Ana was born and raised in Los Angeles, moving to the San Fernando Valley in 1977. She was the first in her family to graduate from a university, where she attended her dream school, USC – University of Southern California, with a dual degree in Social Work and Gerontology. She has worked in the “helping” industry all of her career. First, in the medical field, where she worked as a Medical Social Worker for many years, then in the home health field where she was the Administrator for numerous home health care agencies.
After 20 years in health care, Ana moved to her next passion – helping children. She served as CEO for Youth Enterprise Systems of America, Inc, a youth foundation founded by Oakland Raider, Anthony Smith.
In February 1998, Ana joined LA’s BEST, a nationally recognized after school enrichment program. As Director of Operations, Ana was instrumental in leading the growth of LA’s BEST from 29 after school program sites to 147 sites, serving more than 23,000 children per day. Her responsibilities included program administration and evaluation, organizational development, and grant analysis. Her leadership style combines humor and motivational skills – a style valued by the 1,600+ staff who work on the front lines of LA’s BEST programs.
In November, 2005, Ana joined the After-School All-Stars Los Angeles as the current President & Executive Director. Throughout her tenure with the organization, she continues to successfully expand the organization’s delivery of high quality after school programs throughout the Los Angeles area. She is passionate about her work and dedicated to meeting this goal.
Recognized for her dedication and contributions to after school programs which touch the lives of children, families and communities, Ana was one of the first National Afterschool Ambassadors and has been the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the California School-Age Consortium. She is a member of the Western Regional Advisory Board for After School Training; a member of the California Department of Education Regional Learning Center Initiative; a member of the Statewide System of Field Support for the California Department of Education; a member of the California After-School Programs Master Plan Development Steering Committee; and a past member of the City of Los Angeles Children’s Museum Commission, and San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Board of Directors.
Ana spends much of her free time with her family – especially her 3 children, – John, Stefanie and Caitlyn