President & CEO
In June 2018, Mirna (Lupi) Quinteros-Grady stepped into the role of President & Chief Executive Officer of Latin American Youth Center.
Lupi came to the US from El Salvador when she was seven years old, and did not speak English. Her parents made sure to instill in her a great respect for education and hard work. Her connection to LAYC began as a 14-year-old participant in LAYC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Later, as a college student in her first position at LAYC, she served as SYEP program coordinator. LAYC’s Positive Youth Development approach, seeing youth as resources to be developed, and emphasizing strengths-based support, helped Lupi build confidence, self-advocacy, and communication skills that serve her to this day.
Lupi has worked in the field of youth development for 20 years. She has implemented a variety of programs such as Upward Bound and AmeriCorps, and served as LAYC/MMYC’s managing director prior to her current position. She was appointed to the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism from 2008-2010 and is a graduate of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s future executive directors fellowship program. She also served for four years on the Prince George’s County Board of Education, representing district 2. She received a master’s degree 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 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.
Chief Financial and Administration Officer
Bryant Davis began with LAYC in early 2019 as the organization’s Controller and now serves as the Chief Financial and Administration Officer. He is responsible for overseeing and enhancing the administrative, operational, and program-support functions necessary to deepen and expand LAYC’s impact. Also, he leads the financial and administrative team, which includes Finance, Informational Technology (IT), Human Resources (HR), and facility operations.
Prior to LAYC, Bryant was with Discovery Communications where he managed the $200M Education Division. He is familiar with systems implementation and multi-tasking large, complex projects. Bryant prides himself on being highly analytical and skilled at assessing needs, developing solutions, and evaluating results. Bryant is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he received his BS in Accounting and Finance. Outside of his work with LAYC, Bryant is a Founder, White Oak Youth Organization, which mentors youth ages five through fourteen.