Executive Director of PUHC
Gloria Farias has been PUHC’s Executive Director since 1993, and has been a committed community leader for over 30 years, working with Pico-Union residents to improve their living standards and economic welfare. She has developed over $74.3 Million dollars of quality affordable housing under various programs such as tax credits, tax exempt bonds, 221 (d) 4, 202, CRA, LAHD and home financing. Through her contributions, PUHC has developed over 1000 units of affordable housing in the Pico-Union neighborhood in addition to a daycare and a computer center. She has also spearheaded community groups and business enterprises, organized graffiti and waste cleanups, and continuously conducts gang member and at-risk youth outreach.
Originator & Director at The GraffLab.
At the age of 10, Ricky attended community art classes in Pico Union. He taught over 200 fellow classmates art techniques that he learned from reading craft books. He then began his career in retail design. He brought his talents back to Pico Union by starting the Graff Lab. He saw children getting in trouble in the neighborhood and he wanted to create a safe place for them to learn and to demonstrate their art. When they cut the summer school program and cut the art programs, Ricky wanted to find a solution for his community. The solution was The Graff Lab.