OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Founder and Board Member

IRA DIAMOND, DPM

Dr. Diamond is a retired podiatrist who had practiced for over 30 years. Part of his patient population included the homeless and indigent. Dr. Diamond has seen the many types of foot problems that can occur when a homeless individual has no shoes or inadequate shoes.  Shoes are vitally important.  He has a deep passion to help the homeless and those in need prevent foot problems by providing a good pair of shoes. He is a past  Chairperson for the Committee on Homelessness in Culver City, California.  He is also the 2018 recipient of The Annual Local Hero Award from The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Los Angeles for embodying and promoting the spirit of the Peace Corps in his service to the community of Los Angeles.

Board Member

ROSALIND LA BRIOLA

Ms. La Briola is a retired school principal in the public schools of Culver City, California. She is currently an executive board member at a religious organization in Culver City, a member of the Culver City Education Foundation, and on the board of a homeowners association. Ms. La Briola has a passion for reaching out to many organizations that help homeless children and women. She focuses on the big need for shoes in kids, who grow out of their shoes or wear out their shoes very quickly. She loves to speak at schools and other organizations about this great need.

Board Member

MICHAEL HUDSON

Michael Hudson is a human resources and applied communications professional and currently operates an HR consulting firm.  His experience includes serving as an Assistant Director of Human Resources for a community college district, developing business communications and customer service training curriculum, and serving as a broadcast operations coordinator for a public television station. 

 

Michael believes strongly in helping others, and has served on the boards of a religious organization and a liberal arts college and has volunteered for a variety of community-based organizations. He also has started a stand-up comedy troupe to raise money for non-profit organizations. 

Board Member

NINA MOORE

Nina Moore received her BA from Michigan State University and her MA from Western Michigan University.  Nina has her CPT-National Academy of Sports Medicine certification, is a Tier X  Coach at Equinox Sports Club, and, in 2015, was distinguished by the Equinox Sports Club as its National Personal Trainer of the Year. Helping the homeless holds a special place in her heart. From a very young age Nina's grandmother instilled in her a strong sense to help others. SFTH and its mission and vision resonate with Nina's ideology -- providing a simple pair of shoes significantly improves the quality of peoples' lives!

Board Member

MARC BAUER

Marc Bauer is a Public Finance Attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Los Angeles, assisting governmental agencies and nonprofit corporations to issue debt on the capital markets.  Marc has participated in numerous ways in the Los Angeles Community, including serving on Temple Akiba of Culver City’s Board of Trustees, serving on the Bend the Arc Regional Council, participating in the Jewish Federation’s New Leadership Program, traveling with American Jewish World Service to Nicaragua, and participating in AIPAC’s Leadership Training Initiative.  Marc holds a JD/MBA (2007) from the University of Southern California and a BA (2001) from Northwestern University.  Marc was born and raised in Culver City, where he attended public school.  Marc is an avowed Los Angeles sports fan, an avid visitor to Las Vegas, and an average golfer.

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Board Member

ALBERT VERA JR.

Albert Vera is a business owner, past city commissioner and lifelong Culver City resident. He is a member of the Culver City Exchange Club and has served on both the Culver City Landlord/Tenant Board and the Culver City Civil Service Commission.  He is currently serving as a member of the Culver City City Council.  Albert Vera also serves on the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Culver City Palms YMCA Board of Managers.  Albert Vera is passionate about helping the homeless and those in need.

Vera owns Sorrento Italian Market, a specialty food store filled with old-world charm, as well as the family’s 26 ranches encompassing thousands of acres north of Bakersfield.

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Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator

MILES GRIFFIN

Miles has been volunteering with Shoes for the Homeless, Inc. for the past 3 years. He assumed the Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator role in 2021. Miles is passionate about helping the homeless and those in need. We are pleased to welcome him in this new capacity!