Ariel Bustamante, Training and Coaching Manager
Ariel Bustamante (she/her/hers) is a former Liberty Hill Leader to Watch and American Bar Association Panelist with more than a decade of experience working with social justice non-profits including GSA Network, Liberty Hill Foundation, the ACLU of Southern California, and now the RISE Program/Children, Youth, & Family Services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She attended Green Mountain College, an environmental liberal arts college in the small, rural village of Poultney, Vermont and self-designed her area of study: inequality and oppression studies. As a certified HIV testing and prevention counselor, she worked to increase awareness and access to resources in the small town. For more than six years, using an intersectional model, she worked to support the leadership development of youth activists and community organizers. As an equity and compliance expert, she has trained thousands of adults in the education sector, service providers, and others across the country at conferences, on panels, and through on-site consultation.
J. O’Dougherty, Training and Development Instructor
J. O’Dougherty’s (they/them/theirs) background is in classroom and community education on gender equity, sexual violence prevention, and reproductive health. Before joining the Center, they served with the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team as a consultant and instructor in rural Oregon K-12 schools. J. has served on the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and advised on the U.O. Senate’s policy committee to better support sexual assault survivor autonomy in university settings. From 2014-108, they trained athletes, university students, and parents in gender-based violence prevention and LGBTQ+ competency in various roles. They hold a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies degree from the University of Oregon where they explored the application of queered pedagogy to consent education and sexual violence prevention strategies.
Christian Quijano, Training and Development Instructor
Christian Quijano (he/him/his) is a purpose-driven leader committed to cultivating organizational cultures of equity and inclusion. In addition to his work within the Center, he is an in-home caregiver as well as a MBA student concentrating in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. From 2013-2018, he held positions in Los Angeles County non-profit organizations focused on developmental disability and mental health. Christian brings experience and familiarity to his current role having worked at The Village Family Services as a trained RISE facilitator. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Northridge where he conducted program evaluation research for a non-profit organization serving relative caregivers. Christian is also a filmmaker whose collaborative, research-based mini-doc, From Our Perspectives: Untold Stories of LGBTQ Youth in the Los Angeles Foster Care System has been showcased on the PBS SoCal series To Foster Change.