Margarita Lares is the Chief Programs Officer at HACLA, responsible for Oversight of Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Subsidies, and Project-Based Contract Administration. Prior to HACLA, she worked at HACoLA. Margarita has also worked in various industries including education, banking and health care.

Margarita grew up in East Los Angeles, and was the first in her family to receive a university degree. She attributes much of her success in life to having housing stability, and to the guidance she received from caring mentors.  For these reasons, Margarita is fully committed to the mission and vision of HACLA and BHI.  She enjoys mentoring youth and emerging professionals, while caring for her extended family.  She lives by the “Si se puede” motto!