100 Inspirational Alumni, Business Beyond Usual

Esther Torrez | "Inspirational 100" Alumna


Esther Torrez, MBA 1982
Founded a Non-Profit to Improve Social Conditions in South Los Angeles

Esther TorrezAs a Latina growing up in California's San Joaquin Valley, Torrez took an early interest in improving social conditions in distressed communities. That led the former college professor and corporate executive turned developer to found Community Enhancement Corporation, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, in February 1992. Torrez's interest is developing innovative practical programs and services that enable positive developmental outcomes in children, families and youth. Torrez currently serves as a commissioner on the Policy Roundtable for Child Development in Los Angeles County and is a member of the Community Advisory Committee of L.A. City Council District 9, while also serving on the South L.A. Initiative Board.