Regional Task Force

The Regional Task Force, comprised of eight elected residents from across South LA and Compton, will elevate local issues affecting all of Region 2 by developing recommendations to increase systems-change impact and stewarding community-based grant making. The members were elected by residents of South LA who attend Best Start Local Council meetings in West Athens, Compton/E. Compton, Broadway Manchester and Watts/Willowbrook.

Elected members will assist with outreach to their respective communities to ensure maximum participation in the South LA Decides community-based grant making process.

Regional Task Force Representatives elevate local issues affecting all of Region 2 by:

Organizing and mobilizing to facilitate policy and systems change.

Develop recommendations to increase systems-change impact and stewarding community-based grant making.

Assist with outreach to their respective
communities to ensure maximum participation in the South LA Decides community-based grant making process.

Meet the 2023 Regional Task Force

Febe Gomez

Febe Gonzalez

Febe Gonzalez
Febe Gonzalez was born in Guatemala. She was raised by her grandmother and sisters when her mother immigrated to the United States for the American Dream to provide her with a better life. At the age of 23 Febe migrated to the United States. Her trip to the United States was not an easy one, there were many challenges along the way. In Guatemala, Febe studied and worked as a business secretary. Living in the United States was very different, and she had to start from scratch and build a community and family here. She now works as a social media influencer on various platforms empowering community members to advocate for their community and embrace an overall sense of family. Febe eventually met her husband and had her daughter. After having her daughter Febe started getting more involved in volunteering at her local church. She also began to volunteer with non-profit organization Strength Based Community Change (SBCC) in a group called “Conquistadores.” As part of that group, she provided trainings, outreach and fun activities to elders and families in her community, as well as volunteering in community garden projects. Febe has been a long-standing member of the Regional Task Force and is passionate about the wellbeing of her community. Recently, Febe has been appointed as a Senior RTF member who helps provide guidance and mentorship for those newly onboarded RTF members.
Hattie McFraizer

Hattie McFraizer

Hattie Mcfrazier -Best Start Regional Task Force Member
Mrs. Mcfrazier is a retired Educator with LAUSD, where she served as a Teacher, Counselor, Pupil services and School Attendance Review Board Chairman (SARB). She joined the Regional Task Force to strengthen families and support the development of other community leaders. She has participated in other Committee’s such as the West Athens Best Start and Quality Schools. I those roles, she helped select parenting workshops and trainings. She serves on various committees in her community, providing workshops on voting rights, mental health issues, parenting engagements, mentoring and youth involvement.
Rodolfo Trujillo

Rodolfo Trujillo

Rodolfo Trujillo
Rodolfo Trujillo was born in Nayarit, Mexico. Rodolfo immigrated to Los Angeles in search of a better life for his family. He currently has a full-time job where he operates Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machines. He is married, has 2 sons and 4 lovely grandkids that inspire and motivate him to keep himself focused on his target to build a better future. Rodolfo has focused all his professional work on the social, economic, and personal development of the families in South Los Angeles. Always working diligently with honesty, Rodolfo is always ready to serve and advocate for residents in his neighborhood. In 2015, he became deeply involved with grassroots community organizing and advocacy due to the needs and lack of resources. After many hours of volunteering and working in the community, he started his own organization, where he is committed to empowering residents and striving to provide resources for underserved communities. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the non-profit organization United We Stand, initiated in 2019. With his growing capacity and diverse experience, he began organizing monthly community clean ups, beautifying green spaces, community improvements, creating free programs like yoga, Zumba and cultural art programs and educational workshops for the families that eagerly join the initiative. Further integrating himself into the non-profit sector as a volunteer with the Community Health Council, best known now as Rising Communities, where he is a Senior Regional Task Force (RTF) member for Best Start Region 2, representing the Broadway/ Manchester community. Through his position as an RTF member Rodolfo was able to further build the capacity of his professional development. By participating in vetted courses offered by Rising Communities’ social change institute known as Learning 4 Equity (L4E) he was provided certifications through Pacific Oks College such as Civic Engagement and Community Organizing (CECO) certification and the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) certification, where he demonstrated the ability of understanding effective methods of community organizing, dismantling anti-blackness, and Policy and System change. As an RTF Rodolfo supported the initiative of South L.A Decides, conducting surveys and encouraging residents to vote. He also supported CHIRLA with phone banking and canvassing for their efforts to mobilize registered voters. Rodolfo had built a strong relationship with the representatives of the Council District 8 and Council District 9, one the biggest accomplished with the council office District 8 was the Community Safety Partnership (C.S.P) in Algin Sutton Recreation Center where he played a key role as a community outreach navigator with Urban Peace Institute (UPI), managing surveys and canvassing. Through United We Stand, and funds provided by Council District 9’s Community Grants Program Rodolfo was also able to provide $75,000 worth of resources into the communities in Council District 9. Rodolfo believes that Educating, Empowering, and keeping communities engaged will result in a positive transformation that will lead to a prosperous and heathier lifestyle.
Sheila Willey

