Homeboy Industries

Los Angeles is home to the largest, most enduring anti-gang program in the country. Homeboy Industries (HBI) and its executive director, Father Greg Boyle, have long received local, national and international attention for their success [...]

Project Fatherhood

In 2010, I participated in the development of a groundbreaking project in Jordan Downs, one of the poorest communities in Los Angeles – which reports an employment rate of 50% and extensive gang crime. Given [...]

The California Endowment

I work extensively with The California Endowment (TCE), currently serving as the Evaluation and Learning Specialist in Boyle Heights for TCE’s expansive Building Healthy Communities Initiative. This work also includes TCE’s Sons and Brothers Initiative. [...]

Beit T’Shuvah

This residential treatment center began its organizational existence as a prison reentry project but quickly evolved into a program designed to treat addictions and behaviors ranging from substance abuse to compulsive gambling. Under the leadership [...]


For the past two years, I have been deeply involved with the citywide evaluation of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program (GRYD). From 2015-2018, I will be serving as the [...]

Watts Center for Nonprofit Management

In 2013 a UCLA Luskin Center for Civil Society report described “human services deserts” within Los Angeles County including Watts, an impoverished pocket of South Los Angeles. In response to this report along with my [...]

Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM)

In March 2012, along with Dr. Todd Franke, the California Community Foundation provided us with a grant to evaluate the impact of the BLOOM initiative. BLOOM is designed to redirect Black male youth aged 14-18 [...]

Leap and Associates

For more than fifteen years, Leap and Associates has focused on delivering culturally sensitive, participatory action evaluation research that both informs and facilitates systems change and social transformation. In collaboration with Karrah Lompa and Dr. [...]

UCLA Health and Social Justice Partnership

The hub for my research at UCLA, the Health and Social Justice Partnership originally emerged from three separate and interrelated efforts: (1) the collection of longitudinal life histories at Homeboy Industries and other gang intervention/youth [...]