Our Team

Dr. Wilma Franco – Executive Director

Dr. Wilma Franco serves as Executive 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 15 years of experience in overseeing nonprofits and community-based programs and has a solid background in collective impact and network models. 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.  Dr. Franco has also served as a part-time lecturer in the Human Development Department at California State University – Long Beach (CSULB) and is a proud alumnus of Education Pioneers and the Magnolia Community Initiative Fellowship. Connect with Wilma on LinkedIn. 

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. Connect with Alberto on LinkedIn. 

Sandra Nuñez – Communications Coordinator

Sandra Nuñez is a first-gen Mexican American and recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cal State – Fullerton. Sandra worked as a field nurse serving the SELA region for almost 2 years where she witnessed first-hand the inequity her patients would face which inform her advocacy efforts. For the last four years Sandra has dedicated her professional time as a social media and marketing strategist where empowerment and education is a priority. Sandra’s experience lies in managing day-to-day content creation while upholding the brand and developing social media strategies. Sandra is passionate about creating and fostering community through storytelling, sharing her story and empowering women to achieve academic success. Connect with Sandra on LinkedIn. 

Stephanie Inzunza – Cal State LA Fellow

Stephanie Inzunza is a 25-year-old student studying at California State University– Los Angeles, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She transferred from Santa Monica College with an associate’s degree in Psychology in 2021. Born in Mexico and growing up in Los Angeles, her formative years were centered around her experience as a first-generation, Mexican-American, queer woman. Stephanie dedicated her time to serving her community through volunteering as a tutor, assisting first-generation college students in the transfer process to Universities, and hosting art workshops for children in Los Angeles. She is passionate about civic engagement within the communities she grew up in and is eager and proud to serve Southeast Los Angeles.