Women in PPD Lunch & Career Panel Bios

Screen Shot 2016-09-19 at 7.57.31 PM.pngJennifer Bravo is Director, Prize Development at the XPRIZE Foundation, where she leads the development of prize competitions that leverage a global community of innovative thinkers, problem solvers, and entrepreneurs to tackle the world’s Grand Challenges. Ms. Bravo contributes to the Foundation’s strategic direction; conducts and oversees the research and analysis necessary to determine the most effective prize competitions in any given domain; collaborates with thought leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs, and change makers; initiates and maintains partnerships that make XPRIZE competitions successful; and delivers quality prize designs and impact proposals to clients across the private and NGO sectors.

Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Bravo worked closely with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions for over a decade to develop and implement policy in the public interest. Ms. Bravo earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento in anthropology, and her Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California, where she serves on the alumni board of the USC Price School of Public Policy. She spends her free time advocating for animal protection, environmental, and social justice issues.


screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-7-58-07-pmMartha Saucedo is the Executive Vice President, External Affairs at AEG. Martha Saucedo, a highly-experienced public affairs and government relations specialist with expertise in developing and implementing political, communications and community engagement strategies, is responsible for overseeing AEG’s public and community affairs policies, charitable involvement, outreach and development programs. She is Chair of the Central City Association Board of Directors, serves on the Boards of Inner City Arts, the Expo Center in South Los Angeles as well as the California Hospital Medical Center Community Advisory Board. She has been honored as a CCA “Mover and Shaker”, named a CORO “Community Builder” and chosen by the Sports Business Journal in 2013 as one of the 40 most influential sports executives under the age of 40. A Southern California native, Ms. Saucedo attended UCLA where she earned her degree in Political Science.


Screen Shot 2016-09-19 at 7.57.59 PM.pngAbigail R. Marquez is the Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles, Housing + Community Investment Department. Abigail R. Marquez is responsible for managing and directing the operations of the newly created Community Services and Development Bureau. This includes overseeing the planning and administration of the City’s Consolidated Plan, which includes $120 million in federal funds to support economic development and neighborhood improvement programs, and the implementation of the department’s social service delivery programs; FamilySource System, Domestic Violence Shelter Operations, Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA), Supportive Housing Services for homeless individuals and families, and Fair Housing programs. In this role, she also works with staff to provide strategic direction to the bureau’s five commissions: Commission on Community & Family Services; Commission on the Status of Women; Community Action Board; Human Relations Commission; and Affordable Housing Commission.

Mrs. Marquez previously served as Director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity for Los Angeles City Mayor, Eric Garcetti. She led the development and delivery of policy and strategy to meet the Mayor’s education and workforce development priorities. Prior experience also include serving as the Deputy Director with the City of Los Angeles, Community Development Department. In this capacity, she was responsible for managing 21 FamilySource Centers, which provide core services designed to assist low-income families become self-sufficient by increasing family economic resources and academic achievement for youth and adults. She led the implementation of a $15 million dollar system that served over 50,000 low-income city residents annually.

Mrs. Marquez brings fifteen years of public service experience to HCIDLA. She has a proven track-record of forging public and private partnerships to advance policies and programs aimed at lifting Angelenos out of poverty. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Science in Project Management from the University of Redlands.

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-7-57-13-pmSilvia Gutierrez currently serves as Executive Director of Bridge to Home. Ms. Gutierrez earned a Masters of Executive Leadership degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors’ of Science degree in Social Work from Union Institute and University.

Previously she worked as the Executive Director of The Immaculate Heart Community where she managed a $5.2 million budget and a staff of 80.

Prior to that, Gutierrez served as Associate Director for Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women in and Children, where she managed a staff of 30 and a $2.4 million budget.


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