Our Board

Esperanza’s board meets 11 times per year on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact us at (213) 748-7285.

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim
Board President

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, Esperanza’s Board President and Executive Director, joined the organization in 1995 as the founding Director of Health Programs. Ms. Ibrahim went on to design Esperanza Community Housing Corporation’s model Community Health Promoters Program, which generated pioneering community health collaboratives in the community. Among these collaboratives are The Los Angeles Healthy Homes Project /Proyecto Hogares Saludables, Rescatando Salud/Health Rescue Immunization Collaborative  and Sonrisas de Esperanza/The Esperanza Smiles Dental Collaborative impact environmental health and slum housing, early childhood immunizations, and oral hygiene, respectively.

Ms. Ibrahim is a founding board member of the Coalition for Community Health the Southern California Healthy Homes Collaborative. She is also on the Founding Board of Trust South L.A. (formerly known as the Figueroa Corridor Community Land Trust).  Ms. Ibrahim represents Esperanza Community Housing Corporation in the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice.

In May 2006, Ms. Ibrahim received the “Helen Rodriguez-Trias Award for Excellence in Community-Based Women’s Health Leadership” from the California State Office of Women’s Health. In 2003, Ms. Ibrahim was welcomed into the UCLA School of Public Health’s Alumni Hall of Fame, recognizing her “outstanding accomplishments in community-based health programs, including community health education and training.” Ms. Ibrahim received her Master of Public Health degree from UCLA, and has worked in the field of women’s health and development for the past twenty years.

Pastor Brian Eklund
Board Chair

Pastor Brian Eklund is a founding member and the Board Chair of Esperanza Housing Corporation. He is also a founding member and past board member of the New City Parish Coalition, a group of eight Lutheran Congregations who have pooled their resources to respond to the social, economic and educational needs of our South Los Angeles communities. An adjunct faculty member of the Pacific Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Pastor Eklund has worked with the NCP Metropolitan Ministry Center to offer both language and urban training for pastors and lay leaders. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice, the Community Police Advisory Council for Southwest Division, and is a member of the USC Lutheran Campus Ministry Board. He has been serving as Pastor for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in South Central Los Angeles for the past 31 years.

 

Penne Hasson
Board Treasurer

Penne Hasson is a Consumer Compliance Manager with U.S. Bank and long-time supporter of Esperanza through prior bank affiliations.  Ms. Hasson is a native of Los Angeles with historical family ties to South Los Angeles. She is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Political Science and an MBA in Finance. Ms. Hasson uses her background in banking and finance to chair the Finance Committee and advise the Esperanza staff and board on financial matters.

Nicole Vick
Secretary

Perica Bell
Board Member

Rudy Espinoza
Board Member

Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of LURN and an urban planner with a passion for neighborhoods, entrepreneur-ism, and financial empowerment. He specializes in designing and managing place-based initiatives, identifying profitable investment opportunities in low-income communities, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socioeconomic revitalization of their neighborhoods. Rudy holds a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.S. in Business Administration.

Michelle O’Grady
Board Member

Takao Suzuki
Board Member

Takao currently serves as the Director of Real Estate for the LTSC Community Development Corporation. He began his tenure at LTSC CDC 13 years ago as a community organizer through the AmeriCorps program and worked with Little Tokyo residents to increase their civic engagement. After joining the Real Estate Development Department in 2004, he has overseen the completion of five projects consisting of approximately 200 affordable housing units along with the Little Tokyo development of the California Japantowns projects. He currently oversees the real estate development of affordable housing projects totaling approximately 300 units, along with the Budokan of Los Angeles, a multipurpose recreation center in Little Tokyo. Takao holds a B.A. in Social Work from the California State University of Los Angeles and an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California of Los Angeles.