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Advisory Board

The Las Fotos Project Advisory Board is comprised of professionals and community leaders who provide oversight and support for agency staff and volunteer mentors. They offer the guidance necessary to develop strategic plans, strengthen programming, and build organizational capacity to ensure its sustainability for years to come. Interested in joining our Advisory Board? Please contact us at info@lasfotosproject.org

Emily Grijalva – Board Chair
Restorative Justice Coordinator, Mendez High School

The youngest daughter of Central American immigrants and a mother of two, Emily Grijalva has been an educator for 13 years. Currently, she is the Restorative Justice Coordinator in Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with an Education Studies Minor and an M.A. in Education with a Teaching Credential from UCLA. Emily received the United Way’s Inspirational Teacher award in 2014, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ Courageous Teacher award in 2017, and most recently, the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award. She is a UCLA Writing Project Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. Along with her position, Emily is a proud sponsor of her school’s Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and the board chair of Las Fotos Project, a non-profit that mentors teenage girls through photography.  Emily is passionate about restorative justice and prioritizing youth’s mental health and social-emotional growth.

Linda Vasquez – Board Co-Chair
Senior Director, Public Affairs, The Campaign for College Opportunity

Linda serves as the Senior Public Affairs Director for the Campaign for College Opportunity, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on shaping California’s higher education policy, where she leads the organization’s strategic implementation efforts of critical statewide student success policies on college access, affordability, completion, and equity. She has nearly fifteen years of experience in higher education and advocacy, with a record of building partnerships and forming alliances with cross-sector organizations to expand the educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation college students like herself. She is a proud alumni of the California Education Policy Fellowship program and the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute. She holds a Political Science B.A. from California State University, Fullerton, with minors in Spanish & Chicano/a Studies and an M.A. in Leadership, Policy, and Politics from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Remy De La Peza – Secretary
Founder and Principal, morena strategies

Rémy De La Peza is the Founder and Principal of morena strategies, a collaborative community-based lawyering and consulting practice supporting neighborhoods of color influence the policies and development decisions that impact them. Rémy has 15 years of experience in affordable housing; state and local land use, planning, and zoning policy; equitable community and economic development; and community-driven campaigns.

Over the years, Rémy has provided technical assistance to partner organizations across the country, coordinated and served as leadership to various coalitions, and been a member of the Boards of ACLU-Southern California Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, Las Fotos Project, and currently West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation and Inclusive Action for the City.

Rémy has a B.A. from the University of San Diego and J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Nancy Martinez
Manager, University Recruiting and Programs, Honey

Nancy Martinez is a Director of Talent at Honey, where she leads the University Recruiting and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs. She began her career in tech at Google over a decade ago. Since then Nancy has helped several leading technology companies, in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, scale their teams. 

Nancy is passionate about helping organizations build diverse teams. She takes pride in matching people with careers that will allow them to grow and fulfill their goals. When she’s not playing matchmaker, she enjoys traveling and learning everything there is to know about wine.

Nancy is a proud Los Angeles native. She currently resides in Lemeirt Park with her husband, dog, and two cats. She graduated with honors from UCLA with a BS in Psychology. Go, Bruins!

Melissa Hernandez
Project Manager, JCDecaux

Melissa Hernandez serves as the Lead Project Manager for JCDecaux and Outfront/ JCDecaux.  She is responsible for overseeing, planning and budgeting all projects for the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Vancouver.  Additionally, Melissa plays a leadership role in community outreach programs and government based programs and oversees transit, streetscape and beautification projects.  Melissa’s passion for a bottom’s up approach to her work is motivated by her love for the City she grew up in and her vision for a progressive forward-thinking City that provides its citizens effective and equitable services that improve the quality of life, the environment and puts the neighborhood first.

Melissa is a proud first-generation Latina with a B.A in Political Science and Healthcare Policy.  Prior to her work at JCDecaux, Melissa worked in Councilwoman Nury Martinez’s office, a local nonprofit and for LAUSD. In her spare time Melissa enjoys meeting new people through coffee, music, art and fashion.

Abby Tanori
Chief Marketing Officer, The Tanori Group

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Abby’s expertise ranges from public relations to video production, photography, and marketing. Abby has worked as an affiliate producer for Univision Network in Miami, FL,  a Communications Manager/Director for various Fortune 500 companies and served as a publicist to celebrities as well as a variety of large firms. She is the Chief Marketing Officer and lead photographer of The Tanori Group. Her current client list includes Hitachi, ARRI, ZOIC, Dell, Rolling Stone, and Buzzfeed to name a few. ​She also serves as part of the External Committee for Habitat for Humanity, Marketing Advisor for Sisters of Strength and annual volunteer for United Way “Youth Career Connections” initiative. 

Eva Vieyra Osmand
Content Marketing Manager, Kevin Barry Fine Art

Eva Vieyra Osmand is a born and raised Los Angeleno with a passion for education, communication, and the arts. She has spent the past decade working in nonprofits of all kinds, most recently focusing her career on developing curriculums, programming and communication strategies around the visual arts. Her personal heroes are Matilda Wormwood, Frida Kahlo, and anyone who can fold a fitted sheet. Her abuela says she can do anything.

Lisa Changadveja
Chief of Staff, Move On

Lisa Changadveja is currently Chief of Staff at a digital progressive advocacy organization. Previously, she was Vice President at Stand for Children, an education advocacy nonprofit. She has worked to elect over 200 state and local candidates and helped raised $1million for local candidates. In 2016, Lisa oversaw the strategic planning and decision-making for a statewide election program that included managing 215+ staffers across 50+ offices and managed a $8.3 million budget on behalf of 8 federal candidates. Lisa graduated with a degree in Political Science & History from Brenau Women’s College. In her free time, she can be found either tutoring kids experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles or building robotics competition sets for kids.

Zoila Darton
Founder, WORD Agency

Zoila Darton is a Panamanian-Jamaican Jew from NYC currently living in Los Angeles. She is a passionate innovator, skilled connector & creative director with 10+ years of success in the business of community building and marketing. She is the founder of WORD, an LA based creative agency committed to cultural storytelling & conceptual ideation that puts creativity at the forefront while supporting advancement for women & marginalized communities. She has created meaningful marketing campaigns and consumer experiences for brands like The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Red Bull, Foot Locker & Lululemon. In December of 2019, Zoila launched OurHouse.la – an editorial site created to support creative storytelling. She hopes to provide a platform for anyone who wants to use their voice.

Zoila’s most important title is “Mama” to her 2 1/2 year old, Dakota. She is committed to raising a kind & emotionally intelligent human and works daily to show Dakota what that looks like. In the in between moments, Zoila enjoys volunteering her time to support youth development, dancing like a maniac, tending to her growing plant familia, learning to surf and cooking a mean veggie ramen from scratch. Yes, even the broth!

PAST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Eric Hubbard, Development Director, Jovenes, Inc.

Laura Purdy, Sr. Media Producer, The Autry Museum

Mary McCloud, Consultant

Tina Kim, College Track

Laura Azzalina, Finance and Strategy Consultant

Rosalyn Escobar, L.A. County Arts Commission

Lila Burgos, Harder+Company

Cynthia Fuentes, Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil)

Sarah Taylor, All Set Concierge

Christie Cardenas, First 5 LA