Who We Are


LA Voice is a multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that awakens people to their own power, training them to speak, act, and work together to transform our County into one that reflects the dignity of all people.

We believe all people have power and a voice. Every day we amplify that power by uniting diverse faith voices to stand-up for what their communities need, winning changes that improve the lives of all Angelenos.

LA Voice 2020 Annual Report


We are made up of 57 diverse churches, synagogues, and mosques representing more than 40,000 families in Los Angeles County. Together we are leading some of the most important fights for justice and equity in the region.


Beit T’Shuvah, Los Angeles
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Los Angeles
Dolores Mission, Los Angeles
First United Methodist Church of Inglewood
Gardena Genesis Community Church, Gardena
Greater Zion Church Family, Compton
Holy Faith Episcopal Church, Inglewood
Homeboy Industries, LA County
Iglesia Santa Teresita, Los Angeles
IKAR, Los Angeles
ILM Foundation, Los Angeles
Islah LA, Los Angeles
LALMA, La Asociación Latina Musulmana de América
Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles
McCarty Memorial Christian Church, Los Angeles
New City Church, Los Angeles
Or Ami, Calabasas
Pasadena Mennonite Church, Pasadena
Resurrection Church, Los Angeles
St. Agatha Catholic Church, Los Angeles
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Baldwin Park
St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Hollywood
Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles


St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Los Angeles
Inglewood Community Church, Inglewood
Culver City Presbyterian Church, Culver City
Assumption Catholic Church, Los Angeles
La Soledad Catholic Church, Los Angeles
First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood
New City Church, Los Angeles
Valley Beth Shalom, San Fernando Valley
Baldwin Park United Methodist Church, Baldwin Park
City of Refuge, Bishop Noel Jones Ministries, Gardena
Masjid Bilal, Los Angeles
St. Laurence Brindisi Catholic Church, Los Angeles
St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Los Angeles
Rose City Church, Pasadena
La Victoria Church, Los Angeles
B’nai David Judea, Los Angeles
All Saints Pasadena, Pasadena
Lake Avenue Church Foundation, Pasadena
Fuller Seminary, Pasadena (student organizing committee)
Biola University, Orange and LA County (student organizing committee)
New Abbey Church, Pasadena
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles
Primera Bautista de Maywood
Chosen Generation, Watts, Los Angeles
Masjid Omar, Long Beach
Our Lady of Guadalupe Rose Hill
Macedonia Baptist Church, Los Angeles
Greater Zion Church Family, Compton
San Gabriel Valley congregations assisting neighbors Network
Temple City UMC

Board of Directors

Umar Hakim (Chair) 

Umar Hakim is the Executive Director of the ILM Foundation and a member of Masjid Ibaadillah. In addition to organizing with LA Voice, he is an active alumnus of USC’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and NewGround Muslim- Jewish Partnership for Change. He is currently serving as executive director of the ILM Foundation.

Francisco Flores

Francisco Flores attends Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hollywood. He is an art and design specialist and has been involved with LA Voice for over seven years. He is a Salvadoran immigrant.

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro is Dean’s Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California. Her recent collaborative work includes service on the Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation and work with both Hispanas Organized for Political Empowerment (HOPE) and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI). She sits on two boards: Community Partners and LAAAWPPI. Today Dr. Hancock Alfaro is also the Founder of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation.

Manjusha Kulkarni

Manjusha P. Kulkarni (Manju) is the Executive Director of Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), a coalition of forty community-based organizations that serve and represent the 1.5 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County.  Manju also serves as a Lecturer in the Asian American Studies Department of UCLA, teaching “Ethnic, Cultural and Gender Issues in America’s Health Care Systems” and “South Asian American Communities.”  Manju was recently appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve on the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program Advisory Committee.

Scott Minkow

Scott Minkow received his BA at Stanford University and spent several years working in Northern California. Scott then returned to L.A. for graduate studies at USC and Hebrew Union College. Since then, he has worked for most of his professional career within local and national Jewish organizations, focusing on development, programming, innovation, and grant-making. What inspires him most is building community and strengthening connections.

Daria Nunez, Dolores Mission (In Memoriam) 

Daria Nuñez attends Dolores Mission Church and has been involved with LA Voice as a leader for more than seven years. Ms. Nuñez is also a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). She is an immigrant from Mexico.

