Preparing students for lives full of choices.

The heart and soul of LA's BEST comes from our students. And it's our staff who appreciates this most.

We are a diverse team, working together to champion equity for all children in Los Angeles. We support each other, and we strive to meet the needs of every child.

Nonprofit Office

Operations Office


Dee Ann Rivera, Chief Operating Officer

The key to Dee Ann’s position is to have an understanding of processes and putting systems in place that enable the Operations Office to be the most productive in improving logistics for all those systems. Dee Ann has been with LAUSD for over three decades working on school campuses; supervisory roles; administrative leadership; advocating legislation; and currently program infrastructure. Her contributions to LA’s BEST began in 1994, a few years after obtaining her degree. This 23-year journey with LA’s BEST started as a site coordinator, eventually events coordinator and current director. During this time she has obtained countless relationships, collaboration partners, program insights, support networks, resources and experience that she uses daily for the benefit of our children.

“My core motivation is social justice. I feel this program has evolved with the times, is making new leaders and advocates in creating opportunities for children regardless of ZIP code.”