Emerging Leaders

United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Emerging Leaders is a network of passionate young professionals dedicated to developing philanthropic leadership skills. Emerging Leaders build connections with other influential leaders, pursue professional development opportunities, and participate in volunteer initiatives, such as mentoring students in United Way's Young Civic Leaders Program.

Member Benefits

Emerging Leaders donate at least $1,000 annually to United Way of Greater Los Angeles and take advantage of a number of benefits.

+ Learning about and impacting substantive issues affecting Los Angeles County

+ Getting to know and learn from other young, accomplished philanthropic business leaders through networking and volunteer opportunities

+ Invitations to exclusive Emerging Leaders events that offer professional development, networking and thought leadership programs

+ Developing and practicing leadership skills in a new professional setting

+ Recognition in the community as a philanthropic leader

Members may become more deeply involved in Emerging Leaders by serving on a committee.

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Membership Committee

The Membership Committee creates and executes a recruitment and retention strategy for Emerging Leaders. As United Way ambassadors, committee members attend networking events, meet with prospective donors and deliver fundraising presentations.

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Volunteering Committee

The Volunteering Committee creates and executes volunteer opportunities for Emerging Leaders, including the Young Civic Leaders Program and the HomeWalk 5K Run/Walk.

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Programming Committee

The Programming Committee creates and oversees Emerging Leaders programs and events. Committee members also work with the cabinet to seek sponsorships, advance community building efforts and manage member orientation.

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Meet the Emerging Leaders Cabinet

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Amiee Quon

Mechanical Integration Engineer,

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Andrea Valles

Senior Account Manager

UPS

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Brian Petrie

Senior Account Manager,

UPS

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Caroline Choe

Found & Executive Chairwoman,

NewBridge Capital & Trust

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Cassie Phelps

Account Executive,

UPS

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Claudia Andrade, Co-Chair

Community Relations Project Manager,

SoCalGas

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Cynthia Torres

Senior Business Development Officer,

UPS Capital

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Devon Dickau

Manager | Deputy Lead, Diversity & Inclusion Consulting

Deloitte

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Elaine Vilchez, Chair

Manufacturing Manager,

Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.

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Katy Stark, Co-Chair

First Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development

East West Bank 

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Kyle Petersen

Underwriting Analyst

AIG

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Jacob Toups

Executive Director

Merging Vets and Players (MVP)

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Laura Nelling

Assurance Senior Associate

PwC

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Lupe Viramontes, Co-Chair

Production Control Supervisor

Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.

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Melany Zarate

Major Account Manager

Pitney Bowes + Newgistics

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Thai Nguyen

Manager, Special Projects

PCL Construction Services, Inc.

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