Richard Parks is the president and founder of Redeemer Community Partnership. He moved to the neighborhood in 1986 to study at the University of Southern California and never left. Today, he and his wife Anna, are raising their three children in the neighborhood. Prior to taking his current position with the organization in 2019, he played a catalytic role in launching and leading a series of urban research centers at USC including: the Southern California Studies Center, the Urban Initiative, the Provost Initiative on Immigrant Integration, the Center for Social Innovation, the Preservation of Life Initiative, and the Center for Sustainability Solutions. He founded Redeemer Community Partnership to help create a safe, nurturing community for children and their families through leadership development, community transformation and resident partnerships.
Adventures Ahead Program Director
Lauren hails from Port O’Conner, Texas; she graduated from the University of Texas, Austin in 2004 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to join the Servant Partners internship. One week after returning from the Servant Partners training in Manila, Philippines, she began serving as the director of the Adventures Ahead after-school program, where she has been working ever since. In addition to the kids, Lauren loves basketball, especially watching the San Antonio Spurs, ultimate frisbee, and hiking.
Niki Wong, MPH
Director of Policy and Organizing
Niki Wong is originally from Sugar Land, Texas and graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Chemistry minor. While serving as a Campus Staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA at her alma mater, she pursued a Masters in Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio with a focus on global health and community-based health promotion. She and her husband moved to South LA in 2014 and Niki joined RCP shortly thereafter, plunging into the exciting world of environmental health advocacy. She currently serves as the Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling - Los Angeles' Research Committee chair and co-chair of the Los Angeles County Community Prevention and Population Health Taskforce Oil & Gas Ad Hoc. She enjoys art galleries, exploring LA's amazing food scene, and trying new things.
Adventures Ahead Teachers
Karina Del Cid
Board of Directors
Rev. Bob Gay
Rev. Gay serves as the Pastor of men’s discipleship at Faithful Central Bible Church. Prior to taking this position he worked in the fundraising field for many years, including time with the Covenant Church's Pacific Southwest Conference and as Promise Keepers' West Coast Development Director. For almost 20 years, he served as senior deputy for Gil Lindsey, Los Angeles' first African-American City Council member in a community just east of RCP's neighborhood.
In 1996, Mr. Strand founded Nova Composites, a Seattle-based company that designs and fabricates high-tech parts for the aerospace industry. He came to know RCP through a week-long church mission trip, during which time he refurbished our tutoring center and coached basketball clinics for our grade-school students. Mr. Strand recently sold his company to Park Aerospace Structures Corp. and now serves as president. He and his wife Kathy have three daughters, the youngest of whom has traveled to Los Angeles twice to teach dance clinics for our summer program. Mr. Strand has an engineering degree from Seattle Pacific University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Richard Parks is the president and founder of Redeemer Community Partnership. He moved to the neighborhood in 1986 to study at the University of Southern California and never left.
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Brent Baiotto works as the Technology & Operations Division Executive at Union Bank. He has consulted portfolios of Fortune 100 companies and held several executive leadership roles for major financial services organizations including Union Bank, Bank of America, and Countrywide Bank. He has demonstrated a unique ability to formulate strategic vision for growth, as well as the ability to identify and address the challenges in developing, communicating, and implementing change across an enterprise. He earned an MBA from California State University, Pomona.
Richard Olivarez works as a Fire Captain for the Arcadia Fire Department. He first partnered with Redeemer Community Partnership in 2011 during a short term mission trip with his former church Christian Assembly Eagle Rock. He quickly recognized his desire to serve this community was very strong. In 2014 Richard made the decision to relocate from his home in Monrovia to South Los Angeles. Richard and his wife Chelsea support RCP in creating a safe, opportunity rich environment through partnership with neighbors and programs that empower our youth.
Ms. Parks moved into the community in 1998 and led the Adventures Ahead steering committee during the program’s first three years. Most recently, she developed Redeemer's School Choices brochure and conducted extensive trainings with parents across South LA. When not juggling the needs of her three children, she serves part-time as Redeemer's administrator and part-time as the Student Services Coordinator for the USC Professional Doctorate Program in Policy, Planning and Development. She has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC) and a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Pomona College.