staff

Katie Rispoli Keaotamai

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.


youth advisory council

We Are the Next's Youth Advisory Council is comprised of current students who reside in our service area. The council meets every other month to provide guidance to the organization's staff and help design curriculum for upcoming programs. Current members of the council include:

  • Astrid Quirarte
  • Jacqueline Tapia
  • Marcos Lopez
  • Nick Menendez

STUDENT interns

Interns with We Are the Next work on a variety of projects, including community outreach, marketing, curriculum development, and research. 

  • Colleen Lilley, Orange Coast College
  • Kim Bernal, CSU Long Beach

board of directors