Chief Community Development Officer
Angelica Solis-Montero is the Chief Community Development Officer for Youth Policy Institute. The Community Development Division houses signature initiatives including the Los Angeles Promise Zone and key programs under the Workforce, YouthSource, Health & Wellness, and Financial Empowerment departments. Angelica works to align and coordinate the community development departments to address education, housing, and public safety issues comprehensively.
Previous to joining YPI, Angelica was the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Better Community where she managed the coordination of policy and advocacy efforts aimed at improving equity for underserved communities in education, health, economic development and civic participation throughout the Los Angeles area. As a community advocate and spokesperson for ABC, Angelica is often quoted in the media as a local leader, and resource about issues that impact Latino communities.
Angelica is a National Fellow of the “Lead the Way Leadership Initiative for Emerging Women of Color Executive Directors” at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Angelica is the recipient of a Community Advocate Award from the City of Los Angeles and was named a “Heroe de la Communidad” (Community Hero) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013.
Having grown up in an immigrant working class family in the Los Angeles area and attended local public schools, Angelica is deeply committed to Los Angeles, its families and the idea that everyone should be allowed to pursue the American dream. Angelica earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development.