"When I was 14, teaching Vacation Bible School in a public housing project in St. Louis, I became outraged at the poverty and isolation of the children, and committed myself right then to make a difference in the world."
Michele joined Liberty’s Hill’s Community Funding Board in 1982, became Director in 1989, and transitioned to special projects in 1998. Michele holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and has served as a senior fellow to the UCLA School of Public Affairs since 2007. She serves on the boards of GREEN LA Coalition and the Venice Community Housing Corporation.Facebook
"Growing up in Los Angeles cleaning houses on the weekend with my mother exposed me to privilege and inequity. As I later navigated my way through higher education I realized the problem was institutional. This shed light on my path to organize in the community where I grew up." Evelin's 10-year organizing background is rooted in the MacArthur Park/Westlake area, a gateway community for immigrants. Before joining Liberty Hill, Evelin served as director of community organizing, co-director and interim executive director of Collective SPACE, where she led community building efforts with area leaders. Evelin holds a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College.
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"I grew up in Montgomery and my parents won a discrimination lawsuit against University of Alabama. The university had rejected my mom from the residency program because she was a foreign medical graduate. This proved to me that everyone can fight against injustice."
Before joining Liberty Hill in 2009, Preeti worked at Connections For Children as their fiscal director for 9 years. She serves on the Board of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) and Center for the Pacific Asian Family(CPAF). Preeti holds a B.S. from Duke University and an M.A. in Accounting from University of Southern California.Facebook
"When I began to look for a college to attend, I realized that everyone should be entitled to equal opportunities despite any circumstances they may have lived under or gone through in the past. That’s why I joined Liberty Hill." Esmeralda joined Liberty Hill in 2009. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Managerial Accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
"When I think of my grandfather and the hardships he dealt with to better himself and the generations after him, I realize there is still a great deal of work to be done. Racial discrimination is still relevant, as is homophobia and prejudice against so many communities." Bryce has volunteered for many organizations that empower people of color. Currently, he is studying business finance at Santa Monica College.
"As a tutor and mentor to at-risk teens in the San Fernando Valley, I saw first-hand how inadequately we are preparing young people to become active and responsible citizens. I am dedicated to improving the education and political literacy of our students." Sean studied Psychology and Philosophy at UC Santa Barbara, and graduated from Cal State Northridge with a B.A. in Sociology, specializing in Criminology and Criminal Justice.