Sheila Willey

Sheila “Sunny” Wiley
Ms. Sheila Wiley, known as Sunny in the community, is a dedicated leader with more than ten years of experience in workforce development, training, strategic planning, and program and grant management. Throughout her career, she has been committed to sharing her expertise in career development and inspiring professionals to achieve their full potential. Sheila has been a lifelong resident of the West Athens area and is deeply passionate about serving her community as an advocate for issues such as food insecurity, employment, and voter rights. She serves as a Senior Delegate for the Rising Best Start Regional Task Force and strongly believes in promoting equality for all residents of South Los Angeles.
Miguel Gonzalez

Miguel Gonzalez

Watts Willowbrook

Miguel Gonzalez
Miguel Gonzalez was born in Merida, Yucatan in Mexico. He came to United States at the age of 18 years old to find the American Dream. He learned the language and went back to school. He graduated high school with good grades. After that, he then started collaborating in different communities around South LA teaching Folklorico Dances and teaching arts in community schools as a Volunteer. Through the years, he got a new opportunity collaborating in a project in his new community called Casa De La Cultura Maya in 2015. Teaching kids, youths, and adults folklorico dances until 2018 when the program stopped due to financial resources. He then started a new project and folklorico group as Ballet Folklorico called “Puro Corazon”, he stayed with this group for 2 years after the pandemic hit. During the pandemic and other circumstances, he had to adapt to another version of technology and resources while helping others. Enjoyed programs through Zoom, getting ready for new training, meeting new people and getting resources for his community in South LA. After those programs, he joined the UPI program where he got a certificate as a leader of the community. New doors were opened through this program, and he joined Broadway Manchester as Regional Task Force Member in Green Meadows. After advocating/fighting for LGBTQ rights, he went to a program called Bienestar where he has been working for as a volunteer for 8 years in South LA ever since he came out as a gay latino man. And with no legal status during the years and being proud of who he is, he got the best opportunity joining WLI and has been very excited. New adventures are coming his way.
Juana Escobedo

Juana Escobedo

Watts Willowbrook

Juana Escobedo – Best Start Regional Task Force Member
Juana was born in Durango, Mexico and moved to Los Angeles thirty-three years ago with her children. She has dedicated her life to helping others. She is a graduate from Cal State Dominguez Hills where she received her bachelor's degree in healthcare management. Mrs. Escobedo worked for 20 years for LAUSD as a Yard Supervisor and has worked for the past 4 years at a non-profit where she initially provided youth gang prevention interventions and is now a mentor serving four schools. She has been a resident of Watts for 17 years. During the past years she has been a community coach for Jordan Downs and RAC board member. She recently completed a three-year leadership training program with Urban Peace Institute (UPI) and is currently a street team for Watts Raising.
Abril Villanueva

Abril Villanueva

Compton/East Compton

Abril Villanueva

I'm Abril R. Villanueva, a disabled Veteran with a BA in Psychology and a Certificate of Multicultural Leadership. As the president and founder of the Golden Street Block Club, I'm dedicated to empowering my community in Compton.

I'm actively involved in the League of Women Voters and the Compton/East Compton Regional Task Force Member. I'm also a TEDx Compton Blvd Speaker, advocating for positive change and inclusivity.

My family and I build monumental altars in Compton, featured by the Self-Help Graphics Museum in 2021. I am also a proud Compton homeowner; I champion language accessibility and strive to create a better future for my two children.

My journey is a testament to resilience, dedication, and a commitment to advocacy, promoting social justice and empowerment in our diverse community.

