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Learn more about how you can invest and support our community and student programs:
• Roosevelt High School Community Center Project/LAUSD
• Our college student internship history programs
• Community Culture
• Partners and Sponsors
• Community Interests
• Our list of Corner Stores
• Our Legacy Businesses
• History of Boyle Heights and our Historic Landmarks
• Historical Preservation Overlay Zones/HPOZ
• Neighborhood Council
Calling All Volunteers!
Boyle Heights Community Partners is a growing organization looking for talented and passionate volunteers to join our small, but might team.
We are looking for:
  • Secretary
  • Grant Writer
  • Writer for our ongoing Historic Cultural Monument (HCM) applications
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Social Media Guru
If you or anyone you know has experience or interests in any of the above fields, please email us with an introduction and your resume at
Vivian M. Escalante, President/CEO, Boyle Heights Community Partners
Meet our accomplished team of Doers.
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Vivian M. Escalante
Founder, President/CEO

Born and raised in Boyle Heights, as my family was displaced by the City of Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine - Dodger Stadium Project, and settled into Boyle Heights, where I attended Sheridan Elementary School, Hollenbeck Junior High School, and lettered at Roosevelt High School and was in Student Council as the Girls Athletic Coordinator.

In the Spring of 2018, an active participant with the Committee to Defend Roosevelt from the demolition of our 1923 historic R building and Auditorium with an LAUSD Modernization Project that has erased our history and cultural heritage, as we fought for the LAUSD Alternative 2 – Modernization and Historic Preservation for what could have been a win-win situation for our community and future generation.

In 2019 – Present, Certified from Center for Nonprofit Management, a Nonprofit Management Certificate, Introduction course Individual Donation Fundraising Certificate, introduction to 101 How to Start a nonprofit course.

A passionate soul for historic preservation, community, and history, fueled with enthusiasm for my community of Boyle Heights.

As President/CFO of Boyle Heights Community Partners, focused on giving back, and moving forward Historic Cultural Monument nomination applications.

We are moving fast as developers are moving aggressively faster with demolitions projects to our historic homes, erasing our cultural and heritage, as we are preserving it.

Sitting on the board of our Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, with the ability to have created the first ever Historic Preservation Committee, and sitting on our Plan and Land Use committee, working together on behalf of our community.

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David A. Silvas
Vice President

David’s family has a long lineage in Boyle Height’s as it was the first Los Angeles community his family moved to at the turn of the century from when they arrived from Hungary and Romania and were involved with financing the Weber and Spaulding designed International Institute on Boyle Ave - an important community space that was a stepping stone for immigrants.

His passion for historic preservation and architectural properties is matched by few. From Victorian, to American Craftsman, to Hollywood Regency and Mid Century Modern, his admiration for period design in Los Angeles is a driving inspiration in his business as his real estate practice, Engel & Völkers Beverly Hill’s focuses solely on Architectural and Historic real estate throughout Southern California and has made him one of the most preeminent agent’s specializing in historic and architectural properties.

Concerned about the future of this vibrant and historic community, David has been a vocal advocate for adaptive reuse of current buildings, extensive landmarking and preservation for heritage sites, and advocating harmonious-small scale development that is sensitive to the already established neighborhoods. Community engagement and education is a passion of his, as this is key in preserving this historic treasure. 

David holds an MBA from the University of Toledo and is a published author. Organizational memberships include: The Los Angeles Conservancy, DocoMoMo, The California Preservation Foundation, and The Southern California Paul R. Williams Society. 

One of David’s favorite quotes:
“There may have been a time when preservation was about saving an old building here and there, but those days are gone. Preservation is in the business of saving communities and the values they embody.”

—Richard Moe, National Trust for Historic Preservation”

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Deborah A. Lewis

Deborah Lewis, broker/owner of Deborah Lewis Insurance co., providing insurance services for seniors helping them navigate Medicare 101 and selecting the health plan that best suits their health needs and financial constraints. You can learn more about Medicare options at my website listed above.

My older sister Denise and I were born and raised in Boyle Heights until I was entering high school, when we moved to the westside of Los Angeles where I attended Los Angeles High School and was a Roman. But my sister continued to go to Roosevelt High School as a Rough Rider. I attended Los Angeles City College for 2 years and transferred and graduated from UCLA majoring in Psychology and Biology....Go Bruins!!!!!!

In August 2020 I joined Boyle Heights Community Partners, Non-Profit as CFO. In addition, for the last 4 years I have been a member of the Older Adult Task Force (OATF). A network of organizations committed to enhancing the quality of services to older adults & caregivers on the westside. I am on the executive committee of the African Americans in Boyle Heights as the Outreach Coordinator, of this new (8.2019) Non-Profit organization. African Americans in Boyle Heights seeks to develop a historical perspective documenting the early arrivals and the continuous influx of our elders into an enclave well known for its significant place within the history of Los Angeles. Less familiar are the contributions our elders made to Boyle Heights from the earliest days onward. In December 2019 I joined Boyle Heights Historical Society and now serve as CFO.

I also volunteer for AARP as an instructor for the Smart (Safe) Driving program.

I have been married to my husband, William Dickerson for 22 years....but unfortunately, we do not have any children.

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Tigran Areshian
Fundraising Coordinator

Tigran Areshian, is a hands on client relations with funding over 52 million in the private sector, and brings his strong experience as a leader in financial planning, demonstrates a deep understanding of financial markets and sound business judgement. Reliance on personal drive, leadership, and relationship building skills to Boyle Heights Community Partners.

He has a passion for historic preservation, has family ties to Boyle Heights, and loyal in contributing his talents and skill sets to become a strong asset to our Team Doer's.

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Marina Shifrin
Interim Secretary

Marina Shifrin is a writer living with her dog and husband in a lovely blue craftsman near Evergreen Cemetery. Born in the former Soviet Union, Marina immigrated to the U.S. with her parents as a small child. As an immigrant who moved more than a dozen times before the age of 30, Marina was drawn to the thriving and industrious community of Boyle Heights, where she decided to put down roots in 2019. While getting to know Boyle Heights, Marina was thrilled to learn how this spirited neighborhood was built on a foundation of activism, resilience, and diverse cultural history.

While she is a new transplant to Boyle Heights, Marina has done everything in her power to help give as much care and respect to the neighborhood as she has received in return. From becoming a Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Board Member to regularly attending community clean-up events—Marina has invested all of her free time into protecting and supporting this very special community. She is excited to lend her writing skills and growing love of Boyle Heights to help BHCP's endless commitment to preserving the architectural and cultural history of this neighborhood.

When not working on ways to enhance the quality of life for all Boyle Heights residents, Marina writes for TV, print, and digital publications. Marina received her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri and started her career in the journalism field, before switching to comedy writing, because she deeply believes in the unifying power of laughter. Constantly toeing the line between substance and silliness, she will stop at very little to get laughs. Marina's ultimate career goal is to use the written word to do good in the world.

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Boyle Heights Community Partners is a California 501(c)(3) Nonprofit #32-0628921 (c) 2018