Board of Directors

 

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Mandy Breuer, a principal with Larchmont Charter School in Los Angeles, is known for crafting the highest quality of learning spaces, building the whole student—academically, socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Breuer mentors new teachers, greens physical campuses, counsels students, designs family outreach workshops, creates student leadership programs and develops top-notch college and career programming. Before her journey into public education, Breuer spent her time in marketing with FOX Broadcasting Company.

After receiving her B.A. in Public Relations from Texas Tech University and her M.A. in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, Breuer began her quest to bring environmental justice to the context of public education. Outside of Larchmont Charter, Breuer works closely with a vast array of environmental justice advocates, the Pacific Crest Trail Association and Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education. Breuer also enjoys music festivals, playing the guitar in a garage band and backpacking in State and National Parks.

Nadia Gonzalez is Communications Manager for Time Warner Cable Sports where she leads media relations, government relations and community outreach for Time Warner Cable Deportes, the new Spanish-language home of the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, LA Sparks and the CIF.  Prior to joining TWC Deportes, Gonzalez managed community outreach for Club Deportivo Chivas USA and prior to that, she served as communications manager at the Partnership for LA Schools under the direction of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  Early on in her career, Gonzalez served as Spanish-language media specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, a position she held prior to her start in the field of communications with Univision’s flagship Spanish-language news station, KMEX 34 Los Angeles.

Outside of her career, Gonzalez is committed to a number of causes that include PADRES Contra El Cancer and Donate California.  She is a firm supporter of environmental awareness and the need for green spaces in inner-city communities.  Gonzalez holds Bachelors Liberal Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University.  She enjoys running half-marathons, spending time with her family, travelling, reading and live sports and music events.

Yancey Quinones is the successful owner of Antigua Coffeehouse and Roasting company in Cypress Park and El Sereno. He is a social activist and proud community organizer who lead a community campaign to persuade the L.A City Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUM) to remodel a local supermarket into a concept communal market place. He also created the first underground tunnel art gallery in the city of Los Angeles, by converting a 1925 pedestrian walk way relic into a flourishing tunnel art walk in Cypress Park.

His goals are to encourage and develop local youth into young progressive social entrepreneurs to help structure community businesses in order to eliminate blight and to enhance the quality of life in L.A. His deepest mission is to train, educate, and supply jobs for his notable trade along with community ownership. Quinones graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a BA in Social Economics with an emphasis in Business.

Julia Vázquez is Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law at Southwestern Law School. Her work includes direct representation of low income U visa and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status clients, supervision of law students in the Immigration Law Clinic. She is dedicated both professionally and personally to social justice and issues of equity for underrepresented communities. She also member of the Executive Board of the National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles Chapter, a bar association which values human rights over property rights. Prior to earning her law degree, Julia earned her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in critical pedagogy from UCLA. She worked for several years as a Bilingual Urban Educator and Dual Language Coordinator in South Central Los Angeles. As an educator she helped spearhead a coalition of students, parents and educators dedicated to student language rights in LAUSD.  Julia is most proud that her life experiences as the daughter of working class immigrants continuously frame her dedication to social justice.

Will Wright is the Director of Government & Public Affairs for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  As the chief design advocate for AIA|LA, Wright cultivates awareness about the importance of design excellence in the built environment. In this role, he works with local government leaders, firm principals and other non-profits organizations on strategies to help make our urban system more equitable, healthier and more complete.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Business Federation and is a Public Member of the Board for the Los Angeles chapter of BOMA-PAC.  Wright has also served on the steering committee for Climate Plan.  Wright graduated from the Art Center College of Design with an MFA, and has a BFA from Southern Methodist University.

Peter Zellner is founding partner at Zellner Naecker Architects. Zellner has over 20 years of experience in building, urban design, interior architecture and exhibition design. He is a former Design Principal at the global design and engineering firm AECOM and has worked in the offices of Davis Brody Bond and Gensler. Between 2004 and 2014 he founded and directed ZELLNERPLUS, an award winning Los Angeles design studio. Zellner holds a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honors from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. He has held visiting professorships at UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California, Florida International University, the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Institut für Städtebau und Raumplanung (Institute for Urban Design and Urban Planning) at the Universität Innsbruck, Austria and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. He was the 2013 Ivan Smith Eminent Chair at the University of Florida, School of Architecture.