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 […]

Malcolm Harris

Malcolm Harris

Malcolm Harris joined T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s team as our Director of Programs  & Organizing in May 2014. Malcolm came to T.R.U.S.T after 10 years organizing with the Service Employee’s International Union (SEIU)- International.  As an organizing coordinator with SEIU, he ran strategic union organizing campaigns throughout the US and Canada, bringing thousands of new members into […]

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 […]

Justin Manuel

Justin Manuel is a 23-year- 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 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. Working […]

Oscar Monge

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 […]

Katrina Lapira

Katrina is a second year Master of Urban and Regional Planning candidate at UCLA, concentrating in design and development.  She grew up in Fairfield, California (the 707!) and has a BA in Political Science and Sociology from UC Irvine. Prior to coming to joining T.R.U.S.T., Katrina worked in a variety of capacities in both the […]

Jessica Prieto

Jessica Prieto was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She is currently a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning candidate at UCLA and is focusing on community-driven planning and policy development in communities of color. She has a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning with a minor in Race and Resistance Studies from San […]

Abigail Willis

A native of Athens, Georgia, Abby came to Los Angeles to pursue a master’s degree in urban planning at UCLA. She is interested in building solutions for truly stable and affordable housing in the midst of current crisis, as well as promoting economic development through community self-determination. She has previously worked at the Los Angeles […]

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 […]

Liana Katz

Liana Katz is a second-year MA student in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs where she studies the history of urban planning and cities in the United States. A former intern at the Berkshire Community Land Trust in western Massachusetts, she is an advocate for truly affordable housing strategies that […]