Hellen Hong, Esq., is our Chief Regional Officer and is currently serving as our Interim CEO. Hellen leads the talented team in Los Angeles as the organization plans to more than double its impact in the coming year. She is responsible for expanding First Place’s public and private sector partnerships, as well as engaging the community and stakeholders to advance First Place’s mission. Hellen joins existing First Place leadership in LA to continue to advance the organization’s work.
Hellen comes to First Place with a strong track record as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) where she provided vision and strategic leadership for nearly seven years. Under Hellen’s leadership, there was significant growth at LACLJ, an organization that provides free legal services to low income families in LA County. During her tenure, the organization’s operating budget doubled and its staff size increased by 30 percent, while increasing access to the legal services for immigrants, domestic violence survivors, and teens. Her career as an attorney has been dedicated to the service of low income clients.