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Veteran Civic Leader Joins Board of Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

February 11, 2020

For Immediate Release


Latinos LEAD
Patrick Salazar

Ben Donnenberg

Veteran Civic Leader Joins Board of Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Latinos LEAD facilitates the nomination of Ed Avila to leadership team of venerable performing arts group

Los Angeles – The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) is rolling out exciting plans for its programs and facilities, and has positioned its board of directors to help lead that growth.  SCLA elected Ed Avila, President of Project Restore, to the board where he will join new board chair Wendy Garen, CEO of the Ralph M.  Parsons Foundation, along with a slate of other new board members.

SCLA collaborated with Latinos LEAD to engage Mr.  Avila as a board nominee through “Pathways to LEAD” the board member recruiting component of Latinos LEAD.

“Working with Ed and the team at SCLA has been an encouraging aspect of our board recruiting program development,” said Patrick Salazar, Latinos LEAD Founder and Executive Director.  “This organization is committed to growing its programs to Latino students and veterans in Los Angeles.”

“I am honored to renew my involvement with SCLA,” said Mr.  Avila.  “I worked with them during their early years and they have seen remarkable growth while sustaining their focus on arts in the community.”

Wendy Garen, SCLA board chair added, “Ed will play an important part in our plans to create partnerships with schools, the public sector, and community-based organizations in Los Angeles.”

About Ed Avila: As President of Project Restore for more than 20 years, Mr.  Avila is founding spirit behind the creation of this nonprofit organization committed to historic restoration and revitalization of City of Los Angeles-owned facilities and surrounding neighborhoods.  Mr.  Avila’s prior service to the City of Los Angeles includes positions such as Senior Policy Advisor Board of Public Works, Administrator of the Community Redevelopment Agency, Deputy Mayor in the Tom Bradley administration, and President of the Board of Public Works.

About SCLA: The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles ignites personal growth and social change through excellent, accessible, and inclusive arts experiences inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, with a special focus on empowering underserved youth and veterans with arts-based employment opportunities.  Learn more about SCLA at

About Latinos LEAD: Founded in 2017, Latinos LEAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering programs and services designed to increase the representation of Latinos on the governing boards of nonprofit organizations.  “Pathways to LEAD” and other Latinos LEAD programs were developed with support from The Ahmanson Foundation, the Weingart Foundation and the Ford Foundation.  More information about Latinos LEAD can be found at