Project and Program Management

Reena thrives on working on project and program management initiatives. Some skills she can offer:

  • Leadership
  • Coaching
  • Project planning
  • Analytical
  • Negotiation
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Contract management
  • Risk and time management
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Reena has overseen and produced high-visibility summits for up to 250 in attendance like A Pathway Forward: Homeless to Hired Summit in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) is an innovative partnership helping address unjust economic inequities. LA:RISE now in its 8th programmatic year, connects social enterprises to the workforce system, supportive services, and employers, thereby creating an integrated system that allows all partners to bring their expertise and resources to the table.

Program participants from vulnerable populations gain paid transitional work experience at a social enterprise like Chrysalis, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Goodwill SoCal, Homeboy Industries, etc. In partnership with workforce agencies, program participants receive job readiness preparation, including interview prep, job search, resume building, online job application assistance, and professional development workshops.

The program is continuing to expand in both the City and County of Los Angeles. This will translate to employing more individuals with barriers to employment. As of December 2022, over 7,360 participants have secured permanent employment.

In December 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration chose LA:RISE to spotlight as an innovative approach to the design and delivery of employment services. The video spotlights the LA:RISE program model and social enterprise partner, LA Conservation Corps. The video is now being shared with the public workforce system nationwide!


"I have worked with Reena De Asis for over two years, and she has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism, commitment, and competency. As the liaison for the City's LA:RISE program, she adeptly organized and lead our collaboration to implement a workforce development program for residents who had experienced homelessness. She is well respected by her peers and colleagues and is always focused on successful outcomes. Reena is a significant asset to REDF and to the City of Los Angeles in bringing quality services to scale for LA residents." ~ Robert Sainz, Former Assistant General Manager, Workforce Development Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles