Gallery Hours: Fridays 2-6 PM
Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 PM
Admission is always free.

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 2020, 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 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Pasadena Humane Society, Pasadena City College, and the Humane League. During my free time, I enjoy vegan food, books, walks, yoga, picnics, DIY projects, 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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Krystal M. Ramirez (She/Her)
External Relations Assistant 

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About Krystal
I'm a Los Angeles-based arts administrator and independent organizer in the contemporary sphere. Prior to joining the Armory, I served within multiple non-profit art organizations, including the 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. I occasionally collaborate with local artists to organize community art shows and vending opportunities. I received my BA in Art History and Administrative Studies from UC, Riverside, and have plans to expand on my educational journey. While pursuing curatorial and administrative work, I also practice different mediums during my personal time, including photography, ceramics, and a variety of craftwork.

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. 

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Amber N. Hawkins (She/Her)
Development Manager 

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About Amber
As a native of Memphis, Tennessee, I have carried my southern hospitality throughout my 15-year career in the nonprofit industry. My background in the arts has afforded me the opportunity to have a dynamic blend of experiences, from fundraising to digital design and everywhere in between! Prior to coming to the Armory, I worked in the entertainment industry.

When you were growing up, what was your favorite creative activity?
My mom was a home economics teacher for a few years, and she sewed all of our clothes. Just by watching her, I would make my Barbie's full wardrobes from her scraps. My sister was in charge of making our 3-story "Barbie Dream House" out of several shoe boxes and anything else we could find! Complete with an elevator, water bed, and pool.



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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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Heber Rodriguez (He/Him)
Director of Exhibitions

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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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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. 


Danielle Hill (She/Her)
Exhibition Coordinator

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About Danielle
I am a Cleveland-born artist and arts manager based in Pasadena, CA. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from Baldwin Wallace University in 2019 and a Master of Arts in Arts Management from Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University in 2020. My background is in arts management, development, and collective, community-based arts engagement. I worked at Mayfield Senior School as the Development Coordinator and ZEAL Co-op as the Studio Incubator Program Manager. In my arts management practice, I collaborate with collectives and organizations that invest in the thriving of Black artists of the diaspora. Since moving to California, I developed a love of nature, especially mountains, and often paint and photograph candid moments of loved ones interacting with the world around them. In my free time, I can be found drawing or painting, reading a book, visiting art events, planning spontaneous road trips, or “mountain watching” with friends.

What is something you would love to learn during your time at the Armory?
I would love to learn how to develop film in the darkroom.


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Corinne Dyson (They/She)
Education Coordinator

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About Corrine
I am an art educator and arts administrator from Altadena, CA. I graduated from PCC and UCLA, where I studied art and anthropology while working at the Fowler and the Natural History Museum. Prior to the Armory, I taught and organized art enrichment programs in the Pasadena area. In my current position, I’m bringing together my experience in the classroom and in museum art education to expand accessibility to our educational programs. Outside of work I attempt to master every sport, organize art and food events with friends, and work on my ceramics portfolio.

What is something you would love to learn?
Large scale mural and mosaic installation


Shoop Rozario (They/Them)
Public Programs Associate

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About Shoop
I am a recent graduate of Scripps College where I studied Social Movements. I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of and learn from a range of social justice centered organizations and collectives, including, Visual Communications, Farm2Power, United Cambodian Community of Long Beach, Materials & Applications, and Center for the Study of Political Graphics. I am now super grateful to be at the Armory as the Public Programs Associate! I am also an artist whose work is often in partnership with the community to center storytelling, build relationships, and share community + ancestral knowledge. In my free time I am a line cook, hiking to waterfalls, learning new crafts, foraging, playing video games, and parenting my puppy.

What is something you would love to learn?
I would love to deepen my knowledge of wildlife identification!

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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!


Lisa Watts (She/Her)
Community Organizer

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About Lisa
At this time in my life, every experience, good and not so good, is coming together as my passion meets purpose. Community and creativity are my passions, and my purpose is to participate in cultivating a deeper sense of connection in Pasadena and beyond. There are so many opportunities for healing and growth, and I am excited to be part of the process here at the Armory. I envision a future of embracing our diversity and coming together to honor one another with a spirit of beauty and unity.

When you were growing up, what was your favorite creative activity?
I loved to dance! Creating art with my body movements.

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Alheli Tostado (She/Her)
Visitor and Volunteer Manager

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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.

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Lauren Miller (She/Her)
Lead Visitor Services Associate

About Lauren
I am a multi-disciplinary artist from Los Angeles, focusing on documentary and archiving practices, video, photography, and print. I received my BA in Fine Art and BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. In my free time I enjoy reading non-fiction, listening to jazz and punk records, cooking for friends and family, and riding my bike or swimming.

What is something you would love to learn?
I would love to learn the photogravure printing process!

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Julia Aguila (She/Her)
Visitor Services Associate

About Julia
Born and raised in the Philippines, I am a painter with a deep interest in exploring Filipino culture through family. My heritage, as well as the stories of my family and relatives who have passed, are frequent subjects in my paintings, prints and photographs. I am also an '23 Alumni of the Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts. I began working at the Armory Center for the Arts as a Getty Intern in the summer of 2023, and I have also worked previously as a Curatorial Intern at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater. Outside of my role as a VSA, I enjoy watching lots of tv, playing video games, drawing, eating, and also sleeping.

What are your future aspirations?
Become a successful painter, live overseas and travel, hopefully teach, and can support many pets.


Cristal Trujillo (She/Her)
Visitor Services Associate

About Cristal
Growing up in East LA/Boyle Heights, my passion for the arts has always been my driving force. High school introduced me to the magic of a teen zine workshop at the Armory – an experience that stayed with me. I attended UC Berkeley for my BA and delved deep into Art History. I've had the privilege of working at LACMA, BAMPFA, and remotely assisting the incredible Negarra Kudumu, curator and writer extraordinaire based in Seattle. In addition, I've volunteered with organizations like YouThink and interned with Exploring the Arts, further fueling my love for creativity and community. I also love to help small businesses with their brands through graphic design sometimes. Outside of work, you'll find me unwinding with friends, taking leisurely walks, and watching the sunset's glow (ideally) on grassy hills.

What is something you would love to learn?
I would love to learn how to sew someday!



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