Who We Are

About

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.

Congregations

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.

MEMBERS
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Los Angeles
St. Agatha Catholic Church, Los Angeles
Dolores Mission, Los Angeles
St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Hollywood
Our Mother of Good Counsel, Los Angeles
IKAR, Los Angeles
Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Baldwin Park
Homeboy Industries, LA County
Masjid Ibaadillah, Los Angeles
Pasadena Mennonite Church, Pasadena
Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles
Islah LA, Los Angeles
One in Christ Bible Church, Los Angeles
Zion Hill Baptist Church, Los Angeles
Faith United Methodist Church, Los Angeles
LALMA, La Asociación Latina Musulmana de América
Iglesia Santa Teresita, Los Angeles
First Baptist Church of Los Angeles
Resurrection Church, Los Angeles
ILM Foundation, Los Angeles
Masjid al Taqwa, Pasadena
Beit T’Shuvah, Los Angeles
Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles
Holy Faith Episcopal Church, Inglewood
Or Ami, Calabasas
Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles

PARTNERS

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.

Brie Loskota

Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. She is co-founder and senior advisor to the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and implementing partner for the United State Institute of Peace’s Generation Change program where she trains emerging leaders committed to peace-building who from the Middle East, Africa and South America.

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

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

Staff

Ebani Abram

Operations Assistant

Ebani Abram is new to LA Voice staff, but (under the leadership of Tim Kornegay) has successfully led and participated in multiple 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.  She is currently working towards earning her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Learning.

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.

Marvin Andrade

Director of Organizing

Director of Organizing

Rev. Eddie Anderson

Regional 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.

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.

Chapman “Chap” Clark

Census 2020 Organizer

Chap Clark, Jr., MSW is the Census 2020 Organizer for LA Voice. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, a graduate of Whitworth University and Tulane University School of Social Work.

Chap is committed to holistic, whole-person, trauma-informed social work practices in order to engage opportunities for individual transformation, community resiliency, and intersectional reconciliation. Previous organizing experience includes work with OFA, DCCC, Maine Democratic Party, the LA Mayor’s Office and several community-based organizations and faith-based nonprofits. He is humbled and grateful to represent and work with LA Voice’s courageous interfaith community.

Yvonne Figueroa

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!

Min. Mario Fuentes

Lead Organizer

Mario Fuentes joined the LA Voice team 5 years ago coming from a background of organizing with labor, communities of faith and in the Central American community.

Mario currently leads our work on Immigrant Integration in LA City, County and coordinates with PICO our state and national work.

Mario enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters by visiting local attractions and the simple comforts of home.

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.

Rev. Rae Huang

Lead Organizer

Rev. Rae Chen Huang is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has a Masters of Divinity from Boston University-School of Theology and a Masters of Theology from Duke Divinity.  She has more than 15 years of experience working in non-profit, ecumenical, and interfaith contexts domestically and abroad, ranging from organizing youth and families on healthcare and street violence issues to chaplaincy work in street, university, and hospital settings.

She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters and spends her free time playing music and escaping to the mountains.

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.

Timothy Kornegay

Justice Transformation Organizer

Tim is a lifelong resident of South Central Los Angeles and currently works as the Justice Transformation organizer at LA. Voice.

Since gaining his freedom after 22 years of incarceration in August 2015. Tim joined LA. Voice in February 2016 and has lead and/or participated in some of the most successful legislative measures to impact the city and county of Los Angeles in decades.

Leading two different teams of formerly incarcerated individuals in civic engagement and voter education campaigns. One team in 2016 that made a substantial contributions to the passing of historic legislation Prop 55, 56 and Prop 57,  Prop HHH and Prop JJJ. The second team in 2017 helped to pass Measure H that resulted in billions of addition funding for housing programs, and support services that aid those communities of highest need. 

Velvet Magallon

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 International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, 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.

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. 

Min. Diane Michiko Ujiiye

Lead Organizer

Minister Diane Michiko Ujiiye is an LA Voice Lead Organizer. Her background includes over twenty years of working in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and gang intervention, in multi-ethnic LA County. She has conducted civil rights and public policy advocacy for Asian Americans and Native  Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders in California,  resulting in the successful passage of state legislation. Diane holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Angel Mortel

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.

Rev. 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.