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Latosha Reyna

YWCA Greater Los Angeles / Latosha Reyna

Latosha Reyna, MSW

Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Services
YWCA Greater Los Angeles

Latosha Reyna rejoins the YWCA Greater Los Angeles as the Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Services. Latosha has a very diverse background both in non-profit organizations and television broadcasting. Latosha grew up in the entertainment business with both parents working for FOX Broadcast Television most of her life. She always believed that a career in television or music would be in her future. 

In 2006, Latosha abruptly made a drastic careers, change after working for FOX Broadcast Television for more than 5 years in various progressive roles lastly as a Music Licensing Assistant to becoming the Administrative Assistant for the California State University, Long Beach Upward Bound Program; a program that supports, guides, and inspires low-income, first generation, sometimes undocumented, underrepresented and at-risk youth complete high school and equips them with the skills that are necessary to graduate from postsecondary education. Because of Latosha excellent work ethic, a love for math and attention to detail this role quickly evolved into the Program Coordinator, where Latosha was responsible for the fiscal management of 2 federally funded Classic Upward Bound Programs, 1 Upward Bound Math & Science Program and 1 city of Long Beach funded Workforce Investment Act program with an annual budget of over $1,000,000 and the management of 5 staff members during the academic year and 20 during the six-week summer residential program. 

In 2013 the CSU, Long Beach, Upward Bound Program was named a National Model by an outside auditor. It was during this time that Latosha, with the support of her family, made the decision to go back to college with a goal of earning a degree in Music and attending USC’s BS Music Industry Business program. In an effort to fill her first college semester Latosha walked into the Abnormal Psychology class with the intent to add as an elective. This one class would change the trajectory of her life and career forever. Instead of simply taking enough classes to qualify for a transfer Latosha earned an AA in Behavioral Science from LA Harbor College in 2015. She then applied to and was accepted to attend UCLA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Minor in African American Studies, in 2017, all while continuing to work full-time at CSULB, Upward Bound Program and raise a family. 

Reflecting on her own life experiences Latosha decided to dedicate her future career to individual who have experienced sexual and intimate partner violence. Her first task was to become certified in the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Awareness and Identification which she completed in April 2018. While attending USC, Latosha focused her education on the goal sexual and intimate partner violence; joined the Compton Human Trafficking Taskforce as a volunteer and lobbied in San Diego for a change in laws to educate individuals and support victims right. In 2019 Latosha earned a Master of Social Work degree with a focus on Children, Youth and Family from the University of Southern California. After graduation, Latosha worked for Hope of the Valley as the first Family Housing Navigator providing support to families experiencing homelessness, intensive case management with a goal of helping them overcome barriers, becoming financially stable and securing permanent housing. Latosha was the previous Program Manager for the YWCA Greater Los Angeles, Rosa Park Rape Crisis Center in South Los Angeles. Latosha most recently worked as the Project Manager for ValorUS, the coalition against sexual violence in California. 

Latosha was born in Springfield, Ohio but was raised in California since she was 2. She is happily married to her loving husband and is the proud mother of 4 beautiful children 3 daughters and 1 son and is the “Lala” to her adorable, wonderfully-amazing grandson.