Pilar Buelna currently serves as the Divisional Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army’s California South Division, which covers nine counties from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Services under her purview include child development and youth centers, emergency housing for families, transitional housing for veterans, permanent housing for families living with AIDS, mental health services, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
She sits on the board of Los Angeles County Emergency Food and Shelter Program and in 2016 Mayor Garcetti appointed her to the Cultural Heritage Commission. She is a founding member of Equitas Academy Charter School, located in the Pico Union Community where she was raised.
Ms. Buelna began her career as a children’s social worker with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and at City of Hope National Medical Center as a medical social worker.
She received a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University, a Bachelors in English Literature from California State University Northridge, and is a licensed psychotherapist in the state of California.
Board Member, Governance Committee (Chair), Audit CommitteeAttorney, Christie, Parker, Hale, LLC
Board Member, Governance Committee, Advocacy CommitteeConsultant, Annenberg Foundation
Tyler Bell is a graduate of Morehouse College where he earned his degree in Political Science. After college, Tyler has actively continued to pursue his passions in people, education and technology. He has taught high school, worked on Capitol Hill, and helped lead a startup to achieve incredible success serving as their Head of Talent. Currently, Tyler is serving as a Consultant for the Annenberg Foundation where he is utilizing his skills and background to scale Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion efforts across the Tech and Venture Capital ecosystem in Los Angeles.
Wealth Management Advisor, TIAA
Josephti Cruz has been a Wealth Management Advisor with TIAA for 6 years, both in in their Los Angeles and New York offices, where she specializes in providing financial planning solutions for her individual clients. Having served In the financial services industry for over 19 years, most notably with AllianceBernstein, Josephti held a variety of client service, marketing, and management roles in their Private Client, Institutional and Retail divisions as a Vice President. Prior to joining TIAA, she was a financial advisor at Chase Private Client and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where she worked with high net worth individuals to streamline and simplify their financial lives. Josephti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA. She holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 registrations in addition to maintaining licenses Life, Accident and Health insurance and Variable Annuities in all appropriate jurisdictions.
Kim Ishikawa is the Director of Annual Giving at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She has the privilege of connecting with the museum’s supporters to share the impact of their philanthropy and engage them with LACMA’s collection and exhibitions, curatorial projects, and educational programs. During her four years at the museum, she has helped raise over $8 million in revenue. Kim is a native angeleno with a career in nonprofit development, previous organizations include National Public Radio (NPR) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Kim holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA.