George Zavala

George Zavala

George Zavala is the Western Regional Manager, supporting and growing Welcoming America’s local government and nonprofit membership in the Western United States. His work assists network members in making local policy, program, and systems change that advances inclusion.

Before coming to Welcoming America, George was the Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. He oversaw the direction and scope of the LA Y’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts, including the Immigrant Services program offered through their New American Welcome Centers.  As a Department of Justice Accredited Representative,George has extensive experience providing direct legal services to low-income newcomer community members.

A second generation Mexican American, he received his BA in English Literature from California State University, Northridge. George was born & raised in Southern California, and credits his large Mexican family as his inspiration for wanting to create inclusive communities where newcomers can thrive. He is passionate about developing programs, policies, and services that promote equitable access to social, economic, and civic participation for newcomers and receiving communities.