About this event
Are you an LA County-based nonprofit organization? Learn how to help your organization expand and grow through the recently launched LA County Economic Opportunity Grant program, which has recovery grant opportunities for nonprofits impacted by the pandemic. You’ll also find out about an open procurement to provide workforce development services in the region.
Who should attend:
Nonprofits that were financially affected by COVID-19, and nonprofits that provide workforce development services in the region.
Kristina Meza – Assistant Director, Workforce Development, County of Los Angeles Department of Economic Opportunity
Kristina joined DEO after serving as Chief of CalWORKs, or TANF Director, for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). Prior to that role, Kristina oversaw CalFresh Policy and led the CalFresh Employment & Training program for the state. Kristina started her career in L.A. County as an eligibility and intake specialist assisting youth through WIOA funded services and several state-funded grants. This work led to an opportunity with the Orange County Development Board as an Administrative Manager, where she was responsible for transitioning CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work programs to a local nonprofit. Through the transition, Kristina joined the non-profit Orange County Asian & Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) to expand on efforts to increase wrap-around service access and broader system alignment through innovative practices.
Danny Kelleher – Assistant Director, Economic Development, County of Los Angeles Department of Economic Opportunity
Danny oversees the department’s development branch that includes the Office of Small Business, which directly supports entrepreneurs and small businesses as they start up and grow; an economic development programs division that includes capital development projects and a façade improvement program; and a policy and strategy team. The Department of Economic Opportunity was established in July 2022 to encompass both workforce development and economic development, working to create quality jobs, help small businesses and high-road employers start and grow, and build vibrant local communities and spaces. Danny started his career as L.A. County’s first Management Fellow, and advanced through progressively more responsible roles in the Department of Human Resources and the Chief Executive Office before joining the Department of Economic Opportunity. He received a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine Law in 2012 and graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in psychology.