Elisa Avalos was born and raised in Pacoima and plays an instrumental role in bringing equity and access to all community members as a volunteer, organizer, and activist. The proud daughter of immigrants, Ms. Avalos’s mother and father instilled in her a strong commitment to volunteerism, teaching her to give back to her country and community. A cancer survivor, Ms. Avalos has volunteered for the Pacoima and San Fernando Relay for Life efforts for several years, sharing her story to inspire others to commit to help find a cure for cancer. Ms. Avalos is a dedicated mother who has a vision that all children have the opportunities to reach their full potential and volunteered for ten years with First 5 LA, serving as a parent representative in the Best Start leadership body, ensuring that families’ voices are included in decision-making within their communities. Ms. Avalos designed a mentorship program at Pacoima Charter, to engage young children in volunteerism, building their confidence and planting the seed for a lifelong commitment to being in service to her community. Elisa’s love for the community of the San Fernando Valley is unmatched, and as the president of the Pacoima Neighborhood Council, she has shown her dedication time and time again.