Board of Directors

Jim Mangia – Board Chair

Jim Mangia, is the President and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers, a network of a dozen nonprofits, federally qualified health centers, and school based clinics providing free medical, dental, and mental health services to more than 200,000 patient in South Los Angeles.

Mangia serves as a State Commissioner on the State of California Workforce Investment Board and was appointed by the Governor as an Expert Advisor to the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force.  He is the Chair of the Public Health & Prevention Task Force for the California Primary Care Organization. Mangia served on the LA Care Health Plan’s Board of Governors from 2008-2012 and was as a member of President Obama’s Health Advisory Task Force.

He is also the founder of the South Los Angeles Health & Human Rights Conference and has built a myriad of innovative partnerships with school districts, government agencies, and community based organizations and schools to increase access to health care services and strengthen the healthcare safety net for impoverished and economically disadvantaged children and their families.

Francisco Cendejas – Board Vice Chair

Francisco Cendejas is an organizer with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) where he focuses on community engagement. Before coming to UTLA he was with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, where he organized workers in the port drayage and waste management sectors.

Prior to that he worked as either an organizer or a research analyst for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. Cendejas graduated with honors from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology & Society and a minor in Urban Studies.

Albert Lowe – Board Secretary

Albert Lowe is the Research Director for SEIU 121RN, a labor union that represents over 8,000 Registered Nurses and Health Care Professionals throughout Southern California. Previous to his work at Local 121RN, he served as the first Campaign Director with the Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles (ACT-LA). Lowe has also held positions at UCLA University Archives, SEIU Long Term Care, UNITE-HERE and was SAJE’s 3rd Associate Director in 2009. He occasionally teaches at Pacific Oaks and Antioch University and holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from UCLA, and an advanced degree from UCSD Ethnic Studies.

Jyotswaroop Bawa – Board Treasurer

Jyotswaroop Kaur Bawa is the Assistant Director at UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program.  She was the Education Director at SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund). In her role at the helm of the Education Initiatives, she is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the organization’s leadership development work with Sikh youth (SikhLEAD) and with broader Sikh community members via the Law Enforcement Partnership Program that trains community members to engage and build dialogue with local law enforcement bodies. She develops the curriculum and coaches leaders as they assume responsibility for bringing the change that is needed to achieve equality for all in America.

Bawa graduated with her MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and received her B.A. in English with a minor in Conflict Resolution from the University of California at Irvine.

Nona Randois – Board Member

As the Southern California Director for AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program, Nona manages AFJ’s Southern California office; builds partnerships with nonprofits and foundations in the region that are engaged in policy advocacy; and builds the capacity of these groups to advocate for policy and systems change by providing legal and practical training, technical assistance, and publications to ensure groups have the knowledge they need to become confident advocates and tools to help them navigate complex advocacy rules.

Nona previously worked as an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where her practice focused primarily on representing nonprofits in community economic development, land use, community benefits agreements, nonprofit tax, real estate, and corporate legal assistance. She also has experience in employment law, strategic planning, and organizational capacity building. She has often engaged in policy advocacy, with an emphasis in workforce development, targeted and local hiring policies.

Nona earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and undergraduate degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Council on Immigrant Integration (a project of the California Community Foundation) and served on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board for over a decade. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Southern California

Dr. Shamsher Samra  Board Member 

Shamsher Samra is a resident doctor in emergency medicine at UCLA and Olive View Medical Centers. He has an interest in liberation medicine and placing healthcare at the service of community organizing to challenge systems of oppression. He completed his medical education at Harvard University where he was involved in harm reduction work, violence intervention programs, and health equity research in India and El Salvador.

Shoshana Kreiger – Board Member

Shoshana Krieger is a staff attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) where she has worked in its Medical Legal Community Partnership and Health Consumer Center. Her work has, focused on the social determinants of health – specifically the relationship between slum housing conditions and family health outcomes.

Kreiger graduated UCLA in 2011 with a joint degree in law and urban planning where she was enrolled in the David Epstein Public Interest Law Program and was the recipient of the Mimi Perloff Fellowship. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a tenants rights’ organizer in New York City and served as a Municipal Services Development Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay.

Jasleen Kohli – Board Member

Jasleen Kohli is the Director of the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law. Kohli has practiced in the areas of civil rights, labor law, and policy development, and her work revolves around integrating Critical Race Theory principles into practice. Prior to joining UCLA Law, Kohli served as policy analyst for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting sustainable economic development. Prior to her position at LAANE, Kohli was an in-house counsel at UNITE HERE Local 11, the union representing hotel and food service workers.

Kohli received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from UC Berkeley with Highest Honors in English Literature, with an emphasis in postcolonial theory.

Orinio Opinaldo – Board Member

Orinio Gregorio Opinaldo was born in Los Angeles and attended St. Agnes Elementary and High School of which he is still an active member in finances, social justice, and liturgy.

He has been a teacher for forty-four years for LAUSD and has taught all elementary grades and served as resource teacher in art, drama, math, writing, and reading. He was chosen as outstanding teacher from the Mayor’s Office when he taught at Fifty-Second Street Elementary (1964-1989), nominated for the Disney teacher award when he taught at Forty-Ninth Street Elementary (1989-2004) and was selected as the 2008 Hero for Harmony Elementary School from LAUSD Board of Education.  (2005-2008)

Advisory Board

Rev. John Cager  

Second AME Church

Jorge Nuño 

Business Owner NTS/Nuevo South

Manuel Pastor

USC Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity

Gloria Serrano

Volunteer Organizer

Jenny Chung Mejia JD

Principal of Jenny Chung Mejia Consulting

Jan Breidenbach

Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Policy and Development at the University of Southern California (USC)