The Carl & Roberta 
Deutsch Foundation

Meet the 2019 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

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.

Chris Ko

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

Chris Ko serves as the Director of Homeless Initiatives for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, managing Home For Good. In this role, he has led California's broadest community-based effort to end homelessness, doubled participation in the homeless count, directed the coalition that created and passed historic ballot measures around homelessness. He also led the architecture of the Coordinated Entry System, which went on to become a national model after boosting priority housing placements by over 500%. He has enjoyed seeing different approaches to social change, being an officer at an after-school program in West Philadelphia, managing IT at a Liberian Refugee Camp Self-Help Initiative, and serving in the Mayor’s Office. As an economic development policy aide, he helped launch the Bank on LA initiative, which went on to bring 10,000+ Angelenos into the financial mainstream. The Coro Foundation also named him a Public Affairs Leadership fellow through which he worked on special projects for the District Attorney, the largest city workers labor union, a local NPR affiliate, and the LA School District. Chris began his work as an Urban Studies major at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also named one of Next City's 40-under-40 Vanguards, Empowerment Congress's 40-under-40 civic leaders in LA, and one of Stratiscope's Impact Makers to Watch. He happily serves on the board of Brilliant Corners, having also served on the boards of Coro Southern CA and the Supply Education Group.

Diana Pinto

Executive Director, South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project 

Diana Pinto has dedicated her life to working in the nonprofit sector in order to empower people from low-income communities, especially women and children. As the daughter of an immigrant mother who grew up in Los Angeles under very difficult financial situations, she really connected with South Central LAMP’s mission. She joined South Central LAMP in March 2009 as the Family Advocate, was promoted to Program Director in November 2009, and named Executive Director in January 2014. During her tenure, Diana has been instrumental in the organization's successful program outcomes, high retention and attendance rates, increased financial stability, as well as creating new partnerships and strengthening existing collaborations. In addition to augmenting program services for the families South Central LAMP serves, Diana has brought attention to the needs of the South Central community at large. Diana has a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies, with an emphasis in Grassroots Organizations. She was named a 2017 “SHero” by the office of Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. for her outstanding leadership and commitment to strengthening families in South Los Angeles.

Irene Quevedo

Executive Director, Operation Jump Start  |  2018 HALO Awardee

Irene Quevedo joined Operation Jump Start (OJS) in 2009. She received a dual Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a Latina born and raised in an underserved community, she is indelibly passionate about the work done at Operation Jump Start. With almost two decades of experience in the non-profit sector focused on serving families and children, her passion for the students OJS serves and the organization’s mission is second to none. She works closely with the agency’s Board of Directors to oversee all office operations including human resources management, technology, marketing, enrichment and academic programming, fundraising efforts as well as financial management systems. Irene enjoys hosting dinner parties for friends and family, spending quality time with her fun-loving husband and three children, as well as traveling!

Mark Supper

President & CEO, Youth Emerging Stronger

Mark Supper was introduced to the Los Angeles nonprofit sector when a friend recruited him to conduct street outreach to the homeless on behalf of Foundation House. The work ignited Mark’s sense of purpose, and when he was asked if he wanted a staff job – as the agency’s Development Director – he accepted the opportunity to engage in on-the-job training. Later, he became the agency’s Associate Director and helped Foundation House grow to become P.A.T.H. Mark’s passion for making change and providing shelter for the homeless and marginalized led him to positions as Western Regional Director of Enterprise Community Partners; Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity—Greater Los Angeles; and Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, where he built the first facility in the nation to address housing for low-income LGBTQ elders. He took the helm at Los Angeles Youth Network (YES’s former name) in December 2011.

Keren Taylor

Executive Director, WriteGirl  |  2017 HALO Awardee

Keren Taylor has been a community leader for two decades. In 2001, she founded WriteGirl with the idea of leveraging the skills of women writers to inspire teen girls. Keren has overseen WriteGirl’s expansion into a thriving community of women and teen writers and an organization that helps hundreds of Los Angeles girls annually. In November 2013, WriteGirl was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest national honor awarded to exemplary after-school and out-of-school time programs from across the country. In 2014, Keren was selected as a CNN Hero, recognizing her efforts to leverage the professional skills of women writers to help youth. Keren serves on the board of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, and she is currently a member of the Barbie Global Advisory Council. Originally from Vancouver, BC, Canada, Keren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, a Piano Performance Degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and a Diploma from the American Music and Dramatic Academy, New York City.


Jennifer Vanore

President & Chief Operating Officer, UniHealth Foundation

Established in 1998, UniHealth Foundation is an independent private health care foundation committed to being a pace-setter in health philanthropy, while provoking and sustaining changes that positively impact health outcomes. Jennifer Vanore joined UniHealth Foundation in 2015, having previously served as Program Manager for The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities. Jen received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where her research focused on the social, economic and political development of the hospital industry in Los Angeles County. Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the nearly $15 million in annual grantmaking and the day-to-day functions of the Foundation. She also works closely with the Board to support innovative new programs and services to improve population and community health outcomes throughout Southern California. Jennifer currently sits on the Los Angeles Regional Homeless Advisory Council and serves on the Commission of Recreation and Parks for the City of Pasadena.