Executive Director and Co-Founder of LARRP

 

Mr. Troy F. Vaughn is the Executive Director and Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP), a network of over 400 organizations throughout Los Angeles County. LARRP is dedicated to creating viable housing and employment solutions and system-wide change for formerly justice-involved individuals.

In his role as Executive Director of LARRP, the network as grown to now over 400 agencies. LARRP has had a tremendous impact on capacity building of smaller CBOs, and has fought for input/inclusion in the County’s contracting and budgeting process. In 2013, LARRP launched its 50% campaign to create more funding to CBOs that served people under Assembly Bill 109 (AB109). LARRP’s effort resulted in an increase of AB109 funding to CBOs from 11% to now over 27%.

Mr. Vaughn also serves as Founder, President and CEO of Christ-Centered Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating housing and employment opportunities for the disenfranchised. Throughout his 20+ year career, Mr. Vaughn has held a wide range of executive roles for several large non-profits in the Los Angeles area, including CEO and COO of two Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs), COO of Shields for Families, CPO for Lamp Community and Executive Director and Vice President of the Weingart Center for the Homeless.

Through these varied tenured roles, he has garnered the reputation of being a change agent, and the respect of his peers. He has also been instrumental in the successful growth, innovation, branding and integration of key systems and program designs within the reentry, homeless and health sectors. Mr. Vaughn has developed permanent housing, social enterprises, and social services programs for families, TAY, veterans, formerly justice-involved individuals, substance abusers, mentally ill and the chronically homeless.

Mr. Vaughn is active professionally in local, state and federal initiatives for profit and non-profit organizations providing services to disenfranchised populations, including programs on institutional community systems analysis, and community and public relations.  He was recently invited to the White House to discuss the implementation of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) in the greater Los Angeles area, and now serves on the Key Stakeholders Policy Committee that is required as part of LA County's LEAD grant submission to the Board of State Community Corrections (BSCC).

In October 2011, Mr. Vaughn was unanimously elected to serve as the only CBO/FBO Representative to the Public Safety Realignment Team.  Because he found community representation to be inadequate, Mr. Vaughn formed the Community Advisor Committee (CAC).  CAC is comprised of a group of 15 diverse non-profits from across the County to expand the voice and participation of Key Stakeholders serving formerly justice-involved individuals.

In early 2016, Mr. Vaughn was appointed by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas to serve as the CBO Representative for Supervisorial District 2 on the Office of Diversion and Reentry’s (ODR) Permanent Steering Committee.  In this role, he has provided the ODR with strategic direction and counsel in the use of funds and the type of programs needed to serve the formerly justice-involved population.

Mr. Vaughn is currently working with the Department of Health Services in designing and implementing their Whole Person Care Initiative.  In this role, Mr. Vaughn has fought to include the hiring of 170 formerly justice-involved men and women to serve as community Health Care Workers (HCWs).  The HCWs will act as navigators for people leaving custody, and will be key to their successful reintegration back into society.

In late 2016, Mr. Vaughn was selected to participate in the 2017 Leadership Cohort for JustLeadership USA (JLUSA). JLUSA is an organization dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. By joining this illustrious group, Mr. Vaughn is now a part of the vanguard of advocates working to make that future a reality. His goal is to amplify the voice of the people most impacted, and to position them as reform leaders. At its core, JLUSA challenges the assumption that formerly justice-involved people lack the skills to thoughtfully weigh in on policy reform. Rather, JLUSA is based on the principle that people closest to the problem are also the people closest to its solution.

Mr. Vaughn has an Executive J.D. from Concord Law School, M.B.A., and BS in Advanced Legal Studies from Kaplan University and BS in Business Administration from Cal State University of Los Angeles (CSULA). He also holds a Graduate Certification in Executive Non-profit Management from CSULA, and Fundraising and Marketing from Cal State University of Long Beach (CSULB). Mr. Vaughn also has a Masters in Divinity/Theology with a minor in Urban Planning from Kings Seminary in Van Nuys, California, and Doctorate in Theology from the Masters School of Divinity. He is happily married with one son and granddaughter. He and his wife live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, California.

 

 

Managing Director

“Joseph “Joe” Paul is a seasoned Reentry professional with over 27 years of community service, working with ex-offenders, high risk adults, and various community development and faith-based organizations. Joseph is currently the Managing Director for the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership, and has served, previously as the Administrator of Vocational and Workforce Development Services, for SHIELDS for Families, were he oversaw federal and state-funded reentry programs for the agency.

Joseph’s strength is in program implementation; managing collaborations and multi-disciplinary teams; staff development; managing complex evidence-based programs, focused on workforce, soft and hard skill development, and case management, for reentry and hard-to-serve populations, in the pre and post release stages of incarceration.

Over the past 10 years he has contributed greatly to the establishment of state and local laws, concerning voting rights and fair hiring for those impacted by criminal convictions. He is a ordained Elder and has served in the capacity of Director of Political and Civic Affairs for the honorable Bishop Noel Jones for the past 9 years. He is currently a Commissioner for the Inmate Welfare Fund, for Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Joseph’s passion and spirit of excellence are enduring qualities in his determination to contribute to ameliorating the suffering in the lives of men and women returning home from incarceration.”

Policy & Program Coordinator

Joseph is the Policy and Program Coordinator for the LARRP, where he also leads the Proposition 64 and 47 implementation work, including coordinating record change clinics all over Los Angeles County.
A native of Los Angeles with a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach, Joseph joined LARRP in 2016, after working with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) as a criminal justice intern, working on legislation, political advocacy, and developing materials relating to racial justice, drug policy and criminal justice system reform. Joseph also co-founded the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Chapter at Cal State Long Beach.  Joseph believes that if he can reduce the generational effects of drug misuse and mass incarceration that devastated his community, then he can be part of the dismantling of the War on Drugs for the families and reentry community he serves.
Program Associate
Takouhi “Tako” Tarkhanyan is the Program Associate of the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP), where she maintains and manages LARRP’s Reentry Asset Mapping Project (L-RAMP). She is determined in gathering resources that the reentry community needs so much, and making them accessible to the community.
She began working with LARRP during her Spring 2019 Social Change course at California State University, Los Angeles. She built interactive story maps integrating geographic information system (GIS) data in order to support LARRP’s mission. She also designed an initiative in order to implement The Fair Chance Act, also referred to as Ban the Box, throughout California State University campuses. She continued working with LARRP as a Social Equity Engagement geo-Data Scholar (SEEDS) Intern, where she worked on building out the L-RAMP.