At Upward Bound House, we empower our families to overcome their barriers to housing so that they can transition out of homelessness and poverty. Our programs build on each family’s strengths and teach them professional and life skills while also bolstering their ability to be self-sufficient and independent. Since our inception, we have placed around 1,400 families in permanent housing, including 2,600 children.
President and CEO
Christine Mirasy-Glasco leads Upward Bound House (UBH) with over twenty-five years of experience in the field of homelessness. Prior to joining UBH, she was the Chief Programs Officer at PATH where she oversaw programs of four organizations operating temporary shelters, interim housing, service centers, and permanent supportive housing projects. She also served as Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Shelter, a leading provider of housing and services for homeless families. Her nonprofit experience is complemented by many years of leading the Contracts and Grants Management department of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).
Christine sits on several policy tables including the Continuum of Care (CoC) Board as well as the Race Equity Committee of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute. Christine is also the Co-Chair of the Family Caucus, a subgroup of the Provider Alliance to End Homelessness, an alliance of nonprofit agencies united by a shared commitment to serve the needs of all who experience homelessness and to break the cycle of poverty. She is also the former Co-Chair of the Westside Coalition, an alliance of forty-five organizations, public agencies and faith communities.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Law from the University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France, a Master’s degree in International and European Law from the University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France and a Pre-doctorate degree in International Economic Law from the University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France.
Director of Administration
Tara is a dynamic management professional with over 15 years of progressive leadership and management experience. She has a strong programs and administrative background in non-profit management, gathered from her various leadership roles in housing and homeless services; including Outreach Coordinator for ESAP Program at Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Director of Tenant Hotline for the Housing Rights Center, and Chief Administrative Officer at PATH Partners. Tara came to UBH in 2017, and now provides oversight, management, and systems integration to the various housing and employment programs at UBH. She is responsible for overall program development, implementation, outcomes and evaluation. Ms. Brown also has extensive experience in building community partnerships and support for programs, to further improve and enrich the various wrap-around services available to the families we serve.
When Tara isn’t working on UBH projects, she is immersed in serving the community through her membership on the Board of Directors for Sanctuary of Hope, a non-profit agency working with emancipated foster youth and Transition Age Youth. She is also an avid outdoors-person, sports fan, and is a member of the Rancho Tennis Club, Harbor City Volleyball League, and Westside Volleyball League. She has also continued her involvement with her favorite charity, UniCamp, and Sunshine Kids.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from UCLA.
Director of Donor Relations
Laura joined Upward Bound House in 2019 with 20 years of experience as a leader in bringing change to the underserved population in Los Angeles. Prior to her role at UBH, she worked in various positions and organizations connected to the LAUSD Beyond the Bell after-school programs division.
In her progressive career, she worked in curriculum and program development, youth leadership training, staff training, event coordination, management and fundraising. Some of her accomplishments include developing and expanding one of the biggest talent and leadership campaigns for 20,000 inner-city youth and facilitating the Beyond the Bell Golf Classic Fundraiser. In her career, she fostered partnerships and support from Nick Cannon and Ncredible Entertainment, Paramount Studios, Kareem Abdul-Jabar and his Skyhook Foundation, the L. A. Galaxy, the Johnny Carson Foundation, and the Los Angeles Rams.
In her spare time, Laura serves on the board of the Outkast Academy, a dance and leadership non-profit for inner-city youth. She also loves the arts, particularly singing and songwriting and has worked with fellow artists in Jazz, Pop and Gospel music.
Director of Operations and Compliance
Edward is currently the Director of Operations and Compliance for Upward Bound House. He has worked in the non-profit sector for the past four years. Prior to joining Upward Bound House he served as Senior Manager of Operations for First To Serve Outreach Ministries, and before that as Property Loans Manager for Southern California Alcohol & Drug Programs, Inc. Edward’s focus has always been in the implementation of best practices, procedures, reports and documentation as necessary to develop and sustain the infrastructure of organizations providing supportive housing throughout the county of Los Angeles.
At Upward Bound House Edward is responsible for developing metrics and key performance indicators to gauge the effectiveness of operations and ensure efficiency across the agency. Edward holds a degree from Columbia College of Hollywood in Television and Cinema Production, and worked in television and media production for over a decade, before transitioning to social services work. Born and raised in Northern California, he resides in Cerritos, California with his devoted wife Va Lecia and two of their three children.
Jardine joined Upward Bound House in November 2020. Prior to joining UBH, Jardine worked in the non-profit industry for over 14 years in financial and accounting management. Through her years of experience managing an organization’s assets and liabilities, with layers of varying complexities due to restrictions and compliance, she has built a solid understanding of the intricacies of financial planning and how it affects, and is affected by, organizational and programmatic management.
She has a passion for working with organizations that provide opportunities and assistance in communities that are underserved; especially those that are focused in raising up the bar for children and families. This passion drives her to always keep the mission in focus and ensures sound financial management decisions to keep the organization thriving. Jardine grew up in Los Angeles, is a UCLA alumna and is an avid fan of Los Angeles sports teams.
Director of Facilities
Jorge is currently the Director of Facilities for Upward Bound House. He moved from his hometown of Guatemala City to Los Angeles in 2003, and began working at Upward Bound House the same year. He graduated with a major in Computer Information Systems and Business from California State University, Los Angeles. Passionate about helping people and trying to eliminate homelessness, he has channeled his knowledge and skills to provide a safe and comfortable living space for families with children in our programs.
Jorge is responsible for managing UBH’s shelters for homeless families in Santa Monica and Culver City along with low income housing for seniors, Senior Villa. He also assisted with the construction and opening of our first crisis housing facility in Culver City. Jorge regularly provides creative solutions throughout the planning and execution of yearly maintenance plans. Jorge and his facilities team work hard to ensure that all incoming families feel welcome when they enter their new home at UBH.