Our Team

Madin Lopez

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.

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Andre Vargas

Program Assistant

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.

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Jessica-Jean de la Vega

Program Assistant

Jessica-Jean (she/they) is a QTPOC who Identifies as Non-Binary femme of center. Jessica-Jean has a background as a freelance hair and makeup artist, Queer Educator, Artist, Social Media Specialist and Program Assistant for ProjectQ Salon and Expanding Identities Development.

You can find her on instagram @mxjessicajean  

Nic Yiu

Grant Writer

Nic Yiu (They/Them)

has been volunteering with

ProjectQ since May 2019. 

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Em Jackson 

Membership Coordinator

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Board of Directors

Iris Zamudio

Chair

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Zekiah N Wright

Co-Chair

Coral Lobera

Secretary

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Skylar Myers

Treasurer

Karen Tongson

Board Member

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Nicholas Turton

Board Member

Volunteers

Vero Lebron

Volunteer Program

Vero Lebron (She/Her)

has been volunteering with

ProjectQ since August 2019. 

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