Michael Gonzalez joined Plaza Community Services as its Executive Director in December 2019. He has held positions in all three economic sectors over the course of his professional career. After college Michael was hired as a field representative to a member of the California Assembly followed by work as legislative staff to the Los Angeles City Council. He practiced law for over 20 years specializing in administrative law and business transactions both with a large law firm and in solo practice. He was on the executive management team of a major public transportation agency and took a year off to teach elementary school in South Los Angeles. He has served on several local non-profit boards of directors.
Michael received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Berkeley School of Law and a certificate in Leadership and Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.
Director of Programs & Operations
Jennifer Blades is a California native who was born and raised in the City of Pasadena. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Development for over 22 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Development and a Master’s degree in Human Development with a concentration in Leadership in Education and Human Services, both from Pacific Oaks College.
Jennifer has been dedicated to working with children and families and started her career as an Education Technician for the Department of Defense with the United States Army Child Care System. She has a long history of working with nonprofit agencies and in the private sector as a Preschool Director, Family Service Coordinator and has been a part of educational research studies as an observer for the Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Ms. Ceja is a proud Mexican-American woman who was born and raised in Boyle Heights. She comes from a very humble family and is the oldest of three. In the early years of her career she volunteered and worked at various after school programs while attending East Los Angeles College.
In 2012 she earned a Bachelor of Science in Child Development from the University of La Verne. Ms. Ceja also earned a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College in 2014. Ms. Ceja has worked in the field of Child Development for the past 15 years. She began working in the classroom as a Teacher Assistant, Associate Teacher, Lead Teacher and eventually a Site Supervisor. Working with young children has been a very rewarding experience for her. She has had the opportunity to work with both private and state subsidized preschools.
Currently Ms. Ceja is managing the Select Home Visitation program at Plaza Community Services where she ensures clients receive high quality home visits that include: child development education, family well-being and resource and referrals. She is also an active participant of community lead meetings. Ms. Ceja enjoys spending quality time with her lifelong partner and family. She loves traveling, road trips and exploring new adventures. Ms. Ceja is committed and devoted to give back to the East Los Angeles community.
Select Home Visitation
Rosalba is the Director of State Early Childhood Education Program. She earned her Bachelor’s in Social work from California State University of Los Angeles in 1997. In 2016, she graduated from Pacific Oaks College with a Master’s in Human Development with a specialization in Leadership and Education. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of early childhood education and over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector.
She was born and raised in the East Los Angeles Community, which leads her to have a deep connection with the community Plaza serves. She is passionate about early childhood education and advocating for children and their families. Rosalba believes in providing children with a safe educational environment in which they can learn and grow.
Rosalba continues to reside in the community of East Los Angeles with her two sons and husband. She is devoted to her family and enjoys spending as much time possible together.