Los Angeles Police Commission
Figueroa-Villa was appointed to the Board of Police
Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August of 2013.
Commissioner Figueroa-Villa was born and raised in South Los
Angeles and attended public schools. She began her community
activism in social justice issues at Huntington Park High School
and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. She
continued her activism as a student at California State University
at Los Angeles.
Commissioner Figueroa-Villa has over 40 years of experience working
in the non-profit sector. She was appointed as the Executive
Director of El Centro del Pueblo in 1980. An organization with a
$25,000 deficit and two part time staff members. Through her
leadership and perseverance, she raised and manages a $7 million
dollar budget to provide services that improve the quality of life
for children, youth and families in Los Angeles.
She is responsible for the accountability of the agency by
implementing fiscal audits, personnel policies and procedures set
forth by the agency's Board of Directors. She supervises a staff of
over 80 professional and paraprofessional employees who provide
direct services to families.
In, 2003, Commissioner Figueroa-Villa led the agency in a $4.5
million dollar capital campaign to purchase and renovate a 30,000
square foot building. The facility includes an outdoor playground
area to complement an indoor youth center that offers recreational
services to families and enhances El Centro del Pueblo's current
In 2005, the agency was debt free, allowing the purchase of an
8,000 sq. ft. building, which houses the Echo Park Family Source
Center and the Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program.
She just completed renovating another 10,000 sq. ft. building to
house the agency's clinical programs and leases storefront space to
private business. Income generated rolls back into service
Commissioner Figueroa-Villa has been appointed to a number of
commissions and boards including the Children, Youth and Family
Commission, City of Los Angeles, Redistricting Commission for the
Los Angeles Unified School District, the Superintendent Search
Committee, the Mia St. John Foundation and many others. She has
provided capacity building training to other non-profits and
volunteers on community advocacy campaigns.
Commissioner Figueroa-Villa is married to Jesus Villa. Her daughter
Xochitl attends public school where Commissioner Figueroa-Villa is
active as a parent volunteer.