Hector LaFarga, Jr.
Executive Director.

Hector LaFarga, Jr. has spent his entire career ensuring that underserved populations have access to the education and opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. It is his personal mission to empower those in our communities who are often forgotten. Following his passion is what brought him to Families Forward Learning Center in 2011. He previously served as Vice President of Mentoring Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and spent 14 years at INROADS, a national nonprofit placing talented minority youth in corporate and community internships. In addition to serving as Executive Director at Families Forward, Hector is a Human Services Commissioner for the City of Pasadena and sits on the boards of Latino Heritage and the Pasadena Latino Coalition. Hector sees his own mother’s experience raising young children reflected in the parents we serve each day and feels a personal connection to our mission and families. He is also the father of four school-aged children.

  • Berit Anderson

    Manager, Communications & Events

  • Julie Espinoza

    Education Director

  • Andrea Huicochea

    Senior Program Manager

  • Sarah Kimbrough

    Volunteer Coordinator

  • Saida (Paola) Rodriguez

    Family Engagement Specialist

  • Martha Murillo

    Office Manager

Board of Directors

Peggy Adams
Sarah Campbell
Liz Carlton
Peggy Coleman
Ruth Coyne
Ronald Johnson
Nurit Kotick – Board President
Vanessa Lee
Elsa Macias
Susan Miller
Gary J. Nelson
Victoria Nuevo-Celeste
Sylvia Paz
Jennifer Quintanilla
Robin Phillips
Abel Ramirez
Monica Wahl Shaffer
Marc Thomas
Julie Ward

Community Advisors

Judith Brown, Co-Chair
Nancy Carlton, Co-Chair
Ann Erdman
Susan Futterman
Ellen Knell
Norah Morley
Judith Wilson


980 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103