Join us for our upcoming exhibition:
Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology
January 27 - June 11, 2023

Meet Our Team!

Administration & Operations    
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Leslie A. Ito (She/Her)
Executive Director/President

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About Leslie
Prior to my role at the Armory, I was President & CEO of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and also held the position of Program Director for Arts and Health at the California Community Foundation, and Director of Grant Programs at the LA County Arts Commission. Earlier in my career, I served as Executive Director of Visual Communications and as Program Associate in the Media, Arts Culture Division at the Ford Foundation in New York. I currently serve as a Community Trustee for the Durfee Foundation. A native of Pasadena and a Yonsei, fourth-generation Japanese American, I attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. I received an M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA and a B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. My partner, Steven Wong, and I have two teens and a timid Doberman.

What is something you would love to learn?
To speak and read enough Japanese to get around in the motherland.


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Laura Hinojos (She/Her)
Director of Facilities & Operations

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About Laura
I have over 17 years of experience working in non-profit arts administration. Most of this time has been with the Armory, where I started in 2004 as a Gallery Attendant & Assistant, and then Accounting Services Coordinator. In March 2019, I began my current role as the Director of Facilities & Operations. I received a B.A. in psychology from San Francisco State and it was my college internship at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco that introduced me to the important role of non-profit arts organizations. I find strength in the way art can provide a voice and create connections. Outside of work, I enjoy warm cups of coffee, loving my two kitties, and singing 80’s love songs.

What is something you would love to learn?
How to play the piano.

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Connie Ho (She/Her)
Executive & Finance Manager

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About Connie
I have over 5 years of experience working in non-profits. Outside of work I enjoy experiencing the great outdoors.

What do you value most?
I value honesty and creativity.



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External Relations    
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Andrew Gould (He/Him)
Vice President, External Relations

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About Andrew
Driven by a commitment to the healing power of art and enriching our communities, I have worked in the nonprofit sector across Los Angeles County for over fifteen years. Prior to my service at the Armory, I served in leadership positions at the ONE Archives Foundation, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and Southern California Public Radio/KPCC. Earlier in my career, I created unique events that helped define the experimental LGBTQ+ nightlife scene of Los Angeles in the early 2000s, including a prominent weekly salon with international genderqueer performance artist Vaginal Davis and an acclaimed spoken word series with artist and no-wave icon Lydia Lunch. Although I have lived in California for more than two decades, I grew up and studied in the United Kingdom and travel back often to see my family and explore the ancient landscapes and megalithic ruins of western England.

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Getting to know people in our Armory community, what drives them, what inspires them, how I can learn from them, and how they can make me think differently about the world.

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Jon Lapointe (He/Him)
Director of Development & Marketing

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About Jon
A native of rural Massachusetts, I have over 25 years of experience working in public practice, media design, and nonprofit arts administration in Los Angeles County. A graduate of CalArts' MFA program in Art, I first learned of community-based arts organizations while working closely with the Institute's award-winning Community Arts Partnership Program. After graduating, I worked for future MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin for two years as the project coordinator for the GALA Committee — a nationwide collective of artists who infiltrated the Fox TV show Melrose Place and created the first public art project in primetime television history. After a brief stint in the for-profit sector during the Dot Com boom, I served as Executive Director of Side Street Projects for nine years before joining the Armory in 2010, where I served as Communications Director prior to my current position. My wife, Emily Hopkins, and I both live in Pasadena and work in the city's vibrant nonprofit arts community.

What is something you would love to learn?
I am trying to learn soldering and de-soldering of electrical circuit boards to support my crippling vintage audio equipment addiction.

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Milly J. Correa Hernandez (They/She)
Senior Communications Manager

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About Milly
I'm a passionate Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Activist, lifelong learner, and instigator of random acts of kindness. As A Humboldt State alumna, I've pledged to be mindful of the social and environmental impact of my daily actions and do my best to improve these in every aspect of my life. Whether through my job, freelancing, or passion projects, I communicate messages that bring awareness to causes that strengthen the community and better the world. I've designed for multiple galleries, small eco-centric businesses, non-profit arts and performing arts organizations, and universities. I currently volunteer for Remainders Creative Reuse, Arlington Gardens, Pasadena Humane Society, Pasadena City College, and Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. During my free time, I enjoy vegan food, book clubs, walks, yoga, meditation, picnics, various upcycling projects, attending plays, and relishing the mundane.

What do you value most?
Authenticity, being true to who you are including not saying you're okay when you're not okay. When you show up authentically, you create a space for others to do the same.



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Karen Satzman (She/Her)
Vice President, Programs

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About Karen
At Armory Center for the Arts, I oversee all public-facing programming, from Schools and Studio to Off-Site Community and Exhibitions, and passionately believe in the power of art to transform lives. I joined the Armory in 2022, after over 20 years at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where I grew my passion for making art accessible to all. I clearly remember my first museum field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as a 3rd grader and my wish is that everyone has the opportunity to make lasting personal connections to art. I studied Art History at UC Santa Cruz (go slugs!) and at the University of Madrid in Spain. I love slow stitching, making dioramas, family road trips, and pie.

