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Lisa Cahill
Interim Executive Director

Lisa Cahill joined Pathways LA as the Deputy Executive Director in July 2020, with over a decade of non-profit experience. Lisa oversaw the strategic visioning process at TreePeople, directed the partnership with Mayor Garcetti’s “Save the Drop” campaign and was a co-founding chair of the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance. Lisa has also served on the board of directors for the reDiscover Center and is an Advocacy Coordinator for JDRF. She has written for the Huffington Post and has been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A native Texan, Lisa credits her grandparents for teaching her the value of hard work and kindness. Lisa’s primary motivator for wanting to do good in the world are her two amazing children. Her family enjoys hiking with their two rescue Labradors, going to the beach and gardening.

Araceli Quintero

Araceli Quintero joined Pathways LA in 1999 as a Specialist in our Resource and Referral Department, helping parents locate and access quality child care. In her current Director capacity, she oversees all three of Pathways LA’s subsidy departments, working closely with managers and directors to ensure our programs reach as many families as possible. Araceli is responsible for program efficiency, customer service improvements, community outreach efforts and helping parents navigate the complex landscape of child care subsidies and social services.

Sally Valenzuela

Sally Valenzuela has been with Pathways LA since 1998 and currently serves as Director of Family and Provider Enrichment Services. She began as a Case Manager, and now uses her decades of experience in child development and early care and education to oversee programming and act as a community liaison to promote and maintain partnerships. Sally holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University, Long Beach, and has completed the Nonprofit Leadership Development Program with the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Executive Management Development Program for Entrepreneurs at UCLA, and the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies’ Executive Management Leadership Institute.

Jason Harris

Jason Harris joined Pathways LA in 2019 with more than a decade of success in fundraising, public affairs and community organizing. In partnership with the Board of Directors, Jason is leading the organization’s effort to amplify its impact and elevate the community Pathways LA serves. Jason began his career organizing students at the University of Wisconsin around social justice issues. He moved to Washington D.C. to lead the Embassy of Israel’s partnership strategy with North American universities. He also served as the Assistant Regional Director at the American Jewish Committee, where he led campaigns to promote dialogue among diverse communities regarding issues such as energy security and immigration reform. Most recently Jason was a Donor Relations Officer at the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Jason obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida.

In Memoriam of Jessie Salazar
Executive Director

It is with deep sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Pathways LA Executive Director, Jessie Salazar on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

As a leader, Jessie made many indelible contributions to our organization over the course of 27 years at Pathways LA. His unwavering commitment towards improving the lives of all children and their families was inspiring and central to his work. For more than 27 years Jessie gave 110% of himself: whether it was creating a new program, advocating for policy change, or collaborating with others on various boards. His conviction and dedication have left a lasting legacy. His loss is immeasurable to our Pathways LA family. Jessie’s absence will be felt by many who were fortunate to cross his path, and he will be remembered fondly.

His work in the community and his determined disposition for serving the most vulnerable population has left a lasting impression with our staff, our partners and our community. He was an incredibly cherished leader and mentor to all who worked with him. As such, we are committed to building and furthering Jessie’s vision to create a path to educational excellence for every individual we serve. He challenged everyone to do their best, and his determination to do good in the world will have lasting impacts for decades to come.