Team

Our programs create big impact at a very small cost, run with minimal paid staff assistance. Our volunteer board and volunteer Executive Director work hard to ensure our money goes to the neighborhood, not overhead. Our board members help oversee every aspect of our nonprofit’s day-to-day existence, from programming to finance.

Rochelle McAdam

Rochelle McAdam

Board President
Rochelle McAdam is the Board President of Urban Partners Los Angeles. She grew up in the Westlake/Pico Union neighborhood, graduating from Berendo Junior High School and John Francis Polytechnic High, now Trade Tech. She has served the community since the 1980’s and oversaw the Groceries for our Neighbors food distribution from 1995 to 2020. Rochelle is in her 90s and still active in the community she loves.
Jeff Stanzler

Jeff Stanzler

Jeff and his family have been volunteering at “Without Limits for Math and Reading” for almost 4 years. His five-year-old son Nikolaihas practically grown up there. For the Stanzlers, “Without Limits” is not just a chance to give back with our time and donations, but it’s also an opportunity for us to see first hand what the power of a well run, homegrown, community program can do.

A filmmaker drawn to stories looted from the tumult of our times, Jeff Stanzler was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for SORRY,HATERS and has films that have played in the Sundance, Toronto, Venice and AFI film festivals. He has directed an array of award winning actors such as Robin Wright, Tim Roth, James Gandolfini, Sam Jackson, Julianna Magulies, Sandra Oh – as well as working with notable Producers: Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Waters, John Sloss and HBO. Recently, he has started to explore new mediums and is the process of completing a VR film series, “STATE POWER.”

Irene Montantes

Irene Montantes

Irene Montantes is an Indigenous Apache/Mexica and a mother of two, with a unique background. Irene completed numerous academic/educational courses in social work that led to employment from 2002 – 2010 with organizations like FOTF – Young parents’ program, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and as an Addiction Counselor. Irene grew a passion for social Justice and began her journey as a human rights and civil rights activist in 2012. Irene has been a part of several movements, including Divest LA as a founding team member, media leader & Director of Community Outreach, Street Team leader for Public Bank LA and active roles with Indigenous Rights, No DAPL & the anti-GMO protests.

Since her journey as an activist she contributed to establishing Revolution LA. Currently, she is a News Reporter with KPFK Radio – Pacifica Evening News and a Board Member of Urban Partners Los Angeles, a Non-Profit organization that helps creates and encourages charitable programs of education, health, social service and community activity for impoverished people living in the Westlake – Koreatown neighborhoods. Irene’s human rights and social work is not just for the communities that she loves, it’s for her two boys, Isaiah age 5 and Jacob age 16, whom she supports by working at a Law Firm as an Assistant to an Attorney.

Collin Campana

Collin Campana

Collin is an actor and native of Cleveland, Ohio. He became involved with the COVID-19 Emergency Food Bank in the summer of 2020, serving neighbors weekly on the frontline distribution crew. He is an active volunteer with UPLA and now serves as the organization’s Administrator.

Victor Casas

Victor Casas

Victor is an Organizer for Revolution LA and Divest LA. He is tired of being a bystander, inspired by the great possibilities of humanity.

Deynsi Claro

Deynsi Claro

Deynsi is the Program Director of the Without Limits tutoring program.

Mo Allen

Mo Allen

Mo Allen is an actor living in Pasadena with husband, Tyler, and new baby, Josephine Jane. Mo serves as the Secretary of the Board of UPLA and has been active in volunteering with the Tutoring Program and Cultural Enrichment Program. She loves connecting with the kids and their families. Mo is also a member of First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles where she served on the board for three years, two of which she served as the board secretary. She is grateful for the partnership between UPLA and First Church and the shared commitment to serving our community.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin has been a supporter of UPLA for over ten years. He believes particularly that the availability of quality learning opportunities can empower communities in transformitive ways over just one or two generations. Kevin has been a software engineer for over thirty years, most recently at Youtube developing frameworks for their iOS and Android applications. He has the world-champion cat Lelly, and is trying hard to learn Chinese.

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