CEO and Executive Director
Pamela Miller has held senior-level television business and legal affairs roles at major media companies–ABC, CBS and Discovery–for over 20 years. In those roles, she oversaw the negotiation and drafting of deals for broadcast network, syndication, and cable marketplaces for scripted, unscripted, kids, made-for-tv movies, news, and sports programming for distribution domestically and internationally.
Ms. Miller retired from the entertainment industry several years ago and has pursued full-time philanthropy as a board member, volunteer, and professional. She has served on the Boards of The Baseball Network, The California Dance Institute, and The ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter. She also volunteers as a mentor for College Path LA.
Ms. Miller was most recently Director of Major Gifts for the Greater Los Angeles Area for the Jewish National Fund. Prior to that, she was an independent business affairs consultant for major television studios, networks, and independent television producers, including A + E Studios, Lifetime, History Channel, among others. Ms. Miller started her career as an Associate in the real estate department of Gaston & Snow, based in New York City, where she handled commercial real estate transactions including foreclosures, acquisitions, construction, and financing transactions.
Ms. Miller is a graduate of The American University, Washington College of Law, and of Boston University, College of Communications, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Dr. Wilma Franco, Ed.D., MPP
Director of Programs and Operations
Dr. Wilma Franco, Ed.D., MPP, is our Senior Director of Programs and Evaluations. As the Senior Director, she is responsible for the development, ongoing implementation, and oversight of all programs at IHADLA. Wilma directs the program team in the development of programs that enhance the academic progress of the Dreamers, as well as their psychological and social development. She also provides overall support and direction to the evaluation of programs and manages the program budget. Wilma earned her Doctorate in Education – Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. She received her Master of Public Policy degree with a certification on Public Management from USC and her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. Her work with the Foundation began in 2011 as an Education Pioneers Fellow. Prior to joining IHADLA, Wilma worked with Koreatown Youth and Community Service as a Youth Program Specialist.
Janell Lewis, MSW, ACSW
Janell Lewis first served IHADLA as a Master of Social Work intern from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on community organizing, planning, and administrating. She focused on streamlining Dreamer case management data, and she created a needs assessment survey that continues to be utilized annually. As Program Manager, Janell collaborates with the director to oversee the development and ongoing operation of all “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles programs. She also serves as preceptor, directly supporting all MSW interns from USC. Janell and the MSW interns collaborate to expose the barriers that surround Dreamers and their families; they also provide both individual and group psycho-social support, advocacy, and resource linkage, which fosters effective coping strategies and honors resilience. Prior to joining the executive office team, Janell had years of experience in both micro and macro social work among diverse populations. Her work demonstrated a centralized theme of supporting individuals, organizations, and communities. Distinctively, Janell has facilitated comprehensive clinical and academic support for students ranging from elementary grade levels through post-secondary education levels. Janell’s personal mission is to facilitate growth and inspire hope among Dreamers and their respective families as a whole so that all can maximize their full potential.
College and Career Manager
Kelly Trivino has been with IHADLA since 2003, and she is honored to be part of the organization. Beginning in 2004, Kelly served as a Program Coordinator for Program 14. She began when the Dreamers were ending 2nd grade, and she supported them through high school and their first 2 years of college. Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Prior to joining IHADLA, Kelly worked with ESL students and teen parents in the San Fernando Valley. She is now the part-time College Manager at the IHADLA executive office, focusing on scholarships, college transition, and the Dreamer alumni group. Kelly’s goal is to continue helping youth reach their full potential and succeed in life.