I came to Los Angeles in 1994 and my kids attended local schools. I have seen many people leave mainly due to safety concerns, problems with neighborhood schools, and the lack of concrete supports. I was attracted to MCI because of the vision expressed in the hope and dream statement. If we as a network work hard and achieve the long-term goals, the children, families and the community as a whole will have a better future. The community belongs to the residents who live in it; they are context experts and should be agents of change. I work to support them and to give them platforms to use their voices to drive community change.
I’ve lived and worked in Los Angeles all my life. I see its beauty and its tears. My professional journey began in the 1980s working at Halliburton. This was the era of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and a new technological world. I was recruited into Management Information Systems (MIS) and through their employee educational programs, in time I learned and became an Applications Developer. From there I hopped over to the Non-profit sector determined to bring what I know to the effort of a better world. Over the years I was able to fuse my developer and analytical talents together which has helped me greatly.
I joined MCI after being part of the Adoption Promotion and Support Services (APSS) Program within Children's Bureau’s Foster Care & Adoptions Department. The MCI hope and dream statement resonated with me and I was drawn to the idea of being able to improve the well-being of a community as a whole not just one family at a time. I was born and raised in south Los Angeles and attended schools both within and right outside the borders of the MCI catchment area. I have experienced firsthand both the challenges and benefits of this community and strive to help make positive changes for all who visit, work and live in this community.
I believe my experience in community work with Best Start can be leveraged and applicable to MCI network. Additionally, I am thrilled to join a network of committed organizations, staff and residents who believe change is possible and are taking action so that families and communities thrive. As a native Angelino I am invested in making positive change, especially in areas like MCI’s focus, which have historically experienced inequities.