The mission of Los Angeles Room & Board (LARB) is to ensure that California’s community college students realize their postsecondary education goals by providing affordable transitional housing designed to end homelessness and, through our residential education program, promote persistence, retention, and completion from their certificate, associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.
• We believe in expanding educational opportunities for those who’ve been denied access, marginalized, and pushed out of educational institutions.
• We believe that every student is deserving of the chance to flourish in a productive, healthy and secure environment.
• We believe that race, ethnicity, nationality, skin color, gender, sexual orientation, ability, language, and religion should not be factors of economic or educational opportunity.
• We believe in housing as a fundamental right.
• We believe in working in and with the communities we operate in, and will strive to preserve community identity and strength.
• We understand homelessness and community college completion as matters of economic and social justice.
• We believe every student in pursuit of higher education should have a secure, stable living environment that meets their basic needs.
Sam Prater, EdD
Born and raised in Detroit, MI. Sam is the 12th born of 14 children. After dropping out of high school and attending community college, Sam went on to earn his bachelor's degree at Central Michigan University (FireUp Chips!), a master's degree from Fordham University (Go Rams!), and his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from California State University, Northridge (Go Matadors!). With nearly 13 years of experience in higher education as a student affairs practitioner, most of his career has been built in Housing & Residential Education.
Sam is passionate about fostering student success in the context of housing and has developed a keen sense of the critically important growth & development that occurs at the intersection of living in communities where students also learn. Sam currently works within the Dean of Students office at California State University, Los Angeles where he manages the campus's SB-85 Basic Needs Initiatives (Housing & Food Insecurity and Emergency Needs Grants) as well as providing wrap-around services (health & wellness, academic, and emotional support) to students.
Andrés is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History (with a focus on law). Andrés later went on to graduate from USC Gould School of Law, graduating under the Order of Areté, the highest honor awarded to graduate students. Andrés is currently a Real Estate Associate for the Los Angeles office of Kirkland and Ellis LLP, where he represents institutional investors, owners and developers in acquisitions, dispositions, financings and joint ventures.
Prior to Kirkland, Andrés was a Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources Associate for the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP where he represented developers in the entitlement of mixed-use, hotel, and residential projects. During Andrés’ tenure as an attorney, Andrés has worked on affordable housing legislation and representation of clients on various state and local development laws and regulations geared to promote the development of affordable housing.