About Us

Our Story

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles (BGCMLA) was founded in December 2015, as a strategic partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles to help steward a cluster of Metro-area Clubs. 

Historically, the 27 Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles operated independently, which meant each club tackled their own budgets, managed their own human resources, and created their own internal processes to serve their respective communities as best as possible. However, BGCMLA recognized that a critical first step towards eliminating the gap in access for thousands of youth in Los Angeles was to implement new, innovative operating and governance models for our existing Club organizations. 

At BGCMLA, we are wholly committed to maximizing our Clubs’ potential to serve more kids, more often, and to build strong, sustainable organizations. 

See how we’re deepening impact on LA youth & families 

Our Clubs

Recognizing the power of collaboration, the following long-standing Boys & Girls Clubs and one new Club have joined together to form Metro LA, which collectively serve more than 4,000 LA youth annually:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Nickerson Gardens: A newly created partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

  • Lou Dantzler Challengers Boys & Girls Club: Serving South LA since 1968

  • Bell Gardens Boys & Girls Club: Formerly operated by Rio Hondo Boys & Girls Club, serving since 1960

  • Roy W. Roberts, II Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club: Serving Watts since 1957

  • Jordan Downs: Opened on June 28th 2017, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Our Team

Calvin Lyons, CEO

Calvin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his non-profit work at the Talaris Institute, Rainier Scholars and INROADS; three youth development organizations serving age ranges from early education to young adulthood. He has also worked within the private sector in both diversity and senior human resources roles at Washington Mutual and the Boeing Company.

Calvin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, an MBA from Pepperdine University and completed the Executive Leadership Program in Business at Seattle University. His resume highlights extensive volunteer and board service throughout his professional career.

As a servant leader, he leads people by action over talk. Calvin inspires people to follow him by example and by rolling up his sleeves. He believes in modeling the behavior that is appropriate for moving an organization forward all while building strong, empowered and engaged teams.

Calvin is a former Boy’s Club kid from Gary, Indiana and is the embodiment of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles’ mission. He possesses a relentless passion to help all kids achieve successful outcomes but especially advocates for those without access to high quality youth development programming – those who need the Clubs most. When not at the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, exercising, and collecting chess sets from around the world.

Chris Coleman, CFO

Chris Coleman brings over 25 years of for and not-for-profit management experience to guiding the finance and operations areas for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles (BGCMLA). 

Prior to joining BGCMLA he served in the same capacity at the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County – supporting the growth and implementing enhanced fiscal and operational management for clubs throughout the greater Seattle area. 

Previously he supported companies in Washington state develop and commercialize new products and technologies as the COO / CFO of Innovate Washington, a public private partnership with the State of Washington and the successor to the Washington Technology Center (WTC) where he had served as Director, Business Operations, CFO, and subsequently CEO. 

While at WTC Chris expanded the Washington Technology Center’s interaction with companies, research institutions and communities, led the development of partnerships with universities throughout the state, and drafted the legislation to later form Innovate Washington. 

Prior to the Washington Technology Center, Chris served in executive positions in both the public and private sector including CFO and Director, Business Affairs for Portland Center Stage, and as Vice President and Director, Business Operations for Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center. 

As a key member of the team that is supporting the growth and development of BGCMLA, Chris is helping to create a reinvigorated focus on kids and their communities throughout the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Veronica Jimenez, VP of Operations

Veronica Jimenez, provides oversight and leadership. She has an M.A. in Public Administration from CSU, Long Beach, and a B.A. in Sociology/Administrative Studies from UC Riverside. Veronica has over 16 years of experience working with low-income families, and over twelve years of experience in Boys & Girls Clubs. Prior to coming to the Club, she was the VP of Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson for 8 years and prior to that, served as Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay. She has extensive experience with staff recruitment, training, and program implementation and management. Veronica is seen as leader in outcome driven programs and program evaluation within the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). She was one of three presenters at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Pacific Region Conference in September of 2012 for the “Formula for Impact 101- The Basics to Help You Succeed” session. She has been one of thirteen BGCA trainers for the Formula for Impact (FFI) Outcome Measurement Strategy. Veronica is a Board Member of the Harbor Community Clinic. She is a member of the BGCA Professional Association Sierra Madre Chapter since 2008; she has served as the Director of the Operations Committee since 2010. At BGCA's Leadership Conference in January 2015, Veronica was named the Pacific Region's Professional of the Year.

