Terri Villa-McDowell, J.D.
Director of Social Emotional Wellness Programs
Ms. Villa-McDowell uses her legal and educational experience to advocate for and develop, implement, and evaluate programs in educational agencies to address issues of low-income families, juvenile justice and school-based mental health issues. She has a strong commitment to the issues surrounding children and their families, particularly children and families who lack resources to provide for positive outcomes. Ms. Villa-McDowell has experience in the adoption and development of Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems (PBIS), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), counseling and mindfulness-based programs for teachers and students.
Ms. Villa-McDowell has had experience in positions including:
Executive Director, ABCUSD Education Foundation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Facilitator & Program Coordinator, Safe Schools Program, ABC Unified School District.
Assistant Executive Director, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.
Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center.
Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
Ms. Villa-McDowell’s experience as a public interest attorney has provided her with expertise in conflict resolution in highly-charged community settings, community building, capacity building and resource development.
Ms. Villa-McDowell has been a successful grant proposal developer and strategist, procuring federal ($3.9 million); state ($1 million); public ($1.7 million); county ($746,000) and private grants in the past six years for ABCUSD, as well as providing program compliance for the district.