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Betty Avila

Betty Avila is a native of Los Angeles, born and raised in Cypress Park, and now working in Boyle Heights’s Self Help Graphics and Art. Betty’s work has centered on the intersection of the arts and social justice, with a particular focus on community building, public space, and youth empowerment. She has held positions with the Getty Research Institute, The Music Center and the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. Betty joined the Self Help Graphics and Art leadership in 2015, an organization with a 44-year nationally recognized artistic legacy of empowering the Chicano and Latino communities of Los Angeles through the arts. She is a founding board member and immediate past president of Multicultural Communities for Mobility, which exists to support low-income communities of color that bike, walk, and use public transit. In 2017, Betty was named one of C-Suite Quarterly Magazine’s NextGen 10 in Philanthropy, Arts and Culture and an Impact-Maker to Watch by City Impact Labs. She received her B.A. in Literature at Pitzer College, has an M.A. in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, and is a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to Korea.