Katie Rispoli Keaotamai
Since founding We Are the Next in 2014, Katie has led the organization to work with local, national, and global agencies. 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's experiences in development demonstrated the opacity in the way our cities are built and governed, and inspired her to advocate for an environment where residents of all ages are informed, vocal, and engaged with their surroundings. Katie oversees all operations, seeks funds and manages grants awarded to We Are the Next, collaborates and plans with our community partners, and facilitates youth and civic programming.
Communications + Volunteer Coordinator
Lynette recently completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Visual Media. Lynette leads with her passion for nonprofits and community service. In her role as We Are the Next’s Communications and Volunteer Coordinator, she recruits new volunteers to join the organization, oversees our current base of over twenty volunteers, and manages the organization’s social media and online presence.
Youth Advisory Council
We Are the Next's Youth Advisory Council is comprised of current students who meet monthly. The council guides our staff, helps to create programs, and test pilots upcoming programs. Current members of the council include:
- Astrid Quirarte
- Jacqueline Tapia
- Marcos Lopez
- Nick Menendez
Interns with We Are the Next work on a variety of projects, including community outreach, marketing, curriculum development, and research.
- Gabriella Ocampo, California State University Long Beach
Board of Directors
The Avalon Arts & Cultural Alliance - The Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach - California State University, Fullerton Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History - City Fabrick - City of Long Beach - Downtown Long Beach Alliance - Long Beach Heritage - Long Beach Public Library - Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson - Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino - Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site - Taco Bell