ALLIANCE FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
After an extensive strategic planning process and executive search, both part of the organization’s relaunch, the Board of Directors of the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Nadia Diaz Funn. In her new role, she will work to further ABC’s mission of promoting economic prosperity of the Latino community and the Los Angeles region, inclusive of an improved quality of life for Latinos in education, health, and civic participation.
“Nadia is the precise leader Los Angeles needs to relaunch ABC as a coalescing force on the economic, education, and health challenges facing our community,” said Ed Avila, Chair of the ABC Board. “As a first-generation Latina from East Los Angeles who went from Garfield High School to Yale University, to the nation’s capital, and back to L.A. to serve the children of LAUSD, Nadia understands the nature of our challenges as a region and the strength of our partner organizations and the residents we serve to make positive change,” said Avila.
Previously, Nadia worked to close the achievement gap for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable students through various positions at the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was instrumental in the District’s implementation of the new California Local Control Funding Formula, successfully advocated for essential early childhood education funding, and contributed to the development of the District’s Master Plan for English Learners. Nadia was also responsible for the development and implementation of District-wide programs and policies to improve parent engagement, including a $20 million Parent & Family Center Improvement Program, the LAUSD School Volunteer Program, and the expansion of the District’s AmeriCorps VISTA program into the largest education-focused VISTA program in the nation.
Before her tenure at LAUSD, Nadia worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation promoting the organization’s Family Economic Success Initiative nationally, along the Southwest border, and within Indian Country. Her work significantly contributed to the foundation’s mission to develop brighter futures for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social, and health outcomes.
“In Nadia, we have found our new leader with the skills set to build upon ABC’s strengths, partnerships, and successes to ensure that the Latino community has expanded opportunities to meaningfully contribute to the quality of life and economic future of Los Angeles, California, and the nation” said Arturo Vargas, ABC Vice-Chair of the Board.