LAYC Associate Board
LAYC's Associate Board is composed of young professionals that focus on developing new corporate and individual donor support, professional development and training opportunities, and a base of volunteers for LAYC. In addition to introducing LAYC to new supporters, networks, and institutions, the LAYC Associate Board coordinates fundraising events to benefit the agency.
Jose Contreras is an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, with over 15 years of experience in web-based systems development. As a native Washingtonian, he has volunteered for and served on the leadership for various local and national community-based organizations, focusing on youth and educational achievement. Contreras joined the LAYC Associate Board to share his experience and continue serving our youth. He holds a Bachelor of Science in information technology management from the University of Maryland University College. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cycling and running.
Caroline is the vice president of partner engagement at America's Promise Alliance, a national nonprofit that raises awareness about issues pertaining to at-risk youth. Brachman's experience includes project and program management, policy writing, partnership building, strategic planning, and event planning. Her true passion lies in enhancing the effectiveness of youth-serving nonprofits. Brachman has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University and a Master of Science in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the LAYC Associate Board to make a difference in the lives of young people in her community. In her spare time, Brachman enjoys cooking and playing softball.
Claudia works for the Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Federal Procurement Center, where her office works with minority-owned firms to have better access to federal procurement officials and prime contractors across the country. She also has 10 years’ experience working for Investment Management firms in New York City. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and has a Master’s in Public Administration. Claudia joined the LAYC Associate Board to get involved with the D.C. metro communities that support youths and their families. In her spare time she volunteers for various civic groups and enjoys traveling.
Kevin Bauer is the Support Services Manager at Year Up - National Capital Region, a workforce development nonprofit, which provides training, experience, and support to urban young adults pursuing professional careers and higher education. Bauer has worked with youth for over six years, including two years as a social worker at LAYC’s Independent Living Program Apartments. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and received his master’s in social work from the University of Chicago. Bauer joined the Associate Board to support LAYC’s work with young people and families seeking personal empowerment and positive change in their lives.
Emmanuel serves as policy advisor for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He is also a budget analyst at the Department of Education. Prior to his current position, he worked at Abt Associates, National Council on Teacher Quality, Nevada Policy Research Institute, and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. In his spare time, he volunteers with various civic education groups around Washington, DC. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Policy from The George Washington University.
Daniela de la Piedra has been a staff attorney at AARP/Legal Counsel for the Elderly since 2008, providing legal services to older low-income DC residents. She focuses on social security, public benefits, consumer law, tax, and Latino outreach. De la Piedra received her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American studies from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctorate from American University. She is currently working towards a Master in Public Administration at George Mason University. De la Piedra is also a commissioner of the Hispanic National Bar Association's Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Field. In her spare time, de la Piedra enjoys running, traveling, and mentoring younger women.
Alberto Dominguez is an a Employment Advisor and Career Consultant in Washington, D.C. Dominguez has over 10 years experience in career and educational development, program management, and educational advocacy. He specializes in designing, coordinating, marketing, and facilitating educational, career, and leadership workshops in the D.C. metropolitan area. He joined the Associate Board to continue his passion to work with viable organizations to assist youth in their social and educational development. A native New Yorker, Dominguez graduated from Syracuse University where he attained degrees in Political Science and International Relations and holds certifications as a career coach and youth development specialist.
Inez Gomez is an administrative coordinator at the Strategic Education Research Partnership Institute in Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts in communications with a public relations emphasis from Marymount University. She has over six years experience in event planning and logistical coordination. Gomez joined the LAYC Associate Board to support and promote the programs for minority youth which is essential to their development for future growth. Her passions include biking, watching movies, spending time with family and friends and giving back to her community through her sorority, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.
Amilcar Guzman is an associate, National and Federal Policy Initiatives at the Data Quality Campaign. In this position, he works at the federal level to support the effective development and use of statewide longitudinal data systems to track student educational achievement. Guzman joined the LAYC Associate Board to give back to his community and continue his long-standing commitment to the educational and social development of Latino youth. He holds an Master of Arts in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from Lycoming College.
