President & CEO
Lupi Quinteros-Grady is president & CEO of Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). She previously served as director for LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC/MMYC) from 2015-2018 and as deputy director from 2005-2015, where she provided 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-Grady was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Governor’s Commission of Service & Volunteerism from 2008-2010 and is a graduate 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 County Board of Education. She holds a master’s in bilingual and special education from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College.
Chief Operating Officer
Patricia Bravo rejoined LAYC in 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer who provides leadership and supervision to a program staff of nearly 200 through a team of department directors. Previously, she worked 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 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 and the information technology, facilities, and human resources staff 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 of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Texas.
Chief Strategy Officer and National Director of the Promotor Pathway®
Susana Martinez became LAYC’s national director of the Promotor Pathway® in 2016 and the chief strategy officer in 2017. She is responsible for the national expansion of LAYC’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 Pathway, and she served as director during the external evaluation of the model as part of the Social Innovation Fund investment. Susana is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) 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 LAYC’s positive youth development curriculum. Susana has over 15 years of experience in the fields of youth development and program management. Susana received her bachelor’s in psychology from Georgetown University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin.