Siris Barrios

Siris Barrios served as the Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) Manager. Ms. Barrios is an expert in developing and implementing social impact initiatives that centered around community organizing. In the last seven years, Ms. Barrios organized stakeholders around placemaking strategies that inform land entitlements that resulted in Community Benefits Agreement embedded into new zoning. Ms. Barrios is a geographer and community action researcher with nearly 25 years of community organizing experience.

Previously Ms. Barrios served as Director of Youth Programs at Community Coalition; a prominent nonprofit organization based in South Los Angeles established by Congresswoman Karen Bass. Ms. Barrios had the opportunity to work on the “Communities Rising,” a community-organizing space-based redevelopment model focus on resident engagement.

She has received training in Human Subject Research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Harris Interactive, and the Rand Corporation. She has created, led, and implemented many qualitative and quantitative research projects dealing with health equity, media representation, under-represented African American and Latino communities, and multicultural marketing for the corporate sector.
Ms. Barrios has a Geography degree from California State University at Northridge. She also helped to found both the first Central American Studies Program and the first Central American Research; Policy Institute in the United States.

She was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles (Watts), California, and has explored fourteen countries. Ms. Barrios loves spending time with her two boys, her husband, and her family.