SELA Collaborative Team
Dr. Wilma Franco – Executive Director
Dr. Wilma Franco serves as Director of the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative and holds a doctorate degree in Education – Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Dr. Franco successfully defended a dissertation entitled, “Employer’s Perception of Their Role in Student Learning and Skill Development: A Qualitative Case Study.” Dr. Franco completed her undergraduate work at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned her BA in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies with a minor in Public Policy. During her time at UCLA she worked closely with the NAID Center researching the economic impact of post-1986 immigration reform.
Dr. Franco went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), where she also completed a certificate in Public Management. Dr. Franco has over ten years of experience in overseeing nonprofits and community based programs and has a solid background in program development, evaluations, partnership development, finance, fundraising and development. Previously, Dr. Franco spent seven years developing, evaluating, and managing programs at “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles; a program that sponsored students in elementary school years and work with the cohort until they graduate high school, and transition to post-secondary education, by providing whole child services. In collaboration with USC, Dr. Franco launched a mental health programming component at I Have a Dream that continues to serve students. Additionally, Dr. Franco’s collaboration with CSULB as an internship placement partner resulted in her being recognized as the organization of the year two consecutive years. Dr. Franco is also a part-time lecturer in the Human Development Department at California State University – Long Beach (CSULB) and serves as a Board Member for the D.A.D Project. Dr. Franco is a proud alumnus of Education Pioneers and the Magnolia Community Initiative Fellowship. Dr. Franco was inspired to work at SELA Collaborative given its core values and commitment to the Southeast LA region by way of creating a collective approach to serving the region through nonprofit capacity building, civic engagement, and data and research.
Alberto Campos, LCSW – Associate Director
Alberto Campos, LCSW, serves as the Associate Director. Alberto is a native of Southeast Los Angeles, South Gate. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University – Los Angeles. Additionally, he has earned a Youth Agency Administration Certificate from Cal State LA. Alberto has ten years’ experience working in community-based organizations, most recently serving as a Program Supervisor for Special Services for Groups – Project 180 Los Angeles. In this capacity he supervised, managed and guided a team of case managers providing services to adults. Alberto brings to his position as Associate Director an array of experiences including facilitation, training, research and data management, presentation, and planning.
Alondra Rodriguez – Operations Coordinator
Alondra Rodriguez serves as the Operations Coordinator. Alondra was raised in Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) and is eager to have an impact on her community. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine where she received Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Health Policy and Psychology and Social Behavior. After graduation, she began her career in the nonprofit sector as a Health Navigator in service planning area 7. Her role focused on ensuring individuals in the community are able to access basic needs. Alondra is excited to join the SELA team and continue to be an advocate for civic engagement in her community.