Faith in Action


Ebani Abram

Civic Engagement Organizer

Ebani Abram is new to the nonprofit sector, but (under the leadership of Tim Kornegay) has successfully led and participated in multiple voter engagement phone banks through LA Voice since 2017.

Her first voter education experience was working as a canvasser for the Voter 2000 project, led by Mark Ridley Thomas’ office.

As a file clerk & legal assistant for The Cochran Firm, she honed administrative skills and a passionate interest in helping end police brutality & misconduct.  She is also an advocate for the rights of the formerly incarcerated, as well as, criminal justice reform.

Ebani was a special education assistant for LAUSD for many years, and believes that quality public education is a basic human right.

One of her favorite quotes is, “An injury to one is an injury to all.” – Ms. Angela Davis.  She naturally has a heart for humanity.

Rev. Eddie Anderson

South LA Regional Community Organizer

Rev. Eddie Anderson is a graduate of Morehouse College and Claremont School of Theology.

He currently serves as the Senior Pastor at McCarty Memorial Christian Church in Los Angeles where his primary task has been calling forth a new moral imagination by working for the dignity, justice and love for those with their backs against the wall of oppression through lending his voice and body to the movement for Black Lives and various other activist efforts in Los Angeles.

Melanie Baker

Operations Assistant

Melanie is the Operations Assistant for LA Voice. She brings the experience of working in the administrative department for two large churches, one in Texas and one in Chicago, as well as working in operations for a Retreat and Conference Center. 

Melanie and her family moved from Texas to Pasadena in 2021 to be part of Missiongathering Pasadena, a Disciples of Christ Church that is progressive and inclusive. 

Melanie is also working towards her Masters degree in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University, and intends to focus her studies on Feminist Theology and Spiritual Formation. She is passionate about faith which is active and focused on justice for all.

Rachel Bishop

Development and Operations Director

Rachel Bishop is the Development and Operations Director for LA Voice. She came to Los Angeles from Brooklyn to join the LA Voice staff in June 2015.

She previously served as Development Director for United Community Centers, a social justice oriented community center in East New York, Brooklyn.

Prior to that, she spent five years with the League of Young Voters in a number of roles ranging from Operations Assistant to National Programs Director.

She has a B.A. in Political Science from New York University. In her free time, she likes to make music, cook food, and take naps.

Yvonne Figueroa

Lead Community Organizer

Yvonne Figueroa was exposed to community organizing while attending California State University Long Beach.

After graduating, she worked on various political and community campaigns before joining the labor movement in the long term care industry.

On her off time, she leads communications for her church in Lancaster.

She loves hiking, camping, reading, live music, eating, and is open to all kinds of new experiences!

Rev. Zach Hoover

Executive Director

Zachary Hoover is the Executive Director of LA Voice and is in his thirteenth year with Faith in Action (formerly PICO Nat’l Network).

He holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard  and is ordained in the American Baptist Church.

Zach first learned organizing from Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico. Since joining LA Voice, he has led organizing campaigns that have dismantled unfair car impound policies targeting immigrants, increased access to groceries in food deserts, increased public accountability for reinvestment by major financial institutions, increased voter participation in communities of color, removed obstacles to employment for formerly incarcerated Angelenos, and bridged gaps between communities divided by race, class and geography.

Rabbi Jocee Hudson

Clergy and Formation Lead

Rabbi Jocee Hudson joined LA Voice as the Clergy and Formation Lead in July 2021.

Jocee received rabbinic ordination, as well as Masters in Hebrew Letters and Jewish Education, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University.

Prior to joining LA Voice, she was an Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood.

Jocee and her partner Rook are the proud parents of Sela, Max, and Solomon, who fill their lives with so much love.

Sarah Jawaid

Director of Special Projects

Sarah Jawaid is an organizer and certified leadership coach that has been with LA Voice for 5 years.

She previously worked on criminal justice reform issues, particuarly with black and latino Muslims in South Los Angeles.

Janice Johannsen

Development Manager

Janice is responsible for managing the day-to-day functions of the Development Team as well as providing fundraising strategies to increase and sustain funding. In this newly created position, she will be responsible for grants management, individual donor campaigns and events, and donor stewardship and cultivation.

