Our Board and Staff

The Executive Board of NLG-LA, elected each December by NLG-LA's membership, is responsible for fundraising and governing the finances, operations, and programmatic work of the organization.  The Executive Board (currently 35 members) meets monthly to discuss the organization’s business and programs, and communicates on a regular basis through an email list serve. The Executive Board, at its first meeting of the calendar year, elects an Executive Committee comprised of two co-Presidents, a Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Web Development, and Treasurer.  The Executive Committee is tasked with governing the staff and day-to-day operations of the organization.  

Many of our Board members are members of the organizations and associations we work with, or are members of the communities of color that are most impacted by our country’s systems of injustice.  Our board members participate in the Guild's programmatic work through their membership on committees or on special projects.

2017 List of Board Members:



Maria Hall & Gilbert Saucedo, Co-Presidents Alexei Hong Bob Myers
Erin Darling,  Immediate Past President Barbara Hadsell John Michael Lee
Julia Vazquez,  Vice President for Communications Ben O'Donnell Kat Choi
Laurie Traktman,  Vice President for Membership Carol Sobel Kevin Reyes
Jay Shin,  Treasurer Colleen Flynn Kyle Todd
Jim Lafferty, Executive Director Emeritus Cynthia Anderson-Barker Laurie Traktman
  Daniel Ortiz-O'Neill Matthew Strugar
  Emi MacLean Olu Orange
  Eric Post Pasquale Lombardo
  Gary Silbiger Patrick Dunlevy
  Helen Sklar Renee Amador
  Jennifer Canales Sri Panchalam
  Jessie Duncan Tarek Shawky
    Victor Narro


Our Staff

The Executive Board additionally oversees the Guild’s Executive Director, Ameena Mirza Qazi.  The Executive Director and other hired staff are responsible for the overall operations of the organization, including managing membership events, education, and outreach, as well as supporting the execution of the Guild's other programmatic work.