Born in 1947 in Moscow, Idaho where parents were attending University of Idaho. Grew up in Seattle graduated from the University of Washington in 1970. Worked for L.A. County DPSS from 1970-1976 while attending Law School. Sole Practitioner specializing in Criminal Law starting in 1976.Over 200 jury trials including 26 murder trials. Past president of Echo Park Chamber of Commerce, Echo Park Lions Club, Criminal Court Bar Association. Attorney for Northeast Los Angeles Little League 1998 to Present. Married Maxine Craig in 1982. 3 sons : Darran, Gordon, Joseph
Martha Avelar’s commitment and dedication to the El Centro del Pueblo community is very personal. A “local girl,” she was raised in Echo Park. She attended Cortez (Placencia) Elementary, Virgil Jr. High and Belmont High Schools, prior to graduating with a Bachelors degree from U.C. Santa Barbara followed by a Masters degree in Educational Administration. Early on, she was a student worker for El Centro, and eventually served as Counselor. She has been a public servant her entire career, serving as Field Representative for then Assemblyman Richard Polanco covering Echo Park, East Los Angeles, and Northeast Los Angeles. Her service continued as a teacher at Logan Elementary School in Echo Park, and now is Principal of Hoover St. School in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles. Martha’s community advocacy extended through her work as a Board Member for El Centro del Pueblo.
Biography coming soon.
Henry J. Gonzalez is a long time City of Los Angeles resident living in Angelino Heights. He has served on the El Centro Del Pueblo Board of Directors several years. He has always been active in Los Angeles civic life.
Henry is currently a Community Relations Manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), responsible for managing community outreach and public participation efforts for Metro’s Regional Service Councils. He facilitates communications between Metro and key stakeholders, including customers, regional transit partners, Metro executive management, and staff from various Metro departments in planning, implementing and promoting Metro bus and rail service and programs throughout Los Angeles County. Prior to his work as a Community Relations Manager, Henry served as Metro’s Transportation Planning Manager for community outreach and public participation during the planning phase of the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, connecting the Pasadena Gold Line to East Los Angeles.
Before joining Metro, Henry served on the Los Angeles City Council staff of Councilman Richard Alatorre. His responsibilities included assisting constituents to interface with city departments in resolving community concerns, conducting research to advise the councilman on legislative and land use issues, cultural affairs programming, coordinating multi cultural festivals and serving as the council office liaison to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles on city government issues.
Henry also worked on the 1984 Olympic Organizing Committee where he served as a Communications/Public Relations Coordinator and assisted with the production of various multimedia presentations for the committee, assisted in coordinating special event presentations for international Olympic delegations and assisted international media with research information gathering.
In addition to his involvement with El Centro Del Pueblo, Henry is a volunteer at PUENTE Learning Center, a non-profit multigenerational learning facility serving residents in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles.
Henry was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. Raised in Los Angeles, he attended and graduated from Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Grammar School and Pater Noster Catholic High School. Henry is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California, where he remains actively involved in alumni functions, student mentoring and attending sporting and university events.
Biography coming soon.
Dr. Fredy Pérez
Dr. Fredy Perez received his undergraduate degree from Portland State University and his doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry (NECO). Following his graduation from NECO, Dr. Perez worked at the South End Community Health Center in Boston Massachusetts. A multidisciplinary clinical facility where he supervised fourth year optometry interns from the New England College of Optometry.
Dr. Perez has been in private practice, providing full scope optometric service in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles for thirty five years. He is currently assistant professor of clinical optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry.
Dr. Perez has lectured on primary care optometry in Madrid Spain and Cali Colombia.