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Azusena Favela

Senior Program Officer

Azusena Favela joined The James Irvine Foundation in 2022 as a Senior Program Officer. Azusena has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sector, focused on community economic development. She previously served as Deputy Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer & Business Affairs. She was responsible for the County’s Foreclosure Prevention, Center for Financial Empowerment, and Office of Small Business programs. She also provided oversight of the department’s COVID response strategies, including a cross-jurisdiction partnership to deploy $108M in small business and nonprofit grants using an equity lens. 

Prior to working for Los Angeles County, she served in leadership roles with Inclusive Action for the City (formerly Leadership for Urban Renewal Network), First 5 LA, CD Tech, and New Economics for Women. She also serves on her local neighborhood council.    

Azusena was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. She holds a master’s degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor’s degree in History, Chicano/a Studies, and a minor in Education from UCLA.