Jose Ibarra has over two decades of professional experience working with under-represented, marginalized communities, with programs that offer life skills development, housing opportunities, substance abuse services, mental/health treatment and referrals, promoting diversity and youth workforce development opportunities. His career started providing direct care services as a Social Worker Associate and eventually grew in his career, overseeing and managing programs that impacted larger audiences. While in Los Angeles, he dedicated almost 8 years working with the Mayor of Los Angeles' Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, where he was instrumental in the overall growth of the GRYD program. He eventually moved to Indiana, where he worked at the Gary Housing Authority as Director of Resident Services; his main role was to assist residents to live a better quality of life and create paths towards self-sufficiency. He led the efforts of HUD’s designation of the Gary EnVision Center (which focused on Economic Empowerment, Academic Achievement, Character & Leadership and Health & Wellness). Additionally, he was part of the Executive Management team that worked diligently with getting GHA out of HUD Troubled Status and Receivership. He established a network of partners (faith-based, community-based agencies, academic institutes, etc.) and in late 2020, he gave a presentation to the HUD Secretary on the collaboration that led to GHA’s successful COVID-19 Food Drive. He also brought new initiatives (such as ConnectHOMEUSA, AmeriCorps VISTA, Indiana University Northwest’s Social Work interns, etc.), which led to growing the Resident Services team, to better serve the residents of Gary. Additionally, he was elected as a Board Member for Northwest Indiana Community Action, where he provided feedback on its programs to better serve the Northwest Indiana Community. In 2022, he decided to move back to Los Angeles, and he now is the Interim Director of Phoenix Scholars at Long Beach City College, where he will be implementing a newly funded program that helps create a college pathway (by creating a support system) for gang-impacted youth. Jose earned his Bachelors in Community Studies from University of California @ Santa Cruz and his master's in public administration from National University. Although he is in Los Angeles, he is excited to be a new Board Member for My Family's Village, where he hopes his expertise will help the agency flourish.