Director, Corporate Compliance
Victor Abadia is the Director of Corporate Compliance for the YWCA Greater Los Angeles. He brings a wealth of experience in business and education, spanning more than 25 years as a consultant, educator, and business leader across the globe.
In his role, Victor is responsible for maintaining compliance for the Los Angeles Job Corps Center. As the appointed Job Corps Interim Center Director and Administrative Services Division (ASD) Director from June to Nov. 2015, Victor oversaw all center operations to ensure Job Corps policies and outcomes were met or exceeded. He led, directed and promoted interactions and cross-functional work across the center to ensure success for the performance- based contract as the center ranking went from No. 61 out of 125 centers nationwide to No. 7.
In addition, Victor’s passion in organizational development led him to improve processes as the ASD Director from Dec. 2012 to April 2015, by spearheading efforts to reinstate the Regional and National Office Procurement Authority. He planned, developed and implemented a strategic center-wide collaborative effort resulting in the acknowledgment of Los Angeles as one of the few centers in the nation, which exceeded the Department of Labor 50% Small Business Administration contractual obligations. He also secured the first-ever Small Business Administration 8(a) set-aside multi-million dollar contract in the San Francisco Region during the U.S. government shutdown in October 2013, as well as initiated a cost savings practice resulting in $60K annual savings and streamlined processes to maximize center efficiency and effectiveness.
His global leadership expertise includes the development of feasibility studies for environmental and chemical engineering projects for a consortium of companies in Japan. He established long-lasting partnerships between Japanese, American, and European companies, resulting in multi-million dollar environmental projects in Asia and the U.S.
His keen sense of cultural sensitivity, understanding of economically-challenged populations and profound understanding of human psychology, assisted his ability to serve as a teacher, counselor and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District. During his tenure, Victor managed multi-million dollar state and federal budget and he lobbied in Sacramento as a Board Member of three state-level professional organizations on behalf of adult education.
Victor earned his B.S. in Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and graduate and post-graduate studies in Educational Management and Organizational Leadership, respectively from the University of La Verne. He also holds professional clear credentials in Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills and Vocational Education from the University of San Diego and an Administrative Services credential from the University of California, Irvine.