Joe Gallardo, Executive Director

Joe Gallardo holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is currently working on his Doctoral Degree. Joe has worked in the non-profit sector for over 18 years serving as a Senior Administrator for various organizations. Prior to starting at Hands4Hope LA, Joe held the title of Elementary School Principal and served as an Executive Director for an educational non-profit. Throughout his career, he has worked in underserved communities such as South Central Los Angeles, Compton, and Watts. His life’s mission is to provide a voice for those that are unable to speak up and provide guidance for local youth through platforms such as Hands4Hope LA.

Board of Directors

Erin Sedor is the owner behind Black Fox Strategy, a highly specialized executive consulting practice based on the philosophy that organizational success and sustainability are best achieved through integrated strategy, risk and resilience capabilities. Having built a 25-year career in the for-profit sector supporting, directing and successfully implementing strategic planning, enterprise risk, and business continuity programs, Erin now translates that experience into meaningful programs for her private, public and non-profit clients. Her broad industry background and deep expertise in balancing risk and opportunity makes her a uniquely qualified and valued asset to her clients. Erin holds a MBA in Operational Risk, Bachelor degrees in both Finance and Organizational Management, a Professional Certification in Paralegal Studies, and a RIMS Fellow Professional designation. She is a member of the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association, the Open Compliance & Ethics Group, and the Association of Strategic Planning

Carol Saunders is founder and President of Grand Events, producing social, corporate and non-profit events throughout California with her team.  After earning a B.A. in Art from UCLA, Carol worked as an Interior Designer.  She is a long time member of the International Special Event Society (ISES), has served on their Board of Directors and in committee roles for the Décor Committee, The JAM Committee, and Budget Committee.  Carol is married to her CPA husband, John, and is proud of their two grown daughters, Jamie and Danielle. Her newest passions are her four grandchildren with whom she spends much of her free time.

Tamla has worked in healthcare marketing and sales for over 20 years with such companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Laboratories, Cardinal Health, and Genzyme. She is also actively involved in her community through her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. Tamla enjoys traveling, reading, plays, movies and sports. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor. Tamla is very engaged with Hands4HopeLA program activities, and will be assisting with the teen program in spring 2015.

Lydia Floyd, Founder & Executive Director

One of four children from a single parent household in Brooklyn New York, Lydia watched her mother help single parents and raise foster children, despite her own struggles with Epilepsy.   Lydia and her husband Stafford, a musician,  moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as an Accountant. For nine years, Lydia cultivated relationships in the neighborhood and congregation, and founded Hands for Hope in 2000, on site in a large, unused facility owned by the church. She is a proponent of enrichment activities and a safe place for children because she knows it’s the best way to increase the developmental assets of children and guide them toward pro-social behaviors. Sher serves on the board of First Baptist Church and American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest and Hawaii

In her work with H4H, Ms. Floyd has been honored with several awards including the Civic Duty Hero Award, the Avery Dennison Great Results Achievement Award, The Bank of America Neighborhood Local Hero AwardWoman’s Day magazine honoree,  the Model of Hope Award by We Care America, A Champion of Hope at the Legacy of Hope Awards, a 2014 Certificate of Recognition for her work from California State Legislature, the City Impact Lab “Impact Makers to Watch Award” in 2016, and a nomination for one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards. Read more about Lydia in publications by NoHoArts District  and Voyage L.A. Lydia is an active member of the First Baptist Church of North Hollywood (FBCNH), serving in several roles since 1991, including Choir Director and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Having participated in community afterschool programs as a youth, Brett knows firsthand the value our organization provides to our community.  Brett is a corporate and securities attorney at Gartenberg, Gelfand, and Hayton LLP, who is passionate about the role small businesses play in sustainable economic development. He is a member of the California Center for Cooperative Development and a graduate of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Riordan Leadership Institute. His J.D., cum laude was earned at Harvard Law School, and undergraduate degree at Brown University. Brett lives with his wife and adorable dog.
Michael is Senior Vice President of M&A and Strategic Investments at Live Nation, the world’s largest live entertainment company. He also works with Sound Ventures, a venture capital fund working with early stage technology companies, and previously was with Morgan Stanley. Michael holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS in Applied Statistics from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a BA in Communications from Vanderbilt University. Michael, his wife Debra, and their two young boys relocated to Los Angeles from NYC in 2014.

Beverly Murray is a seasoned HR senior leader in the healthcare industry with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a J.D. from William and Mary. She has a love of community service and is a proud 32 year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she currently serves as her chapter’s fundraising chairman. Beverly has two daughters Julian and Jordan who work in teaching and law enforcement. Beverly enjoys reading, writing and traveling. One of her favorite quotes is “You cannot diminish your light by sharing it with others.”

Owner, Ace Home Solutions.   Raised in Georgia, Otis comes from a building and construction family.  His grandfather was a brick-mason and his father had a construction business where Otis worked and learned the skills of the trade.  After high school, Otis joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq during the first Gulf War.  He received the two Bronze Service Star medals. A Los Angeles resident since 2006, Otis has built his construction business, ACE Home Solutions Inc. on referrals from many satisfied customers.  His work has been featured in HGTV’s Online Magazine, for their Urban Spaces article. Otis was a volunteer of time and talent for Hands4Hope LA for several years, helping to make the annual Jazz Concert Fundraiser a success. He is now proud to be on the board of directors.

Principal Echo & Rig / Partner The Goat LLC / Director of Investor Relations /President of the William Tilley Family Foundation


Diane Allen
Program and Communications Director

Diane Allen was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in the West Indies. Formally trained in architecture, she left the field in 2011 to become an educator and youth mentor in New York City.  In 2013, Diane became a volunteer with us, and by 2014 she was promoted to Program Director, until June 2017 when she became Communication & Development Director.  Diane is a CALSAC Trainer, passionately providing youth with opportnities and resources that equip them to follow their hearts and dreams, and to see the possibilities beyond their immediate circumstances.  She is also completing her Masters degree at UCLA in Human Development & Psychology.

Communications & Marketing

General Information / Volunteer Manager:

  • Sharon Bills
  • Natt Narkthong

Advisory Council

Judith Bickel, Freelance Writer/ Nonprofit Consultant

Celestina Bynes, Legal Executive Assistant, Prudential Insurance Company

Patricia Colbert, Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Flame Productions

Jerri Hart, Director,  Office of the Controller, Loyola Marymount University

Stephanie Mirkin, Annual Fund and Alumni Manager, Windward School

Pat Prescott, Radio Host,  KTWV, 94.7 The Wave

Anita Otaño, Realtor, Filmmaker, Producer

Gina Pickens, Owner, Forks Restaurant

Clarence Roberts, US Government Contracts Instructor (retired)

Alicia Soto, Therapist, Aviva Family Therapist

Mauro Sardi, Chief Financial Officer (Retired) Warner Bros.

Christa Windley, Post Production Editor

Dr. Michael Woodcock, Pastor,  First Baptist Church of North Hollywood