Josefina Aguilar

Josefina was born and raised in Los Angeles and has over 25 years of experience in city planning, focusing on community development and affordable housing for families and seniors. She has worked in the cities of Palmdale, San Fernando, Simi Valley, Redlands and Santa Barbara, managing housing development and assistance programs and projects. Ms. Aguilar […]

Arrens Castro

Arrens had fifteen plus years of progressive experience handling all aspects of daily accounting operations, financial reporting, month end closing, internal controls, financial planning and analysis, ERP management with Big 4 audit, large advertising and public cpa firm serving small to mid-size retail, non-profit organizations, petroleum, construction and manufacturing clients before she joined TRUST South […]

Oscar Monge

Oscar Monge is a native Angeleno that aspires to stabilize gentrifying neighborhoods through community building and community control.  He joined T.R.U.S.T. South LA in 2017 as an Environmental Planner and has recently stepped into his new role as Community Development Manager to support T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s ongoing large scale and small multifamily housing projects. His […]

Justin Manuel

Justin Manuel is a long-term resident of the community and a member of T.R.U.S.T. South LA. Growing up in South Los Angeles with his mother and his younger sister, Justin always noticed areas in which people needed assistance in his neighborhood, including his home, and decided it was time to do his part. Justin supports […]

Emmanuel Beltran

Emmanuel Beltran is an angelino originally from Montebello, CA who moved at the age of six to live with his father in South central Los Angeles. Working five years for an affordable housing and Active Transportation developer, Emmanuel has a diverse knowledge of community empowerment, coalition & membership building, and leadership development to implement ideas […]

Gabriela Nunez

Gabriela Nunez was born and raised in South Los Angeles. She has been volunteering weekly at T.R.U.S.T. South LA since summer 2017. At T.R.U.S.T. South LA, Gabriela has been involved in projects like the “Welcome to Our Neighborhood Dream” Slauson & Wall community event and their resident-led Sustainable and Stable Slauson plan. In addition, she […]

Victor Aquino

Native to Mexico and raised in 1990’s Los Angeles, the pressures of rising rents and high unemployment began manifesting in Victor’s youth. It was not until 2012, however, that Victor took a more active role in cultivating community when he was assigned to care for the flowerbeds at a local rose garden. He then volunteered […]

Maria Villagrana

I was born and raised in South Los Angeles. Growing up I would hear people around me complain about life in South Central. I noticed the people around me struggling to pay the rent and homelessness has always been around in this area. I used to believe that no one cared and that nothing would […]

Kevin Mendes

Kevin Mendes is a 25 years-old resident of south central and a member of T.R.U.S.T. South LA. Growing up in South Los Angeles with his mother, brother, and his younger sister, seeing the gentrification and injustices happening in his neighborhood. Kevin has been involved with T.R.U.S.T. South LA volunteering on his free time learned about […]