"Young Life builds relationships with kids, without condition or demand, no matter who or where they are. We go where kids are and seek them out. Our leaders hang out at school; they coach, they teach, they invite. They tell kids about the love of Jesus through their actions and in a language the kids can understand. If you’ve spent any time around today’s kids, you know our work is vital. We invite you to help us. Join the adventure!"
-Dave Avramovich
Regional Director, Los Angeles

Regional Leadership Team


Regional Director

For questions about YL in Los Angeles, connect with Dave. (626)755-5694


Director of development

If you would like to make a gift to YL Los Angeles, contact Tracy.



If you're interested in helping start YL in a new area, contact Mark.









Regional Board

Greg Forgatch
Board Chair

Greg accepted the call to the chair the Los Angeles Regional Board in the spring of 2019.  He joined the board because he believes Young Life is the most effective way to introduce kids to Jesus. He also is inspired by the opportunity and the challenge to reach kids throughout LA - especially in the many hard to fund communities.  Greg’s wife, Lorrie, found Christ through Young Life as a youth and is now a leader with Pasadena YoungLives. Greg is now retired with his last venture as the co-founder of eHarmony.  

Brian Watson is the CEO of Saleria, a research and development company specializing in material technology for blast and ballistic protection. He has been a Young Life kid, served on the Young Life staff and as a volunteer leader, and is currently on the Hollywood area committee in addition to his role on the regional board. He has been married to Suzanne for more than 18 years and they have three children.

darrell downs

Darrell Downs is a retired Correctional Administrator with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Senior Pastor of 12+ years. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Antelope Valley Women’s Resource Center (Carenet). He has been married for 41 years and has two children, three grandchildren. He has been with YL Antelope Valley for two years and currently serves as the Committee Chair. He currently serves as the Regional Committee Chair Trainer.  

Darryl Sockwell

Darryl Sockwell is the West Coast District Manager for MMR Constructors, overseeing all construction work performed in the United States Western Region. Young Life had a huge impact on his life in high school in Alabama, and he now serves on the Los Angeles Young Life Board. Darryl has been married to his wife, ​ Julie, for 34 years and they have three children.

luke phillips

Luke is the Executive Director of Marketing and Enrollment for Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He has worked with Young Life in various ways for over 15 years as a volunteer leader, intern, team leader, committee member, regional board member and most recently, he helped launch the Conejo Valley area. He is married to Samantha, and they have one son named Eli.


Stenn is the Chief Retail Officer of DJM where he focuses on DJM's experiential and mixed-use retail, leading each project's vision and strategy from acquisition to marketing, design, and leasing. Currently, Stenn serves as a Member of the Regional Los Angeles Young Life Board and is also on the committee for the South Central area. Stenn has been married to his wife, Betsy, for nine years and they have two children.

Tashiba jones - wilson

Tashiba, a native of Los Angeles, was introduced to Young Life in 2014, and started volunteering.  A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, with an AA degree in Visual Communication & Space Design. Tashiba is a fashion enthusiast and entrepreneur. She has a career that spans over 20 years in the Film and TV industry as a Costume Designer and Fashion Stylist. Her love and passion is to be involved in the next generation of leaders through mentorship. She is married and the proud mother of two young men. 

This could be you! Reach out to Greg Forgatch​ if you, or someone you know, would be interested in joining our Regional Board.

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