Team Members

Sandra McNeill, Executive Director

sandra@trustsouthla.org

Sandra McNeill was hired in 2006, and took over as Executive Director in July 2007. Ms. McNeill holds an M.A. in Urban Planning, with a concentration in Community Economic... More info>>

Blanca Rivera, Membership Development Manager

blanca@trustsouthla.org

Blanca Rivera joined the staff in April 2007, and has been responsible for building the organization’s Membership base from the ground up and developing a vibrant group of... More info>>

Tafarai Bayne, Mobility & Recreation Program Director

tafarai@trustsouthla.org

Tafarai Bayne is a Los Angeles native with extensive experience in community outreach, constituency building, stakeholder education, project management, program... More info>>

Giulia Pasciuto, Policy Research Associate

giulia@trustsouthla.org

Giulia has worked with different organizations in South LA over the last four years, focusing on equitable participation in the city planning process, affordable transit oriented development, and food justice.  She is... More info>>

Eileen Forbes, Community Organizing and Education Specialist

Eileen joined the T.R.U.S.T. South LA team in March 2013 as the Community Organizing Education Specialist. As a native of South Los Angeles, she has always had a passion for and committed herself to improving the life of South Los Angeles residents. She... More info>>

Joyous Joiner, Program Associate

joyous@trustsouthla.org

As a native of East-Knoxville, Tennessee, Joyous witnessed the steady dis-investment of communities historically inhabited by low income residents while other areas of the city benefited from developmental projects.... More info>>

Board of Directors

Benjamin Torres, Chair
Organizational Representative (CD Tech Center)
Approved by Membership 4/15/11 (3 year term), after serving on Founding Board

Georgina Serrano, Vice Chair
General Representative, elected 6/19/09 (2 year term)
Re-elected to 2nd term on 4/15/11 (3 year term)

Joy Elliot, Treasurer 
Public Seat, selected 12/19/12

Maritza López,
General Representative, elected 7/12/13 (3 year term)

Rosa de la Cruz
General Representative, elected 4/20/12 (3 year term)

Juana Calel
General Representative, elected 6/19/09 (2 year term)
Re-elected to 2nd term on 4/15/11 (3 year term)

Maribel Campos
General Representative, elected 2012 (3 year term)

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim
Organizational Representative (Esperanza Community Housing Corporation)
Approved by Membership 4/15/11 (3 year term), after serving on Founding Board

Brent Blair
Public Seat, selected 12/19/12