Brenda Aguilera is the Director of Community Transformation for Para Los Niños, a Los Angeles based agency dedicated to promoting strong communities, powerful families, and excellent education so children and youth can thrive. // As Director, Brenda is responsible for the oversight and development of First 5LA’s Region 1 Best Start initiative. She manages and collaborates with a team of partners to support the capacity building, development, and promotion of systems change work through resident and agency engagement both regionally and locally. Regionally, Brenda oversees and supports the vision and framework of the regional work along with the development of strategies and supports that will elevate the local work on a regional level. Locally, Brenda and her team build the capacity of organizations to facilitate communication and collaborations among parents, residents, organizations, government agencies, faith-based organizations, businesses and others involved in First 5 LA’s outlined communities of Best Start East LA, Metro LA, South El Monte / El Monte and Southeast LA Community Partnerships. Brenda is also an instrumental thought partner in PLN’s the newly launched Innovations II Initiative, funded by LA County’s Department of Mental Health, in Supervisorial District 1. // Brenda has been involved with Best Start since 2011. Previous to joining Para Los Niños, she was served as co-manager of the Native Green Gardening Cooperative in Los Angeles with El Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA). She also has served as a consultant to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (formerly Asian Pacific American Legal Center) and to the UCLA Labor Center, providing communications support. // Brenda holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Cultural Studies and a minor in Work Place Studies and Latin American Studies from UCLA. She also studied contemporary Mexican and Latin American philosophy and sociology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City.