CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Tamika Farr is a strategically focused Chief Executive Officer holding a bachelor’s degree in child development, a master’s degree in business administration, an executive leadership certification from Cornell University, and over 13 years of nonprofit executive management experience. Tamika Farr’s previous work experience includes serving as Executive Director of El Centro de Amistad. She oversaw the fiscal, staffing, compliance, resource generation, and strategic leadership necessary to advance the agency’s mission.
Tamika also served as Executive Director of the YWCA Pasadena – Foothill Valley, where she directed all functions at the national organization with over 400 members. Tamika honed her fundraising skills as Development Director of Rosemary’s Children’s Services, where she collaborated with the board of directors and staff to create strategies that attracted major donors. Mrs. Farr developed fundraising strategies that increased revenue by 336%.
Tamika Farr is an experienced leader that is passionate about leveling the playing field for disenfranchised communities. Tamika believes that marginalized children and adults hold talent and resilience to aid in their success and the advancement of their families and communities. She sees it as her responsibility to ignite hope and provide the support and resources needed to advance those in need.
Tamika is a consent learner who has served in many leadership and board member roles, including The Association of Community Human Service Agencies; Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women; Valley Industry and Commerce Association, and is a graduate of Leadership Pasadena. She enjoys developing leaders to reach their full potential.
DEPUTY 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.
DIRECTOR OF CHILD CARE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS
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.
DIRECTOR OF FAMILY & PROVIDER ENRICHMENT SERVICES
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.
DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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.