Our Lead Staff

The origins of LA’s BEST as a pilot project of the Mayor’s Office in partnership with LAUSD are still evident today: The President & CEO and administrative staff have offices in Los Angeles’ City Hall, and the Chief Operating Officer and program/operations leadership staff are housed in district offices. We work hand-in-hand to educate kids, keep them safe, and stay as fresh as the streets.


Responsible for fundraising, communications, finance and administration.

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Eric Gurna President & CEO
Connie Aguilar Administrative Assistant
Beatriz Amaro Finance Associate
Laura Beebe Director of Public Partnerships
Kirby Chong Controller
Sharon Feder Director of Strategic Partnerships
Aretta Frazier Development Associate
Christine Harris Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Sylvia Hernandez Transportation Coordinator
Navneet Kaur Development Assistant
Robin Manzer Director of Institutional Giving
Amber Martinez Vice President of Development
Lorena Parra Database Manager
Jessica Savage Grant Writer


Responsible for day-to-day program operations, staff development and training, and curriculum development.

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Debe Loxton Chief Operating Officer
Edith Ballesteros Director of BEST Fit
Lynette Bynoe Director of Volunteers
Jennifer Cano Director of Digital Learning
Ronnie Cavalluzzi Director of Student Support Services
Regino Chavez Director of Evaluation
Maria Cuevas Regional Director
Mario Davila Director of ASAP
Deanna Galarza Regional Director
Ann Marie Johansen Director of Operations - Finance
Oscar Lopez Director of Technology
Stela Oliveira Director of Education
Richard Prieto Citywide Events Coordinator
Dee Ann Rivera Director of Operations
Rebecca Turner Director of Program Compliance
Zachary Wilson Director of Staff Development