President & CEO
Lori Kaplan is the President & CEO of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). She has led LAYC to its national prominence as an award-winning network of youth programs in Washington DC since 1987. Under Kaplan’s direction, LAYC has helped guide thousands of low-income youth to better opportunity, while creating pioneering organizations and public charter schools. Kaplan serves on the board of DC Alliance for Youth Advocates, and Youth Radio and Youth Media International, and serves as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative America on the Reconnecting Youth work group. Kaplan has received numerous awards including Washingtonian of the Year in 1997, the Lewis Hine Award for her work on child labor issues, the Children’s Champion award by DC Action for Children, Community Champion Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and being named one of Washington’s 50 influencers by the Washington Informer Charities.
Chief Operations Officer
Patricia Bravo rejoined the LAYC in 2015 as the interim Chief Operating Officer where she is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to a program staff of nearly 200 through a team of seven program directors. Previously, she had been working as a consultant for foundations and nonprofits across the country in the areas of Youth Development and Nonprofit Management. Patricia was a part of the LAYC family earlier in her career as the Founding Executive Director of the LAYC’s YouthBuild Public Charter School and the Director of the LAYC Youth Opportunities and YouthBuild programs. She has also worked as an appointee of the Clinton Administration at the Administration for Children and Families, and as an organizer and advocate for low-income children and families at the Children’s Defense Fund. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska.
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Humphrey Mensah joined LAYC in March 2016 as its Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO). As the CFAO, Humphrey supervises all financial activities, Information Technology, Facilities and Human Resource of the organization. He is also a member of the senior management team and a strategic partner to the CEO and the board of directors. Mr. Mensah joined LAYC after a decade at the Calvert Social Investment Foundation, where he served in positions of increasing responsibility, first as Vice President & Controller, then as Deputy CFO & Chief Technology Officer, and finally as Acting CFO. He has extensive accounting, financial, and strategic planning experience with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, launching Calvert’s Federal Grant Management program, managing its payroll and benefits plans, and serving as Chief Compliance Officer for its SEC affiliate. Mr. Mensah also has held finance positions at AES Corporation, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Washington Gas. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Texas.
Chief Development Officer
Barbara Myers joined LAYC in August 2014 as Chief Development Officer and is responsible for the design and implementation of comprehensive fundraising and communications strategies for LAYC in accordance with community needs and LAYC’s strategic priorities. Barbara comes to LAYC with over thirty years of experience working on a variety of local, national and international projects. Prior to LAYC, she worked for Catholic Relief Services in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Stewardship, Major Gifts where she led a team in charge of donor communications; proposal development; stewardship reporting; general cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies; and events and VIP programs to engage major donors. Previous to that, she was the Special Assistant to Vice President, U.S. Operations where she established five regional offices of Catholic Relief Services in the U.S. and led the creation of a system to monitor the effectiveness of U.S. programs.
Director, Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers
Lupi Quinteros-Grady became the Acting Director for the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) in 2015. She previously served as Deputy Director for MMYC for ten years. MMYC is a division of the Latin American Youth Center that is serving minority and immigrant youth by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive programs in education, employment, and social services. She provides executive management expertise in the oversight of three sites in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties serving over 1,000 young people annually. She has worked in the field of youth development for 19 years and has implemented a variety of programs such as Upward Bound, Workforce Programs and AmeriCorps. Quinteros was appointed as a Commissioner serving on the Governor’s Commission of Service & Volunteerism in 2008-2010 and is a graduate of of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s Future Executive Directors Fellowship Program 2010-2011. In 2014, she was elected to represent District 2 on the Prince George’s Board of Education. She has her Master’s in Bilingual & Special Education from the George Washington University and her Bachelor’s from Goucher College.
National Director of the Promotor Pathway®
Susana Martinez, LICSW, became the National Director of the Promotor Pathway® in 2016. She is responsible for the national expansion of the Latin American Youth Center’s Promotor Pathway®, an intensive case management model for disconnected and disengaged youth. Susana was a key member of the LAYC team that first developed the Promotor Pathway®, and served as Director during the external evaluation of the model as part of the Social Innovation Fund investment. Prior to her work with the Pathway, Susana launched the Teen Bridge Program, LAYC’s first congregate care facility for young girls in the foster care system. Susana is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has worked with Latino communities in Texas and Washington, DC, and has expertise in providing clinical and case management services to immigrant families, victims of domestic violence, and youth and families within the child abuse and neglect system. In addition, she has been a lead trainer and writer for the LAYC’s Positive Youth Development curriculum. Susana has presented research and best practices at various national conferences and has over 15 years of experience in the field of youth development and program management. Susana received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Georgetown University and her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.