Leon is an Associate at RealtyMogul, a crowdfunding real estate investment company. At RealtyMogul, Leon assists in the sourcing and underwriting of commercial real estate investments. Leon is passionate about making a positive impact in the community, especially the underserved youth. He believes developing our youth is accretive and every youth deserves an equal opportunity and a quality education. Leon hopes to support Children’s Bureau’s mission and grow YPCB’s impact while developing his leadership skills. In his spare time, Leon likes to read, socialize, and explore.
Kasey Hemphill is an Associate in the Business and Tort Litigation (BaTL) practice group at Jones Day. Kasey’s practice includes fact investigation, motion drafting, and cross-office coordination to represent clients in contract and tort disputes. She is a Seattle native, and comes from a large family, with several siblings and many nieces and nephews. Her first “job” – paid in hugs – was in elementary school as Kasey pretended to be a teacher, and practiced literacy and language skills with her younger sister. Eventually, Kasey became a Head Start teacher. Kasey looks forward to using her legal career to advocate zealously for corporate and pro bono clients, and also for the communities in which she lives. In her spare time, Kasey enjoys meal prepping, listening to the Hamilton soundtracks (original and mixtape), and nail art.
Karalyn Ahmanson (Kara) is a student in Nonprofit Management who wants to have a career in Nonprofits. She is passionate about having a career in a field where every day is directly serving others and figuring out their needs. After visiting the Children’s Bureau facilities, she realized this is perfect opportunity to create a safer learning environment for children as well as their families and communities.
Mei Zhang is an acquisitions analyst at StarPoint Properties, responsible for reviewing new multifamily opportunities and assisting with debt and equity processes to obtain financing for existing and pending assets. She was introduced to Children’s Bureau through a friend and after her first volunteer event at the Magnolia headquarters, she became immediately hooked on their mission to drive impact in their community. By joining the YPCB board, she hopes to further serve the surrounding area by supporting Children’s Bureau in their vision of children thriving as a result of strong families and strong communities.
David Bancroft is an associate attorney in civil litigation at Kozberg & Bodell LLP. He is also of counsel for the patent law firm M.J. Ram & Associates. David had been wanting to give back to his community in a lasting and significant way and found that opportunity with the YPCB. David is excited to continue with the YPCB as the Director of Volunteer Events and help equip young professionals to effectively build relationships and serve children and families in Los Angeles.
Gunnar Kohl is currently a Tenant Advisor at CBRE in the Advisory and Transaction Services Group. Born and raised in LA, Gunnar joined YPCB to be part of a group that contributes time and effort to improving children’s lives and makes a positive impact on his hometown. He is excited to take on a leadership position at an organization that he has been involved with for over a year and join a new team dedicated to the mission of the Children’s Bureau.
Blake Pittman is an Associate at the Avison Young Downtown Los Angeles office, focusing on both tenant and landlord representation. She works with national law firms, tech companies, non-profits, and financial services globally. She joined YPCB to meet young professionals interested in making a positive impact on the children of Southern California, and hopes to spend time volunteering and fundraising.
Jesse Krupski is a senior manager at EY working with financial services companies. Jesse recently relocated from New York City to Los Angeles and was looking to making a meaningful impact in his new community when he was introduced to the Children’s Bureau. As a new father, the Children’s Bureau’s mission and its importance resonated. Jesse is looking forward to joining the YPCB leadership and improving the lives of children and families in Los Angeles.