About Us

EPIC offers a holistic range of services, including essential resources, youth mentoring, career development, vocational training, cultural empowerment activities, and transitional housing with support services, all within a decolonizing and community-centric approach to empower immigrants and cultivate a supportive and equitable environment.

Our Staff

Josh Lopez-Reyes (he/el/ele) is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of EPIC. As a Mexican-American child of immigrants, his personal journey has profoundly shaped his commitment to immigrant communities. Witnessing his family members’ struggles with detention and deportation fueled his determination to advocate for systemic change. With over 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience, including co-founding the Echo Park Immigration Center (EPIC), Josh is dedicated to making a difference. He holds an MA in Transformational Urban Leadership, a Master of Divinity, and is completing a Doctor of Ministry. His two years working in the favelas of Brazil deepened his empathy for immigrants, as he experienced life in a foreign land where he didn’t speak the language and was far from his loved ones. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Josh is a certified candidate for ordained ministry with The United Methodist Church, while also cherishing his roles as a husband, brother, son, uncle, and friend. He is grateful to share his life journey with his partner, Grecia, who works as the Long Beach Director at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE).

Odette Avendano (She/Hers/Ella) is the Youth and Family Program Consultant at EPIC. She is a proud first-generation, Latina, immigrant professional/ entrepreneur. She earned a Bachelors in Chicanx and Labor studies from UCLA. Odette has spent several years working with organizations committed to address the following issues: Immigrant, Economic, and Education Justice. Odette has experience working as an organizer, educator and consultant for organizations committed to uplift and empower the immigrant community. She hopes to bring her knowledge, experience, and compassion to lead EPIC’s mission with sensitivity and care.

Marvin Roldan (He, Him) is the Migrant Shelter Coordinator at EPIC. He is originally from Guatemala and received a B.A in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Latin American Studies from UCSC. During his time at UCSC, he worked with staff and faculty to bring additional resources for undocumented students as part of the Undocumented Student Support Initiative. Marvin is an alumnus of the UCLA Dream Summer Fellowship Program for the cohort 2022. He was placed with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO which further confirmed his passion for social justice and uplifting undocumented voices. In his role as Migrant Shelter Coordinator, he will continue to ensure that migrant communities have access to resources, and hopes to create a supportive environment where undocumented folks feel safe and cared for.

Our Board

Naylea Hernandez, Board Chair

Emily Graham, Secretary

Rod Sprott, Treasurer

Eve Hyman

Gabriel Perez

Guillermo Torres

Rev. David Farley

Rev. Frank Wulf

David Eduardo Orellana Rivera