Board of Directors
Eric Leocadio - Board President
Long Beach, CA
Kingdom Causes, Past Co-Founder
Catalyst Network of Communities, Founder
American Pinoy, Owner/Creator
Jennifer Hutchinson, Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Laguna Beach, CA
Living Your Gifts, Co-Founder
James Davis - Board Member, Risk Management Committee Chair
Los Angeles, CA
Greater Properties, Partner
Ryan Blanc - Board Member, Governance Committee Chair
Los Angeles, CA
The Foundation for Greater People, Founder/President
The Greater Company, LLC., Owner
Sharon Moiseiff, Board Member, Governance Committee
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Jata Properties, Partner/Manager
In March 2017, Megan Hobza became the new Executive Director for Catalyst. She founded and directs the Whittier Time Bank, which facilitates skill-sharing and skill-building to promote reciprocity and community self-reliance. Over the past two years as Catalyst's Regional Director, she oversaw the time bank as well as the Make Space: Free Store & Artisan Work Lab project. She is a board member of The Whole Place at First Christian Church and the Whittier Area Environmental Coalition. As editor of the weekly Sustainable Whittier community events newsletter, she has created access to local news for over 1000 subscribers. She is one of 50 community change agents across the nation to be honored as National Arts Strategies 2015 Creative Community Fellows. Her background in community change-making includes founding roles in the Altadena Urban Farmers Market, Strub Avenue Urban Farm, and the Urban Dinner Socials pop-up locavore vegan gastropub. Her professional background is in grants consulting. She has a B.A. in English and a Masters in Business Administration.
Catalyst founder Eric Leocadio served as the Executive Director as a volunteer for 11 years (2006-2017) before passing the baton to Megan Hobza for the role. He continues to serve as Catalyst Board President. Eric has over 20 years of experience in event planning and program development. He has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management. He has over 26 years of leadership experience in a variety of fields.
In 2002, he co-founded a 501(c)3 faith-based non-profit organization called Kingdom Causes serving as its Operations Director for four years. In 2005, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems at DeVry University, Long Beach. In 2006, he founded Catalyst as a 501(c)3 non-profit social impact organization. In 2012, he earned a Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
He worked at the Teachers Association of Long Beach for 11 years (2006-2017) as a Programs Specialist for Member Engagement, Community Outreach, and Digital Media. He has been awarded several California Teachers Association Communications Awards including the Ralph J. Flynn Digital Media Award for Web Sites five times (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15, and 2015-16), the Special Membership Communications Award (2015-16), and the Jose Colmenares Memorial Award recognizing overall contributions to communications with members and the community (2015-16). He was also recognized by the Teachers Association of Long Beach with the Human Rights Award in 2011. He was recently awarded the LBSNA Hero Award by the Long Beach School Nurses Association in 2017. In academics, he maintained a 4.0 GPA for both his bachelors and masters programs. As an undergrad in 2005, he was awarded the Valedictorian Award and had the honor of being the tri-campus student graduation speaker. He was also recognized by the Long Beach Post with a 40 under 40 award in 2013.
As a web and community developer, he translates the concepts of technical networks into relational networks effectively utilizing online tools to catalyze offline connections between individuals, groups and organizations to create a kind of relational infrastructure. He has successfully developed several collaborative initiatives and numerous collaborative projects involving the coordination of different organizations coming together.
His strengths include event planning, strategic planning, program design, project management, personal and professional vision development, organizational development, vision casting, developing innovative ideas, life coaching/counseling, web development, marketing, digital media, public speaking, and professional writing.
He is currently building a new social enterprise called American Pinoy providing Filipino-fusion cuisine through a casual dining eatery in downtown Long Beach.