June 22, 2015
Iliana Tavera joins Haven Hills with more than 19 years of non-profit experience, most recently as Executive Director of LA Team Mentoring (LATM) an organization that provides team mentoring services to at-risk youth in the City of Los Angeles.
Prior to LATM, Iliana was the Southern California Director for Naturebridge. NatureBridge fosters environmental literacy to sustain our planet through hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens in nature’s classroom. There she was responsible for the overall leadership and management of NatureBridge’s Southern California initiatives and education programs which provided more than 3,000 students with environmental education in the Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands.
Iliana was also Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, a facility dedicated to providing housing for families whose children are faced with critical illness. In this capacity, Iliana was responsible for the daily operations of family services and facility management as well as strategic planning and operational budgeting initiatives. Iliana managed the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House, which more than doubled occupancy from 35 to 75 rooms, by supervising the final construction to move-in phases of the project. In addition, she managed the complete renovation of the original Ronald McDonald House facility, which required acting as site supervisor for a large portion of the project.
Iliana began her career at the Ronald McDonald House as Director of Development and was responsible for planning, management and implementation of the fundraising plan for an annual operating budget of $1.5 million. In this capacity, she met or surpassed the agency’s fundraising goals for seven years. In addition, she was a member of the capital expansion team, which raised over $17 million for the addition of 40 new family rooms, expanded common spaces and property acquisition.
Prior to joining The Ronald McDonald House, Iliana worked for the California Science Center Foundation where, as Grant Writer, she was responsible for writing proposals leading to funding for the educational programming of the California Science Center.
Iliana is a graduate of the Harvard University where she was honored as a Stride Rite Community Service Scholar.