Chief Communications Officer
"My career background in journalism, communications and urban planning have one thread in common: a pursuit for justice and a commitment to highlighting the needs of underserved and unheard communities. I am honored to be part of a legacy organization that is synonymous with social justice and advocacy in Los Angeles."
Lys Mendez is a communications professional with expertise in public policy, ethnic media and community outreach. Most recently, Lys worked as communications consultant with clients such as The California Endowment, Parks Now Coalition, and Community Coalition.
Lys also worked as an urban planning consultant for the City of Los Angeles to launch the Plan for a Healthy LA, which provided public health guidelines for the city’s future growth and development. She also worked for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, for the County of Riverside and as a newspaper reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise. Lys attended UC Santa Cruz for undergraduate studies and has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.