Amber Holley Melius named Board Chair of LA’s BEST Friends

Six new members join young professionals board

July 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES — LA’s BEST is proud to welcome Amber Holley Melius as the new Board Chair for LA’s BEST Friends. Ms. Melius previously held the position of Vice Chair and is supported in her new role by Senior Vice Chair Melanie Marconi and Junior Chair Jordan Kaye. Together, they lead the dynamic young professionals board made up of 24 dedicated individuals. Under Ms. Melius’s leadership, six new members join the BEST Friends board this year – Matt Clemo, Paul Keltner, David Lessoff, Michael Lynn, Claire Nilsson, and Julie Paluch.

LA's BEST Friends supports the LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program by connecting diverse young professionals and students to each other and their communities through volunteering, fundraising, public outreach and community building. During fiscal year 2011/2012, BEST Friends hosted two signature fundraising events as well as monthly volunteer opportunities. Through their efforts, the group raised over $230,000 for LA’s BEST.

About LA’s BEST

LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 189 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. LA’s BEST is part of Beyond the Bell, whose mission is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. For more information, please visit