September 14, 2016
YPI is proud to announce the promotions of key members of our leadership team: Iris Zuñiga, Executive Vice President; Ruth Dineros, Chief Operating Officer; Angelica Solis-Montero, Chief Community Development Officer; Diana Rodriguez, Director of Expanded Learning; Vanessa Esparza, Director of Community and Family Support; and Carmen Gutierrez, Assistant Director of Expanded Learning. We’re also happy to welcome to YPI Marguerite Ave-Womack, Senior Director of Community Development.
Iris Zuñiga is the Executive Vice President of YPI. Since joining the agency in 2006, Iris has led efforts to reinforce YPI’s commitment to the communities it serves through a results-based framework. Her day-to-day management efforts ensure that YPI effectively accomplishes its mission of eradicating poverty and increasing academic achievement.
Ruth Dineros, YPI's Chief Operating Officer, leads the strategic direction for YPI’s internal operations and provides focused oversight in the areas of Information Technology, Facilities, Human Resources, Learning and Development, Performance and Talent management, and Compensation and Benefits administration. In addition, Ruth leads and oversees day-to-day operations including Policy and Procedures development, Compliance, and Risk Management.
Angelica Solis-Montero is YPI’s first Chief Community Development Officer. 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.
Diana Rodriguez is YPI’s first Director of Expanded Learning. She’s dedicated to carrying out the agency’s commitment to provide technology, training, and resources to youth and adults across Los Angeles. In her four-year tenure, Diana has managed a portfolio of technology related projects totaling more than $9.8 million dollars, the most notable being a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Public Computer Center (PCC) Grant that enabled YPI to deploy over 1,700 workstations across 83 PCCs throughout Los Angeles County.
Marguerite Ave-Womack is YPI’s first Senior Director of Community Development. She oversees the new TechHire program, a signature initiative of the White House to launch innovative training and placement models for developing tech talent. Previously, Marguerite was the Director of Workforce & Economic Development at JVS. At the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, she served in roles as the Director of Operations and the Director, Community Investment. At Goodwill Southern California, Marguerite was the WorkSource Center Director. In the community, she was a Board Member and past President, Asian Rehabilitation Service, Inc. and a Los Angeles Board Member for the Emergency Food & Shelter Program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from CSU Fullerton and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Vanessa Esparza is YPI’s first Director of Community & Family Support. She started her career at YPI as the Associate Director for the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood (LAPN) initiative where she oversaw the implementation of core strategies within 18 community schools and three community centers in Hollywood and Pacoima. Previously, Vanessa was the Associate Director for the Alliance for a Better Community in Los Angeles. Through her experience in the public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors, she understands the importance of community empowerment and engagement in building healthy, safe and empowered communities. This commitment has been a guiding principle through her professional journey in working with underserved communities. Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.
Carmen Gutierrez is Assistant Director, Expanded Learning. Carmen joined YPI in 2011 as Assistant Director for the Educational Technology Department (EdTech). In that role, she oversaw day-to-day operations for all digital inclusion initiatives handled by that department. Together, they trained over 5,000 people through computer classes and workshops and connect more than 1,000 families to home Internet. Carmen was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States when she was six years old and has called San Fernando and Pacoima her home ever since. She attended local public schools, including San Fernando HS (go Tigers!). She attended Stanford University where she majored in Urban Studies.