Lucia Diaz’s first step toward her career in teaching and administration began in 1981 when she came to Mar Vista Family Center as a parent participant with her own children in the Preschool Program. In 1985, she began serving as Mar Vista Family Center’s Head Teacher and the following year she was promoted to the position of Program Director. In 1995, she became CEO. She has coordinated community clean ups and events for more than 25 years. She has trained over 1000 community leaders including children, youth and adults to take control of their lives and community. As a result of her effort and commitment, community members have established a community board to plan events and address issues affecting their neighborhood.