About Us

The Southeast Los Angeles Collaborative: Transforming Communities

The Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative is a network of organizations working together to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector and increase civic engagement in Southeast LA. Founded in 2011 by eleven core organizations, the Collaborative seeks to revitalize the communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon, and Walnut Park.

The collaborative reignited in 2016 when Supervisor Hilda Solis and the Weingart Foundation organized a bus tour to better understand this historically under-resourced yet vital area of Los Angeles County.  Since then, the SELA Collaborative has completed a community-based strategic plan, engaged additional philanthropic partners like the California Community Foundation, the Weingart Foundation and Ballmer Group, and resumed implementing the vision and strategic plan. SELA will focus on three strategic areas: Nonprofit capacity building, civic engagement, and data-driven research.

Today the Collaborative is formed by Alliance for a Better Community, East Los Angeles College, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Families in Schools, First 5 LA, Hub Cities, Human Services Association, Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA, Southeast Community Development Corporation, and the Southeast Rio Vista YMCA.

Target Cities and Unincorporated Areas


  • Maywood
  • Bell
  • Bell Gardens
  • Cudahy
  • Lynwood
  • Huntington Park
  • South Gate
  • Vernon

Unincorporated Areas

  • Walnut Park
  • Florence-Firestone

Interested In Connecting With Our Collaborative?

We seek to create an authentic, holistic movement to empower our communities, and we always welcome ideas for partnership. If you would like to collaborate with us to help make our vision of an informed, engaged, and empowered Southeast LA a reality, please click the button below to contact us.