Los Angeles, CA, May 9, 2021 – The International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA) announced today that it has selected Cambria Tortorelli as its next President/CEO. Tortorelli will succeed E. Stephen Voss who is retiring at the end of May after leading the organization for almost three decades.
Founded in 1914 to help newly arrived immigrants embrace their new lives in Los Angeles, IILA offers childcare centers, services for older adults, transportation services, immigration and refugee resettlement services, and nutrition programs in more than 12 locations throughout southern California. Serving more than 14,000 people every year, the non-profit agency has helped hundreds of thousands of immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals overcome barriers to become contributing members of society.
Tortorelli has a career in nonprofits spanning more than 27 years, including 15 years in nonprofit leadership. She previously worked as the Parish Life Director at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, for 12.5 years where she was the first lay person to lead the parish. Prior to Holy Family, Tortorelli served for two years as the President/CEO at Valley Interfaith Council and for 12 years at the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles, where she was Assistant Executive Director. Tortorelli has extensive experience in building interagency collaborations, securing and managing government contracts, fundraising, and public relations.
Steve Holt, IILA Board Chair stated that, “IILA is fortunate to have found our new President/CEO Cambria Tortorellia with her numerous strengths, integrity and commitment to serving immigrants and those in need. IILA is looking forward to her leadership.“
Tortorelli has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Somerville College, Oxford University, and a Masters degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Bermuda with British parents, Tortorelli has lived and worked in four countries and on three continents.
“I am thrilled to have been selected by the board of directors to lead IILA,” Tortorelli said. “As someone who has been an immigrant most of her life, I have a passion for supporting our immigrant sisters and brothers as they make the transition to life in the USA. It is a privilege to be able to use my experience to further IILA’s mission to strengthen the ability of immigrant families to be self-sufficient, while promoting cross cultural understanding.”
As President/CEO, Tortorelli will work with a staff of 120 and a budget of $15 million dollars to ensure the organization continues to adapt to the growth in the need for immigrant support services in Los Angeles.