Executive Vice President
Iris Zuñiga is the Executive Vice President of Youth Policy Institute, a leading non-profit organization in the region with an annual budget of $57 million and more than 1,600 staff operating out of 125 program sites across Los Angeles. YPI’s programs reach over 100,000 youth and adults each year. Since joining YPI in 2006, Iris has lead 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.
More recently Iris’s efforts have resulted in the awarding of a $30 million Promise Neighborhoods grant from the U.S. Department of Education and a Promise Zone designation. “Promise Neighborhoods” is President Obama’s signature education and anti-poverty initiative. The Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood is targeting the communities of Pacoima and Hollywood with a cross-sector partnership that includes the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department, the County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, and more than 60 community-based partners.
Before joining YPI, Iris served as Education and Health Field Deputy for a California State Senator. In this capacity, she oversaw the development and implementation of education and health community programs to support community residents.
Iris received her A.A. degree from Los Angeles Mission College and transferred to UCLA where she earned her B.A. in Sociology and Chicano/a Studies and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Northridge. She was raised in Pacoima where her parents still reside. She has completed training for the Coro Health Leadership Program, Center for Nonprofit Leadership Development Program, and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, Leadership Program (HLI 2011) and Skills to Accelerate Results Leadership program (STAR). In 2014, Iris was appointed to the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Commission.
Iris has served on the board of Comisión Femenil of the San Fernando Valley and the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project.