Fred Balderrama, President: Fred Balderrama has extensive experience in local government, having served as the Mayor and a Member of the City Council, City of Monterey Park from 1990 to 2003. He is also active in civic and public policy-making roles, having served as a Commissioner on the Economy & Efficiency Commission, County of Los Angeles, from 1990 to 2017.
Mr. Balderrama is a land use consultant in all aspects of housing and commercial development projects. He represents clients in entitlement applications (Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Modifications, Easements and Land Abatements). He also represents developers in veteran housing and low-and-moderate housing projects.
Mr. Balderrama is a veteran, California Military Academy Graduate 2nd Lieutenant; Fort Sill Oklahoma Field Artillery School Graduate; and Fort Sill Oklahoma Advance F. A. School Graduate 1st Lieutenant.
Mr. Balderrama has been active with the Private Pilot Association; Cattleman Association; Bison Association, and is State Appointed to Asian Advisory.
Theresa Martinez, Vice President: Ms. Martinez currently serves as Executive Director, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce. She has served in this capacity since November of 2013. She oversees fundraising, procurement, policy initiatives, advocacy work, corporate sponsor relationships, program infrastructure, staff management, supporting the vision of the Board of Directors, as well as implementing final board decisions.
Sara Mendez, Secretary-Treasurer: Ms. Mendez serves as compliance officer for financial institutions; she has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate finance. Further, Ms. Mendez has served as an officer of various nonprofit organizations and has expertise in the management and operation of nonprofit organizations.
Leah Bloomfield: Assistant Executive Director: Ms. Bloomfield serves as Assistant Executive Director. She is a public health educator, with an emphasis on whole foods and alternative medicine for healing and recovery. She is responsible for the primary research, coordination, and implementation of health promotion programs that teach participants behaviors that promote health and wellness through healthy lifestyles. Ms. Bloomfield is the organization’s resource for staff, interested individuals, healthcare workers, and the community, for current, state-of-the-art programming and healing and wellness. She is the resident grant-writer for HHO. Bachelors of Science, Health Science -Community Health Education (CSULB, 2016).
Denise Sylva, Community Resource Coordinator: Ms. Sylva serves as Community Resource Coordinator, with a special emphasis on the senior population. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over seven years and has acquired strong experience in serving the senior population. She is responsible for facilitating and promoting community empowerment and planning; she handles all initiatives in order to secure and monitor opportunities for community development. She is responsible for relationship-building with the community, and coordinates directly with community partners, key stakeholders, and volunteers for successful community education and outreach. Health Care Administration Major (CSULB, 2015).
Julia Sylva, Founder, Executive Director and General Counsel: Ms. Sylva is an attorney with expertise in corporate law (including nonprofits), land use, real estate development finance, and medical marijuana. She is a certified mediator and expert in issues related to Elder Law and Elder Abuse (Loyola Law School, 1983).
Ms. Sylva is the Founder and CEO of Healthy Home Options, a nonprofit organization that seeks to be the leading think tank in affordable housing and programming for seniors. HHO staff is expert in public health and issues related to environmental conditions that are hazardous particularly for seniors. HHO seeks to promote safe housing development projects and programming for seniors related to: health, nutrition, finance, alternative medicine and homeownership (and reverse mortgages).