney-Rice

Mental Health Therapist

Chloe Thomas

Applied Researcher

Harvey Knight

Senior Life Coach

Melissa Shumsky

Member Engagement Manager

Dion Thompson

Life Coach

Pamela Thompson

Life Coach

Robert Chavez

Life Coach

Justin Cole

TAY Life Coach

Donnie McCleary

Pre-Apprentice Life Coach


Rachel Chung

Associate 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

Operations Manager

Tony Dennis

Operations Assistant

Tommy Morris

Executive Assistant


John McClelland

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

Steven Groves

Life Coach - VTC

Bromont Housing


Program Coordinator

Michael Hawk

Life Coach

Taylor Quinn

Life Coach

Joel Aguilar

Resident Advisor

Magnolia Housing

Lili Herrera

Associate Director of Housing

Sofia Teodoro

Program Coordinator


Life Coach

William Lopez

Life Coach/ Driver

Cory Pepper

Resident Advisor

Inside Programs

Jacob Brevard

Associate Director of Inside Programs

Cesar Zuniga

Lead Hope and Redemption Team

Joseph Osorio

Hope and Redemption Team

David Amaya

Hope and Redemption Team

J’Mel Carter

Hope and Redemption Team

Eugene Ballance

Hope and Redemption Team


DJJ Hope and Redemption Team

Mark Taylor

Hope and Redemption Team

Policy Advocacy

Esteban Nunez

Policy Director

Michael Mendoza

National Policy Director

Kent Mendoza

Policy Manager

Miguel Garcia

Policy Coordinator

Celina Chapin

Policy Associate

Josh Pynoos

Policy Associate


Josef Gray

Sacramento Director

Ellen Goldwasser

Clinical Supervisor Sacramento

Carmen Meeks

Vocational & Educational Coordinator

Aldo Romero

Life Coach

Raeshone Holmes

Life Coach

Rodney Bryant

DJJ Hope and Redemption Team

Efrain Padilla

DJJ Hope and Redemption Team

Ricardo London

Office Assistant

Juan Rivera

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

Brent Bolthouse

Bolthouse Productions/The Bungalow

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

Paul Blavin

Social Entrepreneur

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

Advisory Board

James Anderson

Hacedor, The Yerba Mate Co.

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