Ann M. Samson, Executive Director--Collins & Katz Family YMCA
How long have you lived in West LA?
Over 23 years! I moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Los Angeles, in December 1994.
Tell us about yourself:
I have served as the Executive Director of The Westside Family YMCA and currently at our new Collins & Katz Family. My YMCA career path was a nice surprise, I started at the South Mountain YMCA is Phoenix AZ my junior year at Arizona State University. Soon after, I took a professional position and I haven’t looked back for almost 40 years.
I have enjoyed serving my respective committees, through the Y, and while in LA: Neighborhood Council Board member, Brentwood Green Organization, Operation Mend and Westwood Village Rotary Club.
What do you like most about West LA?
I like the diversity and passion our citizens express to create a sense of community.
What would you like to see improved in West LA?
I am sure I am not alone when I say the traffic jams are the least favorite aspect of Los Angeles. Increased public transportation and affordable housing.