Bruce Boyden

Commissioner Bruce Boyden

Compton/East Compton

Commissioner Bruce Boyden
My life and career in an inter-city community such as the "Great City of Compton" has greatly benefited from my academic preparation at Pepperdine University. I have gained an international presence as an "Educational Expert" in the field of Early Care and Education. I have received many awards and commendations nationally and locally, there are too many to list. I have returned to my birthplace to be a "beacon of light' to my family, friends and community. Currently I serve as the Superintendent of instruction/director and Chief Pedagogist at the St. Timothy's Episcopal Early Childhood Music Conservatory, which is one of the most outstanding Early Childhood Program in Compton. Most recently I have been appointed as an Ambassador for the Compton Community College District. I am Commissioner for "Oversight" in the City of Compton, "Education Commissioner" for The State of California Assembly-64th District™ that serves over a half MILLION residents in the State of California and Senior Elder, Adjutant/Administrator-Compton at the Calvary Community Church of Compton C.O.G.I.C. which is the Headquarters of The Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for C.O.G.I.C. My success would be attributed to a strong support system of Family, Community, outstanding models and leaders as well as my imbedded faith and walk with God in addition to having had a great foundation from many exemplary learning experience from several of the nation's "Premiere Christian College's" such as Pepperdine University. I was able to soar towards my maximum potential and enter into many Certificated programs and graduated from other prestigious institutions such as Harvard and Stanford University as well as attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to name a few. I have had many academic travel experiences with "study groups* in Germany, South Africa, France, England, Spain, Australia South America and many other countries in Europe looking at best and promising practices in education for the future. It is my desire and goal to engage the youth of my community to share and provide "Hope and purpose" that may motivate and inspire others by sharing my vast knowledge and involvement through guiding, teaching, mentoring, modeling and listening to the next generation in a sincere effort towards supporting their "Calling and Mission" in becoming productive citizens of this world where they will work, learn and play. Cardiologist of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and fondly Mrs. Alvira Travis, The principal that I served under at my first Public School Teaching Assignment in Washington D.C. and finally, My Supervisor, Friend, Teacher and mentor Maurice R. Sykes. Each of them provided me with many "Leadership Experiences" that stretched and strengthen my skills and abilities within me that I did not know that existed. In the words of the late great Shirley Chisholm, "The price we pay for room on this earth, is service to Others”
Topacio Bermudez

Topacio Bermudez

Broadway Manchester

Topacio Bermudez
She is currently in school at Cal State Domingas hill. She is a major in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Her goal is to get a master's as a social worker. Involved with a non-profit organization called United We Stan. The organization involves cleaning the streets once a month and teaching how to keep the streets clean. She believes this is another way to engage the community. She is also a Broadway/Manchester delegate and a Best Starts Regional Task Force Member. She got a certificate back in September 2023 in Learning 4 Equity. She is the first generation in her family to achieve higher learning. She is a mother of two daughters. Her hobbies are quality time with her kids, going to theme parks and movies. She enjoys talking to her daughters about any subject that they want to talk to her about.
Sonia Salgado

Sonia Salgado

Broadway Manchester

Sonia Salgado - Best Start Regional Task Force

sonia112410@gmail.com (primary language Spanish)

ENGLISH
Sonia Salgado is a dedicated promotora, devoted parent, and respected leader in the vibrant community of South Los Angeles. With deep roots in the area, she proudly serves as a key member of the Best Start Region 2 Task Force, leveraging her lived experience to empower and uplift her community. Her unwavering passion lies in advocating for accessible resources that enhance the well-being and opportunities of those in her community.

SPANISH
Sonia Salgado es una promotora dedicada, madre devota y líder respetada en la vibrante comunidad del sur de Los Ángeles. Con profundas raíces en la zona, se enorgullece de ser un miembro clave de la Best Start Region 2 Task Force, aprovechando su experiencia vivida para empoderar y elevar su comunidad. Su pasión incansable es abogar por recursos accesibles que mejoren el bienestar y las oportunidades de los miembros de su comunidad.

Jazmin Anderson

Jazmin Anderson

Broadway Manchester

Jazmin Anderson
My name is Jazmin Anderson and I am Jack of all trades. I am the founder of a non-profit organization named The Helpful Homegirls where we serve in the youth and unhoused community in a variety of ways by providing education, resources and etc. I am also the owner of an elote catering company “Corn Lady LA” we have variety of tasty menu items that always bring smiles to those who have had our products. Outside of being a business owner I serve as a Best Start 2 Regional Task Force member with Rising Community within that role not only do I have the opportunity to engage in more community conversations but to also try and fill the gaps that we feel lacks in our communities. I serve on Empowerment Southeast Neighborhood Council in Council District 9 within this role not only do I participate in actively listening to our community members concerns but also aiding in seeking a solution that can make an impact community wide. Overall, I love my community and I look forward to building a stronger community! During my free time I enjoy cooking, going on adventurous outings such as skydiving, riding motorcycles, and much more. In the near future I plan to attend pilot school!
Doris Hall

Doris Hall

West Athens

Siyana DaBriel

Siyana DaBriel

West Athens

Siyana Zyan Da'Briel

Siyana Da'Briel is a high school student who enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community. This includes working to end food inequality at schools by providing groceries for students to take home, working with Los Angeles Teen Court to provide pathways for student rehabilitation, and advocating for students from LAUSD on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. While in high school she received awards from UCLA & LAUSD for academic achievement and her work throughout her school community. She enjoys using her voice through performing arts and at school through her school’s newspaper to advocate for others. She is also a Best Start Region 2 Task Force Member.

*We are currently taking applications for West Athens RTF Representatives

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