Founder & Executive Director
Madin Ray Lopez (They/Them) is the founder of ProjectQ. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Madin began doing hair in
high school. They knew very early on that they wanted to do hair for a living because it was a reliable career
that also allowed them to use their creativity. Having experienced much trauma as a child, Madin made it their
life’s mission to help LGBTQIA+ youth. They founded ProjectQ in 2012 after realizing this mission and
have since devoted their free time to making this dream become a reality. Madin purchased a vintage
airstream trailer and created the mobile self-esteem building hair salon
'The Hairsteam.' And in June 2018 Madin opened The ProjectQ Salon & Community Center. Madin hopes to
prove to the youth and to themselves, that tenacity speaks louder than circumstances.
Sabine M. Lopez
Director of Programs
Sabine Maxine Lopez (She/Her) is a multi-hyphenate creative from Los Angeles, California. As a child, Sabine exhibited a passion for the arts. Whether it was dancing, singing, or acting she loved expressing herself. As an adult, while working full time she began to focus more on photography and styling vintage clothes. Sabine began working with ProjectQ in 2016 after leaving her full-time job and wanting to pursue something more fulfilling. Working with Madin to create such an important safe space has become an important part of Sabine’s life. She is looking forward to creating more art focused programming so LGBTQIA+
youth can use art as a form of healing.
Andre Vargas (He/Him) began his journey with ProjectQ in 2016 as a youth experiencing homelessness. He received his first haircut from Madin while interning at the LA LGBTQ Center. He started his ProjectQ career as a volunteer, then was hired as a receptionist, and soon after promoted to Program Assistant.
Viv Pierce (They/Them) is a black non-binary person who has previously experienced homelessness. At ProjectQ they have gone from being an intern, to a receptionist, and now a Community Worker. As a Community Worker they help curate relations with other queer non-profit organizations. ProjectQ uses hair as a form of social justice, and that has helped them traverse thru their journey
to this day.
Board of Directors
Alli Simon (She/Her) is the Operations and Wellness Manager for Social Venture Partners LA where she works alongside organizations dedicated to systems change and racial justice. In addition, she is a 300RYT certified yoga and meditation facilitator from South LA and a wellness advocate throughout the LA area. She is devoted to increasing access to self-care practices for people of color and marginalized folks. Her belief is that tools that support the whole person, can help foster a more compassionate, resilient and heart-centered
community. Prior to SVP, Alli worked with the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center and AIDS/LifeCycle for over 10 years, where she worked extensive within project management, operations, event logistics and human resources. She has an M.A. in Management from the University of Redlands and a B.A. in Communications – Public Relations. She is devoted to developing strategies that create and foster sustainable work environments
for individuals, which in turn helps them to confidently lead ethical businesses that the world needs more of.
Sarah Williams (She/Her) is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Creative Work. Born and raised in Hawthorne, CA, Sarah returned to Los Angeles in 2006 to attend USC’s Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere M.A. program after receiving a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since then she has been producing creative projects, exhibitions, programs, events and
publications with ForYourArt, WCCW, CLOSING, and the Art Book Review.
Coral Lobera (All Pronouns) has been volunteering as a hairstylist with ProjectQ for over three years. She was the first person added to our ProjectQ board and her labor of care and love is crucial to ProjectQ’s success. With her experience on the Board of another non-profit called ‘Bicycle Kitchen’ she has lent much advice to ProjectQ. With Spanish as her first language, Coral makes space for Spanish speaking youth whom are seeking asylum. Since she began her time with us, her attention to detail and keen eye create a talented, safe experience for the youth of color.
London Jones (She/Her) is a nonprofit consultant, mental health advocate, and healing justice facilitator from Los Angeles, California. For over a decade, London has worked on a wide range of issues including mass incarceration, LGBTQIA+ rights, poverty, and mental health. She combines a range of experience to ensure the collective and continued liberation of marginalized people of all experiences. London serves as a board member for ProjectQ and Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center - two organizations advancing wellness for LGBTQIA+ people in LA. She is a graduate of Antioch University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Nonprofit Management.