2019 Selection Committee

Each year a Selection Committee comprised of local nonprofit & foundation leaders selects the award recipients. Below are the Committee members who selected the 2019 recipients, whom comprise Cohort 9.

The 2020 Selection Committee will be announced with the 2020 recipients.

Kristina Deutsch


The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation

Chris Ko

Managing Director of Homeless & Strategic Initiatives, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Diana Pinto

Executive Director, 

South Central LAMP

Irene Quevedo

Executive Director, 

Operation Jump Start

2018 HALO Award Recipient

Mark Supper

President & CEO, 

Youth Emerging Stronger

Keren Taylor

Executive Director, 


2017 HALO Award Recipient

Jennifer Vanore

President & Chief Operating Officer,

UniHealth Foundation

Past Selection Committees

Individuals are listed along with their organization affiliation and title at the time of their Selection Committee service.  


  • Patrick Conyers, Executive Director, Pasadena Educational Foundation (2017 Recipient)

  • Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation 

  • Dorothy Fleisher, Program Director, W.M. Keck Foundation

  • Carrie Harlow, Program Officer, The Ahmanson Foundation

  • Chris Hendrikson, Founder & Board Member, Street Poets

  • Gabe Middleton, President & CEO, human-I-T (2016 Recipient)

  • Kara Allen Soldati, President & CEO, United Friends of the Children


  • Liza Bray, Director, Partners for Children South LA 

  • Angel Roberson Daniels, Vice President of Grants, The Angell Foundation

  • Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation 

  • Jeff Kim, Program Director, California Wellness Foundation

  • Simon Lopez, Vice President of Workforce & Career Development

  • John Maceri, CEO, The People Concern (2015 Recipient)

  • Nancy Stiles, Executive Director, Stars (2016 Recipient)


  • Martha Arevalo, Executive Director, CARECEN (2015 Recipient)

  • Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation 

  • Victoria Lanier, Executive Director, Education Through Music Los Angeles

  • Daniel McWhirter, Director of Programs, Bresee Foundation (2013 Recipient)

  • Alex Morales, President & CEO, Children's Bureau of Southern California

  • Sean Ostrovsky, Senior Program Officer, The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation

  • Jennifer Price-Letscher, Senior Program Officer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation


  • Lisa Anderson, Veterans Employment Services Manager, The Salvation Army

  • Joseph Castaneda, Executive Director, El Centrito Family Learning Center (2014 Recipient)

  • Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation 

  • Cathy Friedman, Associate Director, Peace Over Violence (2013 Recipient)

  • Samuel Gonzalez, Program Director, Hathway-Sycamores Child & Family Services

  • Joe Womac, Executive Director, Specialty Family Foundation


  • Sam Chan, District Chief, Los Angeles Department of Mental Health

  • Anne Coscarelli, Director, UCLA Simms-Mann Center of Integrative Oncology

  • Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation 

  • Terrie Doizaki, Program Officer, Weingart Foundation

  • Jeff Schaffer, Vice President & Market Leader (Southern California), Enterprise Community Partners

  • Debra Suh, Executive Director, Center for the Pacific Asian Family (2011 Recipient)

  • Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Corporation for Responsible Community Development


  • Liza Bercovici, Executive Director, Gabriella Charter Schools

  • Wendy Chang, Director of Programs, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

  • Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation 

  • Mark Loranger, Executive Director, Chrysalis, Inc.

  • Andrea Marchetti, Executive Director, Jovenes, Inc.

  • Wende Nichols-Julien, Executive Director, The California Conference for Equality and Justice (2012 Recipient)

  • Bill Pitkin, Director of Domestic Programs, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

  • Curtis Shepard, Director, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center


  • Kim Pattillo Brownson, Director of Education, Advancement Project

  • Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation 

  • Tahra Goraya, Director (Western Office), Zero to Three

  • Cristina M. Regalado, Vice President of Programs, The California Wellness Foundation

  • Tim Sandoval, Director of Academy of Young Scholars, Bright Prospect


  • Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation 

  • Elizabeth Benson Forer, CEO, Venice Family Clinic

  • Claire Peeps, Executive Director, The Durfee Foundation

  • Margarita Ramirez, Deputy of Grantmaking, Liberty Hill Foundation

  • Kim Thomas-Barrios, Executive Director, USC Leslie & William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative

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