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Gustavo Herrera
Executive Director
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Gustavo was appointed as Arts for LA’s Executive Director in December 2018.  Prior to working with us, he was the Western Regional Director for Young Invincibles (YI), where he was responsible for leading YI’s California offices, including its West Coast expansion. As director, he set strategic direction and advanced YI’s policy priorities on health care, higher education, jobs, and civic engagement for the region.

Before starting at Young Invincibles, Gustavo was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LAPCA), overseeing the day-to-day operation of a county museum, including the oversight of a master plan committee responsible for strategically developing three acres of additional museum campus. From 2010-2012, Gustavo led the Maestro Foundation, a classical music and performance arts foundation, as the Director of Organizational Development. Between 2007-2010, he assessed and recommended business growth strategies in the US marketplace for the global Fortune 500 Company, American Honda Motors, Co.

Gustavo holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from American Jewish University and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with an emphasis in socio-politics and economics and Art History from the University of California Santa Barbara. Gustavo served on the Board of Directors of the Create: Fixate Arts Organization (2006-2010). He is a current Strong Workforce Implementation Advisory Board Member for the California Community Colleges, Advisory Board Member for the California Physician’s Alliance and founding Board Member of Silverlake Forward.


Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones
Director of Programs
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Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones is a native Angeleno who is passionate about cultivating dialogue through the arts. She served as the Associate Program Manager, Community Events where she managed the Ford Theatre Foundation’s signature community engagement program, JAM Sessions, both on-site at the Ford Theatres and off-site working alongside community partners to produce JAM Sessions throughout Los Angeles County. She was also an Associate Producer for the Emmy award-winning Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration program (an annual 3-hour, live-televised program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion which showcases the diverse talents of Los Angeles County). Jennifer has also worked with the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company where she managed playwriting and performance programs for underserved youth and communities, and LA Opera where she managed the Community Opera Cathedral Project (featuring over 400 professional and community choirs, singers and artists). Jennifer received her B.A. in American Literature and Culture and a minor in Theatre from UCLA.

Abril Iñiguez-Rivas
Associate Director of Programs & Evaluation
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A native of Los Angeles, Abril Iñiguez-Rivas graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Biology in 2008. She went on to study marine biodiversity and evolutionary genetics in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. While at UCLA, her graduate studies and fieldwork at the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center in Denpasar, Bali afforded her ample opportunities for SCUBA diving and spearfishing adventures across South East Asia. Upon leaving UCLA, Abril served as the Documents and Records Coordinator for the Immigration Center for Women & Children in Los Angeles before joining Arts for LA in 2016. Although a trained scientist, Abril nurtures her artistic side as a mariachi musician; she was a founding member of Mariachi Serrano de Claremont at the Claremont Colleges and continues as an alumni member of Mariachi de UCLAtlán with the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology.

Annais Linares
Project Associate
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Annais Linares, a recent graduate, is ecstatic to have joined the Arts for LA staff. She received her BFA in Experimental Pop with a minor in Digital Arts from CalArts, as well as Music and Humanities degrees from Pasadena City College. While music is her dearest form of expression, she is passionate about promoting all arts as fundamental to life. Her Guatemalan-Korean background has led her to have an interest in cross-cultural events, which she believes is a powerful asset to Los Angeles communities. She loves to share within performance as a means of connecting with the people and space around her, and is currently working on a few musical projects to bring those moments to life. She has had the opportunity to record at Capitol Records, perform at the Troubadour and participate in the Walt Disney Imagineering Education Initiative 2018. In her spare time, Annais indulges in poetry, philosophy and attending shows.