ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN - LOS ANGELES
Our Values

Our values guide us to achieve our mission. Each value applies not only to our youth, Friends, and program teams, but also applies to all Friends of the Children employees, volunteers, and partners. We use our values to make informed decisions; to hire, coach, and manage; and most importantly, we use our values to change the way the world treats and views our most vulnerable youth.

Put Children First

We intentionally serve youth who are facing the greatest obstacles. To help our youth discover their limitless potential, we foster their internal resiliency. We listen to our youth and base decisions on each youth’s needs and dreams. We prioritize self-care so that we bring our best selves to our work and focus on our youth.

Build Relationships on Love

We nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. We don’t give up easily, and take a no matter what approach to our work. We commit for the long-term. We intentionally develop collaborative relationships over time with trust, empathy, and healthy communication. We believe that we build community through one-on-one connections that are authentic, respectful, and meaningful.

Commit to Empowerment

We leverage personal strengths to take ownership of our futures. We build relationships within the communities of our youth and families to strengthen social networks and provide bridges to new opportunities. We consistently inspire possibility through empathy, hard work, and fun. We model all of this for our youth, families and each other.

Pursue Goals Relentlessly

We celebrate all achievements, big and small. We are disciplined in our commitment to goals, while innovative in how we reach them. We believe that the definition of success requires intentional reflection and adjustment over time. We work together and hold ourselves accountable with data to achieve short and long-term outcomes.

Demand Equity

We acknowledge the historical and present injustices impacting marginalized communities. We demand equity from ourselves and from our community. We insist that all people have the necessary support to achieve all of their hopes and dreams. We amplify the voices of our children, families, and communities. We bring together different experiences, skills, and backgrounds to provide opportunities to overcome personal, systemic, and institutional barriers.

STAFF

Thomas Lee

Executive Director

Jorie Aldrich

Chief of Staff

Valerie Esquivel

Program Director

Johnny Lambour

Development Manager

Mary Beth Lattimore

Operations Manager

Chessa Latifi Donaldson

Grant Writer

Janie Escalle

Professional Mentor

Victor Pinzon Gonzalez

Professional Mentor

Marquis Williams

Professional Mentor

Grisel Vasquez

Professional Mentor

ReAndra Francis

Professional Mentor

Jose Zelada

Professional Mentor

Jorge Pimentel

Professional Mentor

Elizabeth Wolf

Professional Mentor

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Anne Ludlow

Board Chair

Educator

Laguna Niguel, CA

Annie Campbell

Board Secretary

Founder, Annie Campbell Catering, LLC

Los Angeles, CA

Courtney Carter

Founder & CEO, The Carter Media Group

Camilo Echavarria

Partner-in-Charge, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Benjamin Evans

Co-Founder & National Fellowship Director, BMe Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

Mary Jo Johnson

Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law

Los Angeles, CA

Peter Lizotte

Board Vice Chair

Managing Principal, Executive Financial, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA

Tom Ludlow

Board Treasurer

Financial Executive

Laguna Niguel, CA

Raoul Ortega

Director of Finance, First 5 LA

Los Angeles, CA

Ilissa Samplin

Associate Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Terri Sorensen

National President, Friends of the Children

Seattle, WA

Stephanie Wiggins

CEO, Metrolink

Los Angeles, CA

Robyn Young

Partner, Ernst & Young

Los Angeles, CA

Ambassador Board

Shalonda Baldwin

LA Metro, Deputy Executive Director

Mark Burchell

VP, Senior Private Banker, City National Bank

Annie Chang Long

Associate Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Anairis Chavez

Subcontracts Manager, Lockheed Martin

Melissa Costello

Area Manager, Umpqua Bank

Kaya Day

Brand Director, Copycat Copywriters

Robert Drewery

Senior Leasing Agent, Douglas Emmett Management, LLC

Moe Elias

Investment Management Specialist, Wells Fargo

Abdul Gieballa

Founder and CEO, Innov8 Technologies

Derrick Harris

Director of Corporate Relations, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Marquisha Henderson

Linkage to Care Research Specialist, St. John's Well Child & Family Center

Qiana Patterson

Vice President, Strategic Development, HopSkipDrive

Jasmin Schonherr

Project Manager, Learn4Life Network

Lisa Small

Senior Manager, Youth Justice, Liberty Hill Foundation

Tenise Taylor

Assistant Director, USC Black Alumni Association

Leonisha Stephan Tolbert

Realtor, Trust Properties USA

Megan Terilli

Senior Associate, PwC

Sixto Villacorta

Community Manager, Umpqua Bank

EMPLOYMENT

Friends of the Children is committed to the communities we serve, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

Los Angeles Office Jobs

We are currently hiring for a Director of Development, Program Director for Antelope Valley, and a Caregiver Engagement Specialist for Antelope Valley.


Please contact us for questions about upcoming opportunities.


Thank you for your interest in Friends of the Children.