Senior Management Team
Chief Operating Officer
Puerto Rican born, Sandy Gutierrez joined LAYC as the Chief Operating Officer in 2008. She is responsible for day-to-day operations in D.C. and Maryland and brings over twenty-five years of youth development experience from her work in New York City where she successfully developed exciting youth engagement programs in a multiservice settings.
Before joining the LAYC, Sandy served as Chief Programs Officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. In this role she was responsible for overseeing all of the programs at the clubs in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Prior to moving to the District of Columbia, she served as the Bronx Regional Director for the Children's Aid Society, a nationally recognized multi-service agency dedicated to supporting children and families in crisis. Sandy also served as the Executive Director of metaNetworks Center for the Next America, a national youth leadership development company where she implemented a national youth led research project for the US Department of Education. She launched her career in youth development and organizational development in the CityKids Foundation and has been a consultant to the After School Corporation, New York City Department of Education, Department of Health and United Way of NYC. She has held adjunct positions at Columbia University Teacher's College where she provided training in mediation and conflict resolution and at Vanderbilt University Peabody School teaching Organizational Development.
Sandy has a Master of Science in Public Administration from the College of Human Services in New York City and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pace University .
I am honored to be a part of one of the best premier youth development agencies in the country. I am proud to be a part with the great work the Latin American Youth Center. I believe our youth need opportunities to grow thrive and contribute. Here at LAYC we create and provide them those opportunities.
In 2005 LAYC added a new site to their family of organizations, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC). Operating in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, MMYC’s purpose is to replicate LAYC’s proven model of serving youth. Luisa Montero-Diaz joined the LAYC in October 2005 as the Maryland Managing Director, and is responsible for the start-up and day-to-day management of the Maryland sites.
Luisa comes to LAYC with over twenty years of experience working on a variety of local, national and international projects. Prior to LAYC, she worked for the District of Columbia Government, as Director of Resource Development and as Deputy Director for the Office of Partnerships and Grants Development in the Executive Office of the Mayor. Previous to that, she was the Project Manager for an USAID international development project, which provided training to 1,100 Central Americans in the U.S. Her first job out of graduate school was with Prince George’s County Public Schools. Luisa was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador in the mid-80’s. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University. Luisa lives in Takoma Park, teaches meditation and enjoys time with her son, Julian.
Chief Strategy Officer
As Chief Strategy Officer, Nicole Hanrahan supports LAYC's efforts to grow, replicate best practices, and deepen our work with youth in the region and across the country with a focus on sustainability. Nicole most recently served as a Director at Community Wealth Ventures (CWV) where she helped nonprofits and foundations build social enterprises and improve organizational sustainability. Prior to joining CWV, Nicole spent ten years in community economic development where she ran workforce development programs for low income people in New York, Chicago and Boston. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Chief Development Officer
Elliott Gaskins joined LAYC as Chief Development Officer in 2012. He is responsible for design and implementation of comprehensive fundraising strategies for LAYC in accordance with community needs and LAYC's strategic priorities. Previously, Elliott served as Vice President of Resource Development at America’s Promise Alliance. Among his many accomplishments at America’s Promise was building support for the Grad Nation Campaign, the Alliance’s ten-year effort to mobilize the country to end the high school dropout crisis and ensure young people are prepared to succeed in college, work, and life. Prior to America’s Promise Alliance, Mr. Gaskins worked at nationally renowned organizations including The Aspen Institute, The Nature Conservancy, The Marrow Foundation, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, and Clean and Pure Kids. Elliott serves on the Board of College and Career Connections and volunteers with Manna House, Mentor’s Inc, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and many other organizations. He is a member of Leadership Greater Washington, an organization of change agents in the Greater Washington, DC area. Elliott is a graduate of Temple University where he excelled as a scholar and an athlete. He was an All American in track and field and is currently a university record holder. A two-time Olympic Trials competitor and current American record holder, Elliott has represented the United States at the Track and Field World Championships. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
Chief Financial Officer
James McIntyre became Chief Financial Officer in 2011, after serving three years as Controller at LAYC. He brings over 20 years of experience in accounting, auditing, consulting, and tax. He is responsible for audit preparation, completing monthly accounting close cycles, planning, developing, and implementing necessary changes for growth of the organization, and supervising accounting staff. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Morgan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant Accountant in the state of Maryland.
Director of Learning and Evaluation
Tony Fujs oversees all internal research and evaluation activities at the Latin American Youth Center. As the Director of the Learning and Evaluation Department, he is responsible for supporting information-based decision making and improving organizational performance. He also acts as the liaison between LAYC and all external evaluation projects, like the randomized control trial of our Promotor Pathway. Tony has broad experience in research methods, monitoring and evaluation, and quantitative analysis. Prior to joining LAYC, Tony worked for the United Nations Development Program and the German Cooperation, conducting evaluation and analysis of social and cooperation policies in Latin America. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from the University of Nantes and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.