Directors




anaaquirre.pngAna Aguirre

Director of YouthSource & Education Department

Ana Aguirre joined Youth Policy Institute in 2008 as a Parent Facilitator under the Carol M. White Physical Education grant. In January 2013 Ana Aguirre joined the YouthSource & Education Department as the Program Manager, where she oversees the operation of the Northeast San Fernando Valley YouthSource Center and programming centered on re-engagement, workforce development, academic support, leadership development, case management, enrichment, and supportive services for opportunity youth, ages 15-24.

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karina.jpgKarina Favela-Barreras

Director of Operations, Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood

As the Youth Policy Institute’s (YPI) Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood (LAPN), Karina is responsible for the short- and long-term coordination and implementation of cradle-to-college-and-career services for the communities of Hollywood and Pacoima.

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heather.pngHeather Fukunaga

Director of Grants Development

Heather Fukunaga is the Director of Grants Development for the Youth Policy Institute and has a leading role in fundraising for the organization from a range of local, state, and federal agencies, including the US Departments of Education, HUD, Labor, Justice, HHS, Agriculture, and Corporation for National and Community Service.

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leah.jpgLeah Lau

Director of Communications

Leah Lau is the Director of Communications for the Youth Policy Institute, leading the marketing, editorial, publishing, media, PR and photography for the agency. She is a creative visionary with far-reaching professional experience as an Editor and Marketing Communications expert in fields as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, corporate philanthropy, nonprofits, and government. Her life’s work is dedicated to making the world more positive and equitable: For more than 20 years, she has been spearheading community advocacy at the local, national and international levels, with a focus on education, the arts, and health care.

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martin.jpgAngelica Martin

Director of WorkSource Program

Angelica began her community-based service career over 20 years ago, supporting and managing workforce development programs. As early as high school and partially through college, she served as a Youth Employment Specialist for the Employment Development Department (EDD), State of California under the Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP).

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sergio.jpgSergio J. Morales

Director of Health & Wellness

Sergio J. Morales is YPI’s first Director of Health and Wellness, a new and emerging department in the agency. He brings more than 15 years of experience and expertise in working in communities of color providing culturally and linguistically competent services focused on issues related to: Black and Latino gay men’s health, domestic violence, harm reduction, and community organizing.

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diane.pngDiana Rodriguez

Director of Expanded Learning

As Director of Expanded Learning, Diana is 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 BTOP Public Computer Center (PCC) Grant that enabled YPI to deploy over 1,700 workstations across 83 PCCs throughout Los Angeles County.

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