When you were growing up, what was your favorite creative activity?
Making stuff. It is still my favorite thing to do.


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Lilia Hernandez (She/Her)
Director of Community Programs

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About Lilia
I deeply believe that creative experiences are essential for all human beings. The sense of wonder they create heals, inspires, and contributes to individual well-being and collective quality of life. Overseeing off-site, out-of-school programming provides an opportunity to connect across communities. A background in political science and photograpy have been helpful in helping to navigate the complexities that surface when working in a multitude of settings.

What do you value most?
Kindness, genuine inclusiveness, head space, heart space, and creative flow.

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Irene Georgia Tsatsos
Director of Exhibition Programs/Chief Curator

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About Irene
Lifelong visual artist, values-driven contemporary art curator, and mission-driven non-profit cultural worker interested in the impacts and histories of diverse visual art practices, along with the circumstances that affect the funding of, production of, and access to art. Artistic experimentation is a vital democratic value and art should be available to all. These beliefs inform my collaborative practice and are the foundation of my career.

When you were growing up, what was your favorite creative activity?
My grandmother taught me embroidery. I loved it then and still do.


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Julienne Fusello (She/Her)
Studio Director

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About Julienne
I grew up in San Francisco and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to attend UCLA. I graduated in 2016 from the UCLA School of Arts & Architecture and began working at the Armory 1 week later. Outside of work, I am a painter and a ceramicist.

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Being able to create impactful programming and experiences for students of all ages.


Joe Sanchez (He/Him)
Community Programs Coordinator

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About Joe
I have been a Teaching Artist in the Armory's studio and community-based arts education programs since 2012. Los Angeles-based artist, I earned my B.F.A. in California Institute of the Arts’ Photography and Media program; my current creative practice also includes photography, illustration, and graphic design. 

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Heber Rodriguez (He/Him)
Exhibition Manager/Assistant Curator

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About Heber
I’m a Los Angeles-based curator, cultural producer, and creative who builds community around cultural practices. I produce events, exhibitions, and performances that offer opportunities for unique and memorable social interaction. My practice is informed by my experience growing up undocumented in Northeast Los Angeles.

What do you value most?
I value self-determination through knowledge and skill-building the most.

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Janeth Aparicio Vazquez (She/Her)
Project Coordinator/ Curatorial Assistant

About Janeth
I am an artist and arts administrative worker from Los Angeles that has supported many art spaces in Los Angeles and Mexico, including Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Lagos Galeria y Residencias, and 356 Mission. I received a BA in studio art from Occidental College. My work has been most recently exhibited at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

What do you value most?
I value connectedness to and respect for the land!

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Alheli Tostado (She/Her)
Visitor Services Coordinator

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About Alheli
I studied Anthropology and Art History at UCLA, worked at the Hammer Museum after graduation, and have now been at the Armory for 4 years. I enjoy reading, cooking, and gardening in my personal time.

What do you value most?

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Aidan O’Connor (She/Her)
Visitor Services Associate & Assistant to Programs

About Aidan
I can often be found in the front office, supporting studio class check-ins, helping gallery visitors, and assisting with schools program. If you can't find me there, I might be deep in conversation about where to find the best vegan treats in LA. I'm a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where I majored in Comedy Writing and Performance. I now perform at various theaters throughout LA! I'm so grateful to be a part of the Armory team! 

When you were growing up, what was your favorite creative activity?
Growing up my favorite activity was dancing. It fills my soul with so much joy and gets me out of my overthinking head.

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Krystal Ramirez (She/Her)
Visitor Services Associate

About Krystal
I'm a Los Angeles-based arts administrator and independent curator in the contemporary sphere. A graduate of the UCia, Riverside with a BA in Art History and Administrative Studies. I've served within multiple non-profit art organizations, including Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, UCR Arts, California Museum of Photography, Craft in America, 18th Street Arts Center, and Arts for LA. While pursuing curatorial and administrative work, I also practice different mediums during my personal time, including photography, pottery, and craft work. I occasionally collaborate with local Latinx and BIPOC artists to organize community art shows and vending opportunities.

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Witnessing a guest connect with one of our exhibitions, or when a student expresses how much they benefit from one of our courses. 

Layne Harris (He/Him)
Visitor Services Associate

About Layne
Born and raised in Southern California, I am an ArtCenter College of Design Alumni (BFA 2022) and began working at the Armory as an intern in 2021. Since then I have found myself as a permanent member of the team and had the pleasure of working with a cast of amazing staff including administrators and teaching artists. Outside of work, I am an exhibiting studio artist with a focus on painting and drawing, and when I'm not working on art you'll find me practicing with my guitar or playing games with friends!

What is something you would love to learn?
I've just started learning the guitar, which is something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. I'm still super early in the process, so I would still consider it as something I'd love to learn!

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Benin Marshall (He/Him)
Visitor Services Associate

About Benin
I am a graduate of Art Center College of Design and a past Getty Multicultural intern for the Armory. I work in schools/community with teaching art workshops to folks and also am a teaching artists for the Armory and Side Street Projects. I love making Art and design but also love creating valuable connections and access to the arts.

What is something you would love to learn?


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