Nicole Macias is the multicultural program manager for AARP Driver Safety where she oversees multicultural outreach to volunteers and communities. She has ten years of experience working with Hispanic advertising agencies in Arizona and New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and communications from Arizona State University. Macias joined the Associate Board after volunteering with other programs and realizing her passion for mentoring youth would perfectly fit the mission and needs of LAYC. In her free time Nicole enjoys cooking, dancing and traveling.
Cecilia Majors is a senior college program specialist at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She is responsible for the management of the congressional internship program, which provides leadership opportunities to over 60 students each year. Majors is excited to be working with LAYC as she has a passion to advancing educational and leadership opportunities for Latino youth. Majors embraces her Hispanic heritage from Ecuador. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Latino studies from New York University.
Dania Matos works at private law firm in Washington, D.C. She has over eight years of experience in international trade, immigration and environmental law. She is a graduate of Brown University where she attained a bachelor's degree in international relations and Catholic University's Columbus School of Law where she received her J.D. She joined the Associate Board to continue her keen commitment to serving youth in her community through advocacy, volunteerism and leadership. In her spare time, Matos enjoys continuing active engagement in her community through various service and community organizations.
Rahul Reddy is a senior analyst at The Advisory Board Company, working on corporate strategy and new technologies for hospitals. He has served on education, employment and Type 2 Diabetes awareness projects and is excited to join the LAYC Associate Board and contribute to the community. Reddy studied at the University of Pennsylvania, has federal, electronics, and health care consulting experience as a consultant at IBM. In his spare time, Reddy enjoys traveling, studying languages, and hiking.
Jason Resendez is the Director of Corporate Relations and Development at LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC), the education arm of LULAC, the nation’s largest and oldest Latino civil rights organization. At LNESC, Resendez oversees strategy development, fundraising, and communications efforts. Previous to LNESC, Resendez held positions at the communications agency Penn, Schoen, and Berland Associates and the World Bank Group. He currently sits on the Ronald McDonald House/ HACER scholarship committee, which has awarded $20 million in scholarships to nearly 14,000 Hispanic students. Resendez is a native of Texas and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in government.
Ratna Talati is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker for Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia. With over seven years of social work experience, Talati has dedicated her life’s work to youth and family advocacy. In addition, she has volunteered her time to empower underserved populations both locally and internationally. Talati holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Talati joined the LAYC Associate Board to continue to support minority youth on their journey to a successful adulthood.
Seema Thomas supports the Global Partnership for Social Accountability at the World Bank. Thomas has expertise in housing and education issues, working in many East Coast cities, Panama, India, and Laos. She received an engineering degree from University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University, and a Master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University. Thomas joined the LAYC Associate Board, because she believes youth are the best investment we can make for the future. In her spare time she likes to read and laugh a lot.
Sara Toland is the Senior Manager for Workforce Readiness at Corporate Voices for Working Families, where she manages employer engagement across the workforce readiness agenda and ensures business is active in solutions to support the talent development pipeline. Toland has ten years of experience working with local, national and public and private partners to improve the lives of working families. She previously served as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director at the Governor’s Office for Children in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science/political communications and a minor in history from St. Francis University. Toland joined the LAYC Associate Board to impact the lives of young adults in the D.C. and Maryland region.
Stephen Seed is the senior program officer at the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) located in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the planning and execution of CNHED's training institute, and the communications and special events for the organization. Seed earned a bachelor's degree in public policy with a minor in African American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is excited for the opportunity to serve on the LAYC Associate Board and increase his personal commitment to our shared community.
Jennifer Vasquez is a bi-lingual executive with over 12 years of international relations, strategic planning, organizational management, diversity initiatives, and integrated marketing communications experience. She has worked in diverse industries and is currently a strategic consultant, offering business solutions to a number of local businesses and national non-profits. Vasquez received a Bachelor of Arts in international politics and a Bachelor of Arts in government from George Mason University. She holds a Master of Science in international and intercultural studies and Latin American and Caribbean studies from Florida International University, and completed an Executive Business Program at the University of Miami. Vazquez has worked for over a decade on issues impacting the Latino community and is excited to support LAYC’s mission.