The Executive Board of Directors consists of leaders from education, philanthropic, business, nonprofit and government sectors. The Board leads Youth Speak forward and is responsible for fundraising, internal development, external relations and the direction of the organization. Youth Speak is continually looking for dedicated individuals who are able to provide strong leadership to help Youth Speak strengthen our organization. Executive Board members offer a wide variety of skills and talents to the organization, and contribute in different ways. Apply today! Executive Board Member description
Antonio Plascencia, Jr.
Antonio currently serves the families at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a Program & Policy Advisor. He designs and facilitates professional development alongside teachers, administrators and parents implementing district wide reform initiatives. His work has innovated the field by creating models and strategies unique to Los Angeles where parents are at the forefront working with educators as partners to improve neighborhood schools. He has established unique ties with teachers, parents and administrators in the San Fernando Valley through his public service at LAUSD. This led Antonio to join the the YSC Advisory Council in 2010 to identify opportunities that elevate the voice of our youth within the schools. His roots originate in Atoyac, Jalisco where he continuously visits and considers a second home. Antonio holds a Master of Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola Marymount University. Connect with Antonio on Linkedin.
Founder and CEO of Sarria Media Group.
She has been in the field of education, youth development, leadership, and community development for over 17 years as a tutor, teacher and as a volunteer to nonprofits focused on youth development, leadership, and social entrepreneurship; immigrant parent engagement; empowering young Latino males; college access; and community schools. She has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an Ed.M. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Senior Manager, KPMG.
Ana is a senior at Discovery Charter Preparatory School. She lives in the N.E. San Fernando Valley. Born and raised in Puebla, Mexico, she came to Los Angeles at the age of nine. When she first heard about Youth Speak Collective , she was in 10th grade, trying to find a space to feel comfortable and express her opinion. During her time with Youth Speak Collective she has grown into an individual who can express her voice confidently. To her, being a member of Youth Speak Collective means having a support system and the resources to help change your community.
Ms. Gomez has been a resident of the City of San Fernando for over 20 years. She attended local schools and graduated from San Fernando High School. Ms. Gomez attended Loyola-Marymount University where she received her bachelor of business administration in May 1996. She is a licensed commercial real estate broker and oversees all Real Estate operations for a local development company since 1995. Ms. Gomez is the Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Wellness Commission of the City of San Fernando and is President-Elect of the San Fernando Kiwanis Club. Ms. Gomez has been involved with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life in San Fernando since its inception seven years ago, including chairing the event for two years. Away from her work, Ms. Gomez is very dedicated to her two children, who attend local high schools, ages 14 and 16 and is highly involved in their soccer teams. Connect with Adriana on Linkedin.
Michael D. Gattuso
Since 1994, Michael D. Gattuso has been building relationships with clients, helping them achieve their financial and investment goals. As an independent advisor, his loyalty belongs exclusively to his clients, not a parent company. Michael often describes himself as a “tailor,” customizing a client’s portfolio based on their personal goals, needs and comfort. Michael’s clients include non-profits, endowments, small business owners, physicians and of course, individual investors. All clients are treated with the respect and the quality of service one deserves. Michael prides himself on “giving back,” and serves on several non-profit boards and is a benefactor to many charitable organizations, frequently as a proud sponsor of events and fundraisers. Understanding the importance of family, Michael commits much of his free time to his family at home and in neighboring counties and states. His greatest joy comes from making a difference in people’s lives and futures. Connect with Michael on Linkedin.
Past Board Members & Advisers- Thank you!
Jackie Arriaga, student-San Fernando High School
Michelle Chavez, Prudential Financial
Whitney Kasserman, YSC Co-Founder
Gloria Lazalde, Proyecto Mariposa
Miguel Sanchez, student-Discovery Prep Charter School
Amy Berfield, New Heights Charter School
David Kietzman, YSC Co-Founder
Stefanie Gluckman, The Children’s Partnership
Margarita Velasquez, Mission Community Hospital
Angelica Ayala, City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor
Eric Junker, Wagner/Junker Agency
Esther Kang, The Durfee Foundation
Paul de Leon, student-Cesar Chavez Learning Academies
Xochiltl Bravo, The Partnership at Los Angeles Schools
Cesar Diaz, City of Los Angeles, CD3
Noé Montes, Noé Montes Photography
April Aguirre, I Am San Fernando
Vanessa Briseño, The Annenberg Foundation
Mayra Navarro-Castillas, Navarro Law Group
Rudy Espinoza, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network
Alex Reza, Community Activist / Retired Educator
Cheston Callum, Enterprise Rent A Car
Roberto Barragan, Valley Economic Development Center
Jackie Eliot, Partnerships Uplifting Communities
Michael de la Rocha, City of Los Angeles, CD6
Rosie Santana, Discovery Preparatory Charter High School
Richard Alexander, Wells Fargo
Paul Vinetz, County of Los Angeles, Probation Department