Meet the Executive Staff

We can’t do this work alone – our executive staff is committed to leading
the VIP team to fight for our mission and our clients.


Born in El Paso, Texas, Margarita Guzman is a queer Chicana and survivor of intimate partner violence. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from George Washington University School of Law.

Margarita Guzmán

Executive Director


Eliazar Suriel

Director of Finance and Operations


Asli Ozdemir

Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance


Rosaana Conforme

Senior Clinical Director of Community and Specialized Programs


Dan Ortiz

Senior Director of Residential Programs