Kimberly Washington, VP of Resource Development

Continuing to spread her wings within the Boys & Girls Club movement, Washington joins BGCMLA after serving as a 6-year board member with the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank (two of which as Board Chair), a member of the Los Angeles County Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Marketing & Fundraising Committee, and a presenter for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America on corporate fundraising strategies.  Most recently, she was the VP of Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson at which she expanded the foundation and grant support for the Clubs, created and enhanced the mission-driven fundraising events, increased major and individual gifts, and founded the Resource Development Exchange Facebook page to provide a platform for professionals within the movement to share best practices. 

Washington honed her skills in the for-profit world as a 24-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, where as the Director of Global Business & Brand Development, she oversaw the long-lead development, production, and promotion of 15 Disney on Ice theatrical shows worldwide.  Additionally, she brings a breath of event-driven fundraising experience to the table as an independent contractor, where she has managed and produced several successful events including the 2011 Boys & Girls Club of America Pacific Region Annual Gala, the NFL Owners Party for Super Bowl XLV, the Grand Opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX, the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C., and the Mercy House homeless shelter and transitional living provider for the last 14 years running.

Katleen Hernandez

Development Operations Coordinator

Zaira Valles 

Executive Assistant to CEO

Club Directors


Roy W. Roberts, II Watts/
Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club

Jenessa Hernandez 

Nickerson Gardens Clubhouse


Lou Dantzler Challengers Boys & Girls Club


Bell Gardens Clubhouse


Jordan Downs Clubhouse

Our Board

Harry Argires
 Executive Committee, Treasurer

 George Brown 
Executive Committee, Board Chair 
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP  

Jim Jackson 
Schiff Capital

Calvin Johnston
The Johnston Group

Larry Jones
Fox Sports
Karen E. Pointer, Esq.
Executive Committee, Vice Chair
Lerman Pointer & Spitz LLP

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
Charles Schwab Foundation

Andrew Tennenbaum
Flashpoint Entertainment 

Rosemary Turner 
Executive Committee, Secretary 
United Parcel Service, Inc. 

David Wurth 

Top Funders

Champion $100,000 - $750, 000 
The Ahmanson Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation
Ballmer Group 
California Community Foundation
Los Angeles Youth Tennis
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation 
Rose Hills Foundation

Advocate $50,000- $99,000
Bicycle Hotel and Casino
California Community Foundation
Centene Corporation (Health Net Inc.)
Charles Schwab/Schwab Foundation
George Hoag Foundation
LA County Department of Social Services
Office of Justice Programs
Pacific Youth Foundation

Empowerment $10,000 -$49,000
Buffalo Wild Wings (BGCA)  
Cal Johnston
Carol and James Collins Foundation
Compton Unified School Dist.
Edison International
Green Dot Public Schools
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (Project Learn)
Jim Moore Foundation
KPMG - Harry Argires
LA County Alliance
Morgan Stanley
National Basketball Association
Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative
Robert Tietjen
Ross Stores Foundation
Taco Bell Foundation
United Way
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
UPS Foundation - Rosemary Turner

Anchor $5,000-$7,500 
AEG Donation (Thanks for Giving)
Aegis Living
Andrew Tennenbaum 
Best Buy Foundation
Carrie Estelle Doheny (St. Odillia)
Florence W. Jones Trust
Fred & Susan Nason
George Brown
Kaiser Permanente
Mission View Public Charter
Rite Aid Foundation
The Walt Disney Company
Weingart Foundation
West Coast Sports Associates

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