Board of Directors
Kristen Green, a Los Angeles native, is a Regional Partnerships & Technical Assistance Manager at REDF. Her role is to identify key stakeholders, establish partnerships, and foster the growth and development of social enterprise ecosystems, such as LA:RISE, in the Southern California region. She has a passion for providing advisory services to social enterprises, and to help them achieve their long term goals for both mission and business success. Kristen received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies, from Loyola Marymount University. She also holds a M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. In her free time, you can find Kristen reading, volunteering at her local animal rescue or visiting the park with Ms. Lois, her beloved retired greyhound.
Vice Chair and Secretary
As a California native, Kaya hopes to make a positive, lasting impact in the Greater Los Angeles area. Kaya currently heads up Children’s Bureau of Southern California’s social enterprise, FAF Software, a research validated, comprehensive data management, assessment and evaluation system used to help hard working child welfare professionals and organizations better serve vulnerable children and their families. She has successfully integrated and implemented the tool with major clients including Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and New York City Administration of Children’s Services. Kaya graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science; she later received an M.A. in Public Administration from USC where she learned that social and financial returns are not mutually exclusive. Kaya serves as the Membership Chair for SEA-LA. Feel free to reach out to her on LinkedIn to learn more about the benefits of joining!
Treasurer and Chair Partnerships Committee
Brett Heeger is an attorney with a passion for community economic development, social enterprise, and neighborhood-level work. He supports a wide range of client companies, leveraging legal tools to support all of their goals from profit and growth, to impact and inclusion. Brett’s law firm, Gartenberg Gelfand Hayton LLP, is a boutique, full-service, corporate and securities firm serving clients in Southern California and around the world. Brett regularly presents and advises on legal matters for new and existing co-ops and social-impact minded businesses in Los Angeles. Brett previously served as the Food System Director at The Enterprise Center-CDC where he supported local food enterprises in Philadelphia with business advising and technical support. He is a Legal Fellow at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and a member of the California Center for Cooperative Development.
Jake is committed to working for equitable long-run economic growth. As an attorney at Sustainable Law Group LLP, he focuses on improving outcomes for individual agents of innovation and development in the marketplace. Through community-based transactional law on behalf of social enterprises, nonprofits and green businesses, Jake’s work helps sustainable, socially powerful businesses grow. In his free time, Jake loves to cook (especially making vegetables taste good), play sports, and enjoy the outdoors.
Co-Chair Membership Committee
Coming from a Latino family spread throughout Greater Los Angeles, Julian developed an interest in social enterprises after joining the Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) in the organization’s first six months of existence. Since then, Julian has assumed the position of Finance Manager while the organization has blossomed from a small startup into a large scale operation. As a board member of SEA-LA, Julian hopes to expose social enterprise leaders to SEA’s many resources to encourage more success stories in the social sector. Julian earned his B.A. from Occidental College, where he studied economics and philosophy, and played for the basketball team. Previous to his time at ImmDef, Julian worked in the private sector at a market research firm before spending a year working and traveling through Central and South America. In his free time, you can find Julian looking for new pockets of LA to explore, working on creative projects, and getting together with friends old and new.
Feel free to reach out to Julian on LinkedIn with any questions about SEA, or just to say hi.
Melody is a marketing strategist with expertise in growth strategy execution, social enterprise management, and impact evaluation. As the Strategic Marketing Manager at Medtronic Neurovascular, she leads a vast spectrum of global marketing initiatives. In her free time, Melody finds joy leveraging her marketing acumen for innovative social enterprises such as Bracken’s Kitchen. Melody came to Southern California by way of England (New Castle), China (Xiamen), Sweden (Stockholm), and the Deep South (Mississippi). She is passionate about cultivating SoCal’s social enterprise culture and connecting the community with the global social impact movement. Connect with Melody on Twitter @melodyuyu.
Chair Communications Committee
Trini is a Field Building Associate at REDF, where she supports the LA:RISE program–a collaboration between social enterprise, workforce systems and personal supports providers helping people facing barriers gain and retain employment. Drawn to innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to social impact, Trini previously worked at a talent agency, where she leveraged her background in the nonprofit space and the power of popular culture to provide philanthropic advisement to clients. She holds a B.A. in Communication for the University of Southern California. As a native Angeleno with a lot of pride in her city, Trini enjoys exploring the SoCal outdoors and taking full advantage of the cultural treasures LA has to offer.
Co-Chair Membership Committee