KABIRA STOKES – Chief Executive Officer
Kabira Stokes is the Founder & CEO of Homeboy Recycling, after her years as Founder & CEO of Isidore Electronics Recycling (2011 - 2016). Kabira holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California with a focus on criminal justice reform and environmental governance. She has consulted for the non-profit Green For All and worked for the City of L.A. as Senior Field Deputy for (then) City Council President Eric Garcetti. She is a graduate of Vassar College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish. Publications include: the National Institute of Corrections, University of Southern California, and the Huffington Post. Honors and awards include: "Sustainable Social Entrepreneur of the Year" by the L.A. Green Business Council (2017), inaugural "Smart on Crime" award by CA Attorney General Kamala Harris (2015), "Women For A New Los Angeles" honoree by the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy (2015), and "50 Under 40 Social Entrepreneur" by the AMEX Foundation (2014). Her TEDx talk "Recovering Value" can be seen here. Kabira splits her time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn; loves dance, hiking, and travel; and is currently learning to play the trumpet.
CHRIS ZWICKE – Chief Operating Officer
Chris serves as Chief Operating Officer, focusing on process improvement, systems implementation, financial modeling, QEH&S management, and business development. He has broad experience in waste solutions and reverse logistics, particularly around electronic waste. Chris is passionate about recovering valuable resources from "waste" streams and about increasing the efficiency of reverse supply chains. He has worked with a wide range of organizations, including startups, social enterprises, public corporations, and nonprofits. Chris holds an MBA/MS with high distinction from the University of Michigan, focusing on cleantech strategy and finance along with natural resource economics and management.
BRIAN FOX – ITAD Division Manager
Brian is a Chicago raised DIY natured jack of all trades. He spent most of his life studying electronics and mechanics in the field, whether it was building his first computer at age 12, replacing his first transmission at age 15 or building his first synthesizer by 17. After a few years at engineering school he went into business for himself building recording studios and designing and repairing all things electronic. Soon he was working for the midwest’s largest electronics repair shop. After 5+ years of non-stop learning he began to feel unfulfilled with prospects in Chicago and came to California in 2012 looking to be involved in a business that not only has a focus on electronics, but also has a mission with a purpose. One fateful day at the Atwater farmers market lead to a meeting with Kabira Stokes and the rest is history in the making...
LULU KORNSPAN – Director of Administration
Lulu is a proud native Los Angelean who moved north to the Bay Area to earn her Bachelors degree in Media Communications at San Francisco State University. Prior to coming to Homeboy Recycling (formerly Isidore Recycling), Lulu created and implemented curriculum for an intensive Summer Media Arts program for inner-city youth funded by the Pasadena based non-profit New Vision Partners where she also worked as a tutor and mentor. Lulu has also held management positions within a market research company and a media distribution company, as well as having co-hosted and co-produced a youth oriented social issues radio program on KPFK Los Angeles. She oversees Homeboy Recycling's office, accounts payable/receivable, compliance, social media, logistics, and is the HR Representative.
LORI YALEM – Major Accounts Representative
Lori joined the company in February 2017 as a Major Accounts Representative with over 20 years of experience in the paper recycling and secure shredding industry. Seeing that many companies were reducing the use of paper but increasingly storing sensitive data on a wide range of electronic devices, she saw the e-waste and data destruction industry as a logical next step. She was inspired by Homeboy Recycling's social mission, positive impact on people’s lives and the team's commitment to truly protect the environment by the work they do. “Reduce, ReUse, Recycle!” has always been a favorite tag line. Outside of work, Lori volunteers for dog rescue, is involved with her neighborhood council, gardens, and hikes and travels with her family.
ANA PACHECO – Logistics Coordinator & Office Administrator
Ana serves as our Logistics Coordinator and Office Administrator. She has a BA in Environmental Studies and Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington. Prior to working at Homeboy Recycling, Ana worked for an environmental consulting firm focusing on analyzing waste and recycling patterns in the City of Seattle as well as for Waste Management, educating community members and businesses on recycling and composting practices. With her experience in the recycling industry, Ana came to Homeboy Recycling with the desire to divert as many electronics from our landfills as possible and contribute to green job creation here in Los Angeles. She works closely with customers to support their recycling efforts and manages the logistics of electronics flowing in and out of our warehouse.
XUONG "X" CAM – Recycling Supervisor
X supervises our recycling team and oversees the daily operations of all e-waste coming in and going out of our facility. In the summer of 2014, X came to our company 6 months after being released from prison looking to restart his life and secure a full time job. He began working as a warehouse associate, dismantling and sorting electronics, and through hard work and dedication has worked his way up to become the Recycling Supervisor. X is committed to seeing this company and our team achieve the highest levels of success and has accompanied our CEO Kabira Stokes on various speaking engagements where he graciously advocates for our mission.
NELSON SALGUERO – Resale Supervisor
Nelson oversees our e-commerce sales and the build out of our retail store. He attended ITT Technical Institute while working for companies such as Best Buy, HP, and Office Depot where he accrued over 12 years of experience in retail sales and as a Technical Specialist. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he enjoys building Multiple Arcade Machine Emulators (M.A.M.E) bringing new life to retro arcades out of old unwanted arcade cabinets before they can be disposed. His brings this passion for technology and reuse to our resale team.