JOAN FORD, CEO
Joan Ford has more than fifteen years of leadership and fundraising experience in the nonprofit community in Los Angeles, including CEO, Executive Direction and VP of Fundraising since 1999. Her expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, and managing teams has improved revenue, morale, visibility, efficiency and efficacy for numerous nonprofit throughout LA. Joan is a 1995 graduate of UCLA's Management School and has completed trainings at the Center for Creative Leadership, Grantsmanship Center and Indiana University School of Fundraising.
Tawana Carter, director of hr & finance
Tawana Carter lives in Altadena with her husband, two daughters and dog Scruffy.
She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources. She set a personal goal and completed her MBA in 2015 and continues to study for her Human Resources credentials.
She has always had a passion for working with local nonprofits, she has organized fundraising events, formed community partnerships and sat on several boards in various capacities.
Sara Ford, executive director
Sara is driven by her passions for art, creativity and making real change happen. She received her Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance from the University of Southern California in 2013, and then went on to get her Master of Music Performance from Indiana University in 2015. An LA native, she knew she would always end up back in California. While at USC, Sara's passion for community service was fostered, and she began her journey through the nonprofit world through various organizations and nonprofits.
bianca hunter, Development director
For nearly 20 years, Bianca Hunter has worked in the nonprofit industry devoted to amelioration of children. After obtaining her Bachelors of Arts in English at Southern University, Baton Rouge Louisiana, she discovered her gift of writing. It was shortly after, she obtained her first position in the late 1990's at a local South Los Angeles Domestic Violence Center; She realized in order to make a difference in the lives of children it began with fundraising. During this time, Bianca made it her mission to attend workshops and obtain certifications from California State University Los Angeles to perfect her fundraising technique. To date, Bianca has fundraised for some of the top leading nonprofits in Southern California, experiencing tremendous success in securing major donors, grant writing, fundraising, celebrity nonprofit engagement, signature events and silent & online auctions. When asked what has been her biggest reward in this industry, she says "there isn't a greater reward than seeing a child partake in an event or an experience that you along with your team, crafted and executed. I walk away every day feeling like I'm fulfilling my purpose."
Carly rose taylor, community outreach & PROGRAMS MANAGER
Carly graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Feminist Studies. Her professional history includes work in campus sexual assault, domestic violence support groups, and substance use disorder treatment. Carly’s belief in the arts as healing began when she directed a dance show about love and friendship in the LGBTQ+ community. When she is not coordinating with Free Arts volunteers and community partners she is probably behind a book and a mug of tea.