Who We Are

Elevate Burbank is a 501(c)3 non-profit formed by a group of dedicated, multicultural, multi-racial and multi-generational locals who care about Burbank, its present and its future.

Our mission is to promote the understanding of cultural diversity through events, engagement and partnerships with the Burbank community. We aim to create a Burbank where residents can experience and appreciate the cultural diversity in our city. By appreciating what all residents contribute to Burbank, we hope to create a modern Burbank that is unified, joyful, vibrant and prosperous.

Elevate Burbank Board of Directors

Linda Bessin – President

Linda is retired and serves as Board Chair of Valley Community Healthcare, a non-profit healthcare clinic. She is Past President of Haven Hills, a domestic violence shelter in the San Fernando Valley.

Yvonne Green – Treasurer

Yvonne is a CPA, mom, and community supporter.

Carmenita Helligar – Secretary

Carmenita is an entrepreneur, designer, mom and DEI activist for all of Burbank.

Madison McAleese

Madison is a lifelong Burbankian and is currently a consultant at the national nonprofit consulting firm, La Piana Consulting. She is passionate about social justice and is working toward her Doctorate of Ministry in Social Transformation.

Ever Huerta

Ever is a life long Burbankian and currently is serving as John Burroughs High School Associated Student Body President for the 2022-2023 school year. Ever is an activist who is focused on DEI work.

Stephanie Peace

As an educator and lifelong Burbank resident, I firmly believe in the impact diversity and arts have on a community and am therefore honored to join Elevate Burbank in this shared mission.

Elizabeth Pena

Elizabeth is a life long Burbank resident and a member of the John Burroughs High School Associated Student Body. Elizabeth wants to promote cultural diversity and unify the community. 

Stephanie Hernandez