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About Young Professionals Los Angeles (YPLA)

Young Professionals Los Angeles (YPLA) is a group of young professionals dedicated to advancing the mission of Children’s Bureau through modest monthly donations and providing opportunities for networking, professional development, and community service. YPLA is striving to gather the most diverse and talented group of individuals unified in their support for local children. It accomplishes this goal by organizing and hosting events that either work to grow and strengthen the YPLA network or allow closer engagement with Children’s Bureau and its work.

Why join YPLA?

To join YPLA, we ask prospective members to contribute a monthly donation of at least $10 (sign-up sheet below); although new guests are always welcome to attend YPLA mixers. Not only do these funds go directly towards supporting prevention programs, we try to provide tangible benefits for members through:

  • Access to YPLA’s member network
  • Invitation to member limited events and volunteer opportunities
  • Discounted or free invitation to mixers and other events

The core of YPLA aims to evolve and progress alongside its members. We hope you want to join us in making a difference in the community and growing as future leaders. To learn more, please contact us at ypla@all4kids.org or 213.342.0148.

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YPLA Leadership Board

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Eugene Bang

Eugene Bang, President

Eugene Bang is currently an associate at Oaktree Capital in the Special Situations Group. He joined YPLA because he felt really connected to the mission of Children’s Bureau and had the great opportunity to support the cause by being part of the founding of YPLA. His goal is to encourage other young professionals to think more about giving back to the community and specifically Children’s Bureau.
Ace ApinchapongAce Apinchapong, Vice President Ace Apinchapong is a consultant with EY Advisory’s Performance Improvement practice. Ace has always been interested in expanding his professional network all the while giving back to the community. YPLA, backed by Children’s Bureau, provided the perfect platform for him to pursue both of his interests – Ace was excited to join this amazing group as its Membership Chair.
Matt Hutchins

Matt Hutchins, Secretary

Matt Hutchins is currently a Vice President and Corporate Counsel at STX Entertainment and previously practiced corporate law as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Matt has helped form charitable foundations that carry out animal rescue activities and fundraising for youth athletic programs and served as the co-chair of the Innovation Programs Committee of Town Hall Los Angeles from 2015 to 2016.  Matt joined the YPLA in 2017 hoping to support the mission of the Children’s Bureau and help it to continue expanding its services and outreach to the local community.
Ali Merrel

Ali Merrell, Membership Chair

Ali is a Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist leading University Relations at Capital Group. She is passionate about working with children, and excited to connect with other young professionals who share her vision. As such, she hopes to inspire other young professionals to get involved in giving back to the community by joining YPLA.
Tyler Bibbins

Tyler Bibbins, Social Co-chair

Tyler Bibbins is currently an associate in acquisitions at Colony Capital. Tyler joined YPLA because the organization provides the perfect opportunity to have a meaningful impact on children and families within the local community through hands-on involvement and to work closely with highly motivated individuals who share similar interests.
Stephen Breedon

Stephen Breedon, Social Co-chair

Stephen Breedon is currently an Associate at Oaktree Capital in the Real Estate Group. An East Coast native, Stephen joined YPLA to become more involved in giving back and making an impactful contribution to his new Los Angeles community. He has always had a passion for mentorship and building up the next generation, and hopes to serve YPLA by furthering the mission of improving the overall health and well-being of children and families in need.
Dean Paily

Dean Paily, Community Chair

Dean is currently a Sr. Marketing Associate with Capital Group. He is a big believer in giving back to the community and hence a huge proponent of Children’s Bureau. He wants to assist in raising awareness for it’s mission through YPLA within the young professionals space. At the same he also looks forward to collaborate and network with many like minded professionals in Los Angeles.
CJ Gray

CJ Gray, Fundraising Chair

CJ Gray is currently a Private Equity Associate at Ares Management. He is originally from New York and moved to Los Angeles in August of 2015. He got involved with YPLA to give back to his new community while helping to provide a means for young professionals to collaborate in doing so as well.
Connor Mackenzie

Connor Mackenzie, Communications Chair

Connor MacKenzie is currently an associate at Oaktree Capital in the Special Situations Group. Since his days as an undergraduate, Connor has focused his philanthropic involvement on organizations and causes working to spread awareness on relationship abuse, sexual assault, substance abuse, and mental illness. Recognizing that strengthening families was a foundational element to the prevention of each of these afflictions, he joined YPLA. His goal is to educate other young professionals in the area about the mission of Children’s Bureau and its impact on the LA community.

Calendar of Events

  • March Spring Social Mixer
  • May Volunteer Event: Children’s Bureau “Big Sunday” Book Fair
  • June Members-Only Networking Mixer
  • August Summer Social Mixer
  • September Volunteer Event: Foster Caregiver Appreciation Event
  • October Volunteer Event: Children’s Bureau Halloween Carnival
  • November Winter Social Mixer
  • December Volunteer Event: Children’s Bureau Toy Boutique

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Become a Contributing Member of YPLA

Your contribution of $10 each month helps sustain the life-changing services offered to families in need through Children’s Bureau Family Resource Centers and community programming.