Accelerator Cohort

SVPLA is thrilled to announce our 2018 - 2019 cohort of Systems Change Accelerator nonprofit leaders! These leaders are tackling systemic issues -  affordable housing supply shortage, disability rights, renter's rights in Boyle Heights, the foster care system, workforce development for youth experiencing housing instability, and resident-led economic justice initiatives in Wilmington. Learn more about them below.

See the 2017 Accelerator Co-hort here

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Angela LoBue, COO– Coalition for Responsible Community Development

As the lead agency for the Youth CES in South LA, CRCD brings resources to underserved youth in South LA including workforce development and education programs, housing, and opportunities to lead in their own neighborhoods. CRCD has connected 2,950+ young people with diplomas, jobs, and housing, and manages a combined investment of $103 million in South LA real estate with their partners.

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Marisa Hamamoto, Founder, CEO & Artistic Director – Infinite Flow

Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company, uses dance as a vehicle to eliminate the stigma and inequality associated with disability and create a more inclusive society where people of all abilities are included.

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Jennifer Maldonado, Community Planning Justice Organizer- Inner City Struggle

Inner City Struggle strives to build a powerful and an influential movement of youth and families on the Eastside of Los Angeles to promote healthy, safe and nonviolent communities. ICS are addressing displacement of renters in the Eastside of Los Angeles by bridging information services and policy driven advocacy. 

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Jesse Aguiar, Director ‘Beyond Foster Care’ – Journey House

Created and driven by former foster youth, Beyond Foster Care seeks to improve the life-long trajectory of former foster youth in California through advocacy. Building on Journey House’s long standing commitment to support foster youth in education, the campaign is focused on creating statewide solutions to improve education outcomes for all former foster youth.

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Elizabeth Timme & Helen Leung, Co-Executive Directors - LA-Más

LA-Más is a non-profit urban design organization with a mission to help lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. We envision a world where city growth is equitable and self-directed — where the best local solutions are brought to a city-wide scale.  

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Liza Rivera, Director of Innovative Economic Initiatives- SBCC, Thrive LA

SBCC’s Innovative Economic Initiatives (IEI) impact area co-creates financial opportunities with low-income and immigrant community members. Taking a strengths and asset-based approach,  IEI  promotes residents’ marketable skills, talents and assets that can be leveraged to increase their household income and economic stability.