LDIR is a program led by a fierce, multiracial group of individuals from diverse class backgrounds who take a collective decision-making approach to doing the work. Some of us are first and second generation immigrants. Some of us are queer, and some of us are straight. We come from various communities of faith and define our spirituality in different ways. We know that our identities and social locations inform our work, and that there are many aspects to who we are that our bios do not address. We invite you to get to know us!
Povi-Tamu (pronounced Pahvee-Tamew) comes to LDIR with a commitment to community work and community health issues. Most recently she has facilitated community workshops with both INCITE! LA and Freedom Schools LA. In addition, she is a former Teaching Assistant with Neighborhood Schools, a program in Chicago public schools where she worked with ESL students. She is currently a facilitator for the LDIR program and brings a strong analysis and facilitation skills to the LDIR team. Povi-Tamu is also a graduate of UC Irvine where she received her BA in Global Cultures.
Li’i Furumoto is of Japanese and Mexican descent and a life long resident of the Los Angeles area. She attended Los Angeles Unified School District schools and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she was co-founder of the UCLA Student Initiated Access Center and Director of MEChA de UCLA’s Xinachtli Outreach Program. Furumoto currently works at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles as the Youth Programs Manager, directing the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations School Based Program. She also serves on the Board of Human Relations Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles.
Marvin H. Andrade is Advancing Justice – LA’s Director of Leadership Development. He provides strategic direction and vision to three leadership program units: the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) program, the Parent Organizing Network (PON), and the Youth & Parent Leadership Development (YPLD) program. Prior to Advancing Justice – LA, Andrade spent 12 years at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) as an immigrant rights advocate, serving in different capacities, including serving the last four and a half years as CARECEN’s Executive Director. Andrade is a graduate of University of Southern California with degrees in political science and international relations.