Janice made a career transition from being a corporate trademark paralegal to fundraising when she realized that she is most passionate about work that transforms lives and creates opportunities. Her first introduction to nonprofit work was when she started fundraising efforts to send children-in-need to school in the Philippines. She has also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Step Up Savannah (Georgia) and has worked at other nonprofits such as Advancement Project California and Southern California Public Radio.

Janice is a proud wife and mother to two adorable rescue dogs. She loves to travel and her dream destinations tend to be the more exotic. When she can’t go anywhere, she experiments with her Instant Pot.

Velvet Magallon Nestlehutt

Operations Manager

Velvet Magallon joined our team as our first full-time Operations Assistant in September 2015.

Velvet holds a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.

Her prior experience includes an administrative internship with New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and a position as Administrative Support Assistant at California State University Los Angeles.

Dawn Modkins

Lead Community Organizer

Lead Community Organizer

Tina McKinnor

Civic Engagement Director

Ms. McKinnor currently serves as the Director of Civic Engagement for LA Voice. 

Ms. McKinnor currently serves as President of The McKinnor Group. Her company provides political treasury, campaign finance compliance, routine audits and bookkeeping for candidates, PACs and nonprofits. She also provides campaign management to candidates and independent expenditures. 

Ms. McKinnor’s prior experience includes, Operations Director for the California Democratic Party, District Director for Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Political Treasurer for the Kaufman Legal Group, and Auditor at Los Angeles County Office of Education. 

Angel Mortel

Lead Community Organizer

Angel Mortel is an organizer with LA Voice.  She spent over 15 years in Brazil, serving most of those years with Maryknoll Lay Missioners.  Her ministry involved organizing community health volunteers, coordinating an income generation project for women and fundraising for the national prison ministry of the Brazilian Catholic Church.  Her passion for social justice grew out of her experiences in Brazil, but also from living and teaching in inner city Washington, DC and working with Bread for the World and Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Most recently, she managed the faith community outreach program at Brave New Films.  Angel has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Third World Studies from Oberlin College and a Master of Arts in International Development from American University.

Pastor John Oh

Project Manager for Faith in Housing

Pastor John Oh is the Project Manager for Faith in Housing. His role is to facilitate the building of affordable and permanent supportive housing on congregation and denomination-owned land. He comes from over fifteen years of parish ministry in LA County and has “the soul of an organizer” stemming from his Wesleyan roots of social justice and spirituality. He is passionate about reducing environmental impact and designing greener buildings as a LEED AP with a background in construction engineering and management. John has a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jordan Salviati

Executive Assistant

Jordan Salviati joined LA Voice in March 2020 as an Executive Assistant.

Jordan holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Richmond the American
International University in London and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media
Studies from Azusa Pacific University.
Before joining LA Voice, she was a talent acquisition coordinator and recruiter for a staffing
agency in Orange County, California. Her passion for social justice and human rights, however,
began when she worked at the Center for Reconciliation and Diversity in college. During her
time there, she created and facilitated a college workshop for first-generation high school
students from inner-city Los Angeles.

Some of her prior volunteer experience includes facilitating workshops for immigrant and
refugee women at the Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment Group in London and working with the
social outreach program Ethembeni, located in South Africa.

In her free time, you can find Jordan at the movie theatre or watching Netflix, traveling to new
places and dancing.

Beatriz Sandoval

Community Organizer

Community Organizer

Aliyah Shaikh

Community Organizer

Community Organizer

John Vigna

Senior Communications Manager

Senior Communications Manager

Andrea Vocos

Community Organizer

Andrea is an organizer with LA Voice. Born and raised in Orange
County, she began organizing in high school, working on climate change, poverty, and LGBTQI+ campaigns. She credits growing up in a low-income immigrant household with her early political awakening.

Andrea has a B.A. in journalism from The New School. She was
previously an organizing committee member, Spanish language outreach
coordinator, and Events Committee co-leader for the North Brooklyn chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Prior to that, she
organized with Oxfam for almost a decade in both California and New York.

Joe Strummer once said, “Without people, you’re nothing,” which Andrea follows as her personal ethos. Another world is possible.