Our mission is to reduce prejudice and intergroup conflict among California teenagers.
ENCOMPASS was founded in 2004 by a small group of experts in intergroup relations, youth development and arts education. Founder Lori Nelson was joined by Juliana Serrano, Ben Wright, Dani Bedau, Peter Howard, Kevin Blake, DeLanna Studi, Jenna Delgado, Steven Jones, Tom Saenz, Angie Weimer, Rodney Lazar, Ellyn McCoy, Al Hassas and Zeke Zeidler. Most of the staff had worked together in youth programs at the National Conference for Community and Justice in Los Angeles for many years before leaving to form ENCOMPASS. Additional consultation and support was provided by Lecia Brooks, Jim Hilvert, Rose Portillo, Jill Aguilar, Sergio Marin, Daniel Loera, Diane Flinn and David Nevell. Seed funding was provided by the Herb Alpert Foundation, Malcolm Atterbury, Jr, and other individual donors.
Actor: Kevin Blake
Actor: DeLanna Studi
Actor: Franky Garces
Facilitator: Melissa Morgan
Interns: Maricela Guardado, Lachlan Turczan Playwright/Director: Peter Howard
Stage Manager: Jose Cano
Board of DirectorsGotham Chopra, Liquid Comics
Barbara E. Dunn, Law Offices of Lacey, Dunn & Do
Al Hassas, BOX Entertainment
Ellyn McCoy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Tom Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Angela Weimer, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)