ABOUT US

Mission: Investing in COMMUNITY through the provision of workforce training and development by linking and navigating to services that improve quality of life.

Vision: Leading the charge to increase social and economic stability to our communities

Values

COMMITMENT... to high quality service

DIVERSITY  …communities, people, Inclusiveness /openness, Individuality

ACCOUNTABILITY …  staff, clients, self, community 

INNOVATION … creativity, new ideas

RESILIENCY...motivation, grit

Through the network of subject matter experts, Immersion Workforce Los Angeles will work directly with Government Agencies, Workforce Development Boards, Non-profit organizations and the business community developing successful strategies to improve: 

  • Workforce Training Initiatives

  • Capacity Building Strategies 

  • Organizational Change Techniques

  • Academic Enrichment Programs

 

OUR PROJECTS

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Strategic Workforce Planning

Workforce Education

Workforce Training

Sector Pathway Placement

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ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

Scope the Change
Create the Vision
Drive the Effort
Establish Infrastructure
Sustain Efforts

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CAPACITY BUILDING

Organizational Self Assessment
Organizational  Growth
Financial Growth
Succession Planning

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ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

GED and High School Completion
Post-Secondary Education
Vocational Training

 

MEET THE TEAM

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Dr. Ozzie Lopez

Chief Executive Officer

With 25 years of workforce development, education & training experience Ozzie has a proven track record in creating and leveraging local, state and national public private partnerships with a focus on improving workforce performance and delivery of outcomes.

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Jose Hernandez

Chief Operating Officer

A nonprofit advocate who is committed to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations around the County of Los Angeles. He works to strengthen nonprofit organizations by developing seminars, workshops, and other learning opportunities that serve the nonprofit sector. 

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Jaime Amezquita

Grant Writer / Consultant

With over 30 years’ experience in public service, Jaime is Immersion Workforce Los Angeles’ (IWLA) Grant Writer Consultant/Volunteer.  He brings a varied, and extensive professional work experience from the public transportation, workforce training and employment development, and social services industries.  

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Our Board

Dr. Ozzie Lopez

Chairman of the Board

CEO, Immersion Workforce Los Angeles

Ozzie Lopez is the Chief Executive Officer of Immersion Workforce Los Angeles (IWLA). IWLA is a newly established non-profit organization based in L.A. area focused on providing workforce training, capacity building, organizational change and educational/vocational programs linkages with non-profit organizations, high sector growth businesses interested in improving the L.A. based workforce. In his previous role Ozzie was the Director of Workforce Development with AltaMed Health Services Corporation one of the fastest growing Federally Qualified Healthcare Center providers in the southern California region with clinics located in Los Angeles and Orange County’s. Ozzie managed at team of 45 staff with an annual budget of 3.5 million dollars in federal, state and foundation grants. The department was responsible for the development of internal and external healthcare career workforce training programs focusing on strengthening the organizations regional healthcare workforce. 

 

Ozzie has 23 years of workforce development & training experience, he has extensive experience in creating and leveraging public private partnerships with a focus on improving performance and delivery of outcomes. Having previously worked for the City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department he managed and improved performance measures of a WIOA funded Youth Source Center from 1 star to 4 stars. 

 

Ozzie is currently Adjunct Faculty at East Los Angeles College (am amateur) where he teaches U.S. Government. He is also in the process of earning his Ed.D in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, earned a Master’s in Public Administration from National University and his Undergraduate degree in Political Science from Cal State Los Angeles. His is married with 5 children and resides in the City of Los Angeles. 

Jose Hernandez

Financial Advisor

Revolution Financial Management

Jose Hernandez is a nonprofit advocate who is committed to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations around the County of Los Angeles. He works to strengthen nonprofit organizations by developing seminars, workshops, and other learning opportunities that serve the nonprofit sector. 

He has worked for nonprofits for the past 15 years, helping to create and coordinate both intervention and prevention programs for at-risk families throughout the City of Los Angeles.  His combined experience working with the general public, community groups, parent groups, dignitaries, school leadership and state and local agencies has been, and will continue to be, a great resource as he helps others create positive change.  His commitment to affecting positive changes in the lives of disadvantaged families from low income communities has made a difference in the lives of many in the County of Los Angeles. 

He also has experience in working with local businesses.  He has worked with Chapter T.W.O. through the City of Los Angeles; Hathaway-Sycamores Family Resource Center, Aztecs Rising/PHFE and has consulted for Los Angeles Art Alliance, Art Share Los Angeles and Central City Action Committee. These are organizations geared to social services.

Frank Meza

Community Relation Specialist

L.A. Care Health Plan

Frank Meza, has worked at L.A. Care Health Plan for twenty years where he is responsible for actively guiding, supporting and providing direction to assigned Consumer Advisory Committees in alignment with community health- related needs and L.A. Care strategic initiatives. In addition, he develops relationships with community leaders and serves as the organization's liaison with various constituents, lawmakers and policy makers within the geographic regions of Los Angeles County. 

Frank Meza is passionate about Public Health and working with community-based organizations to support health care systems that assures access to comprehensive, culturally competent, and quality healthcare services to the underserved communities in Los Angeles. 

Grace Malabanan

Grants Manager

AltaMed Health Services Corp.

Grace Malabanan has over 10 years of experience managing programs at Federally Qualified Health Centers, including AltaMed.  She had managed project contracts and budgets including processing, progress reporting, and monitoring for contract compliance and quality assurance. Her experience includes pre and post award activities, performance and outcome evaluation. She has participated in joint efforts and cross team collaboration to ensure successful implementation of projects.  In addition, Grace played a key role in carrying out multiple database systems for program outcome analysis and reporting. Grace holds a B.S. in Psychology and is currently completing her Project Management Certification Program at UCLA.