The Carl & Roberta 
Deutsch Foundation

Meet the 2017 Selection Committee

"I was inspired and learned as I reviewed the wonderful HALO Award applications. They were the best of the best.
Reading them was an unexpected, impactful gift to help me make our volunteer program even better."

-Alex Morales, President & CEO, Children's Bureau of Southern California
2016 Selection Committee

Liza Bray

Director, Partners for Children South Los Angeles

Partners for Children South LA is a collaborative working to improve developmental outcomes for children birth to 5 years and to reduce their risk of involvement with the child welfare system. Liza is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the initiative, including project and committee management, cross agency care coordination, fund development and budget management, partnership development, evaluation, strategic planning, and external communications and coordination with other similar initiatives and collaboratives. Liza has over 24 years of non-profit experience, working specifically with at-risk youth and families in the South Los Angeles community. In previous positions, she was responsible for fund development, community outreach and partnership development, program design and implementation, curriculum development, training and technical assistance, volunteer recruitment and management, staff supervision, among other areas. Liza grew up and still resides in the very community that she has committed her life to supporting. In addition to her professional work, she has been a mentor to an at-risk youth and is a lector at Transfiguration Church. She has a BA in Communications from Howard University.

Angel Roberson Daniels

Vice President of Grants, The Angell Foundation 

Angel manages the daily philanthropic and administrative operations of the grantmaking staff. Throughout her career, she has worked with foundations and community-based organizations to design and evaluate programs and interventions that effectively produce positive outcomes for vulnerable communities. Prior to joining The Angell Foundation, Angel was a Program Officer at First 5 LA where she was instrumental in the development of large-scale community and systemic initiatives and the allocation of over $800 million in investments designed to benefit young children and their families throughout Los Angeles County. She facilitated and led planning and assessment efforts for local nonprofit and public health organizations as a Research Analyst for the UCLA Technical Assistance Group and has served in various capacities working with and on behalf of organizations that provide care and support to foster youth in South Los Angeles. Angel is past co-chair of the Los Angeles Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, current co-chair of the Los Angeles County Arts Education Funders Council and serves on the Board for the Boston Opportunity Agenda. She is also a Leadership Fellow and member of The Association for Black Foundation Executives. 

Kristina Deutsch

Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation

Kristina Deutsch has faithfully served as a member of the Advisory Committee at The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, providing insights and guidance, since 2008. She has also been a member of the HALO Award Selection Committee every year since the award’s inception in 2011.

Jeff Kim 

Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation

Jeff currently manages grantmaking related to improving oral health care for low-income adults, including seniors, and increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth at The California Wellness Foundation. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in April 2005, Kim was associate director of development for the National Conference for Community and Justice – Los Angeles Region. Before that, he worked for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center as deputy director for the legal services department. Jeff was appointed by the Speaker of the California State Assembly to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs for a term that ended in 2016. Previously, he served on the board of directors of Grantmakers In Aging. Jeff is a member of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and formerly served on the steering committee of its Los Angeles chapter. A member of the State Bar of California, Kim earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University.

Simon Lopez

Vice President of Workforce & Career Development, Goodwill of Southern California 

Simon oversees community initiatives and strategic partnerships throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. Goodwill focuses on establishing innovative career mobility programs for jobseekers with the most barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities, the re-entry community, disconnected youth, veterans, the homeless, and the working poor. In order to truly move the needle on a regional level, Simon works with leaders across all sectors to develop new program and policy solutions that create shared wins for all stakeholders. Previously, Simon was Senior Director of Workforce and Leadership for the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s leading Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. He designed and led a national capacity-building campaign that elevated the role of Hispanic-serving community-based organizations across the country to play a more meaningful role in local workforce system delivery. He also established formal strategic partnerships with other national organizations that represented workforce boards, community colleges, labor, and other diverse communities. Simon is originally from Albuquerque, NM and most importantly, is father to nine-year old son Maximiliano.


John Maceri

Executive Director, The People Concern

John Maceri is the Executive Director of The People Concern, formed in 2016 in a merger of two trusted social service organizations, OPCC and Lamp Community, and is one of the largest agencies of its kind in Los Angeles County. The People Concern empowers the most vulnerable among us to rebuild their lives. With compassion and profound respect for those they serve, The People Concern provides a fully integrated system of care, including housing, mental health and medical treatment, and social services. As a long-time community volunteer, John served on the board of the Business Alliance of Los Angeles (formerly the Valley Business Alliance) as a member, Vice President and two-term President. He is a Past Chair of the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition, and also served as a member of the Board of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. John is also a past Vice President of the Board of North Valley Caring Services, a nonprofit that provides services to low- income children and families in the northeast San Fernando Valley, and is a former member of the governing board of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, a national funder of agencies providing services to children and their families infected and affected by HIV & AIDS.


Nancy Stiles

Executive Director, Lake Avenue Community Foundation 

Nancy Stiles, Executive Director of Lake Avenue Community Foundation (LACF), is in her fourth year in the role. She has been associated with LACF for 13 years total--first as a volunteer, and then as a paid program director. Her background is in education, with a master’s degree in mathematics from UCLA and classroom teaching experience at both the secondary and college levels. She transitioned into non-profit work after finding that it resonated deeply with her, and appreciates being able to affect change on a more holistic level than she could in the classroom - through building long-lasting relationships with students, parents, staff, and volunteers. She participated in the Center for Non-Profit Management (CNM) Leadership Development Program, and in the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy and Alchemy + training programs. Nancy has a BA degree in Mathematics from UCSD and a Masters in Mathematics from UCLA.