Who Are We?
Eduardo TorresAlejandra LieraTrinidad Aceves
Sua began her career in the affordable housing industry in the late 1990s after an ELACC organizer introduced her family to the organization and politics of economic justice. The awareness she gained from that experience is the foundation through which she understands the systemic inequities that plague communities of modest means that lead to housing insecurity.
Since then, Sua has sharpened her knowledge of the industry by working towards solutions from different angles. She has worked closely with affordable housing residents as a lead organizer, campaigning around land-use, tenant rights, and economic justice issues. In the past ten years, she has focused her work on understanding asset management and property stewardship. She had the opportunity to work in the asset management team of one of the
strongest syndicators in the country, which allowed her to gained insights into the LIHTC program’s intricacies and an analytical understanding of portfolio performance. She also served as the Director of Asset & Property Management for an affordable housing developer who believes in accountable, community-driven development, equitable housing, transformation through socio-economic justice, and building wealth through financial empowerment. Sua holds a BA in urban and environmental policy from Occidental College.
Eduardo Torres – Bio For more than twenty years, Eduardo Torres has devoted his entire professional career working in the public sector primarily focused in the area of social and housing justice. Eduardo has held leadership positions at a wide
variety of local and regional non-profit organizations. His most current community work involves co-forming the El Sereno Community Land Trust as an active board member and as the Director of Operations. Eduardo currently provides education
and financial literacy consulting services to various organizations. He is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he earned his B.A. in Social Science. Eduardo
was awarded an Equity Fellowship to continue his graduate education at Cal State University, Northridge in Chicano Studies. Additionally, he is currently lecturing at LA Trade Tech College in the Community Planning; Economic Development department where he teaches on Community Organizing and Non-Profit Management. In his leisure time, he enjoys reading about oral history, cooking spicy food, exploring the world, and listening to Jazz music. He is married to Cati Acevedo-Torres and has a son named Sandino Acevedo-Torres and a stepson named Walter Rodriguez and currently resides in Bellflower, CA. Updated December 2020
Angela connects with local resources, community leaders and the media to raise
awareness on the fight for permanent affordable housing and land preservation.
Angela is a 3 rd generation native Angelena on Tongva and Chumash territory, she co-
founded a community, cultural and autonomous space, The Eastside Café as well as
The El Sereno Community Land Trust to address concerns of gentrification and
displacement. Angela is passionate about cultural arts preservation, community
place-making, digital arts education, advocating to house the houseless and land
stewardship. She manages and strategizes comprehensive communications in
developing effective messaging for the land trust. Angela graduated from CSUN with
a B.A in Creative Writing and Screenwriting at CSUN and received a Masters
Certificate in Arts in Leadership at USC.
Alejandra Liera (Purple) is an educator, community organizer, and healing justice
advocate. Purple helped form the El Sereno Community Land Trust in 2017. She
officially joined our staff as our Program Manager in the Fall of 2020. She has over
15 years of Nonprofit Management and Community Organizing experience.
Purple is passionate about housing as a healing right, land stewardship, and
community self-determination. She is committed to enhancing El Sereno Community
Land Trust initiatives’ capacity by offering her experience, skills, and services in
program development, community education, capacity-building, and strategic
planning for our organization and policy campaigns. Purple earned her B.A. in
Human Development with a Specialization in Social Change and is excited to
continue impacting the El Sereno community and the greater Los Angeles area.