Cynthia Mitchell-Heard

President & CEO

Cynthia Mitchell-Heard holds the esteemed position of President & CEO at the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL). Her tenure is marked by groundbreaking achievements: she is the organization’s first female Chief Operating Officer and, notably, the first woman in more than..

David P. Anderson, MSSE

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. David P. Anderson, MSSE serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Urban League. David is a nationally recognized leader in afterschool, youth workforce development, and public-private partnerships…

Holly Harris-Monk

Chief of Staff

Leveraging a diverse background in executive leadership, Holly Harris-Monk brings a wealth of experience to the Los Angeles Urban League. Her proven track record spans operations, information technology, human resources, and strategic planning, honed across both Fortune 500 companies and non-profit..

Deidrea Sherman

Vice President of Finance

Laureen O’Hara

Vice President of Business Development

As a development and marketing professional who is continually inspired and driven by a profound regard for equity, social justice, and the importance of strategic partnerships within this space, Laureen O’Hara Abeyta works with The Los Angeles Urban League to support its …..

Shannon D. Nelson

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects

Shannon D. Nelson brings over two decades of professional expertise to her career, with a focus on External Affairs, Marketing & Communications, and Nonprofit Management. Shannon joined the Los Angeles Urban League in February 2021 and currently serves as …

Bonnie Thomas-Jeter

Executive Administrator

As Executive Administrator, Bonnie has been exemplary in engaging community, political, and corporate partners, while upholding the bylaws of the organization. She has been the lead staff of the Entrepreneurship Center, and the BizCamp youth program.

Darrell Hills

Director of Programs

Darrell is an experienced senior manager and operational leader with over 20 years in change management, business analysis, project management and quality control. An accomplished project manager with experience in developing and implementing business goals to support growth and sustainability.

LaCora Stephens

Director of Communications

LaCora is a seasoned communications professional with a passion for using multimedia storytelling to empower movements for social justice and equality. For over 13 years, she has honed her skills as a versatile multimedia director, overseeing media operations across diverse organizations …

Nina Torres

Senior Manager of Education

A non-profit leader with 10+ years of experience in the non-profit sector serving the underserved community in the local and national space. Developed and managed education programs, primarily college access and college success. As a California statewide community leader with a growth …

Maiesha Kif

Manager of Outreach & Advocacy

Maiesha Kif is a fourth-generation civil and human rights advocate. She focuses on increasing awareness of California reparations, maximizing the impact of change in Black student education, and increasing collaborations on economic development barriers caused by cultural differences…

David Garcia


David Garcia wears two hats at the Los Angeles Urban League: Fund Accountant and Fiscal Liaison.  He brings over 15 years of diverse financial experience to the organization. Having gained his bachelor’s in business administration while attending local colleges like East….

Sebastian Alvarez


Sebastian Alvarez, a Los Angeles native raised in the vibrant south side, is a passionate newcomer to the Los Angeles Urban League. He brings a strong foundation in finance and business administration, having earned his Bachelor of Arts from….