katie rispoli keaotamai
executive director

Since founding We Are the Next, Katie has led the organization to work with local, national, and global agencies to renovate and program meaningful places. She began working in construction in 2012 where she coordinated renovations in historic buildings and in 2015 graduated from USC with a Master of Heritage Conservation degree and a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy. Katie oversees all operations, facilitates youth and civic programming, and manages our construction-related work.

la dawna minnis
director of education programs

La Dawna is passionate about art education and new technologies, and pursues opportunities for students of all ages to engage in transformative, creative experiences. In 2015, she completed her Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies with an emphasis on eLearning and Design Implementation. With We Are the Next La Dawna designs community programs and facilitates captivating experiences for our youth participants.