Founder, Executive Director
HAYLEE VANCE is the Founder and Executive Director of Together We Will| Los Angeles (TWWLA), a volunteer-based, grassroots, activist organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and protecting disenfranchised Americans. TWWLA represents the Los Angeles-metro area of Together We Will USA, which boasts more than 350,000 members nationwide.
Standing up for the marginalized started at an early age, when, as an elementary school student in Marietta, GA, Haylee lobbied for children with special needs to be integrated into mainstream school social activities and helped create a recess buddy program. In November 2016, Haylee’s answer to a crushing election outcome was to start a local Pantsuit Nation Facebook group, so that disappointed and concerned Angelenos could come together to commiserate, create a network of support, and work to stamp out the hate and bigotry that was heightened during the divisive Presidential election. In a matter of months this group transformed into a 10,000-strong action organization under the new name Together We Will|Los Angeles. Driven by the passion of its members, TWWLA continues to work to create change on a local and national level.
Haylee graduated from the University of Georgia with an A.B.J. in Public Relations, a Certificate Emphasis in Photojournalism, and a Minor in Political Science. When she’s not running TWWLA, Haylee works as an Executive Producer and Writer in television. Recently, she produced the GLAAD-nominated television series “The Prancing Elites Project,” which celebrated the talents of, and brought light to the adversity faced by, a Black, gay and gender non-conforming dance troupe in Mobile, Alabama. Haylee lives in Elysian Valley in East Los Angeles with her wife Sonia Escarcega Vance, a Production Executive at Fuse Media, and their two puppies.
Director of Membership and Development
Meredith Prunkard is the Director of Finance and Development for Together We Will | Los Angeles (TWWLA), a volunteer-based, grassroots, activist organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and protecting disenfranchised Americans. In addition to her political and social activism, she is also involved in activist causes with the Animal Rights and vegan communities. She is a volunteer with the Southern California Bulldog Rescue and foster parent in the Senior Bulldog Hospice program.
Meredith makes a living as an Executive Producer in television. Along with other female-focused projects, she produced the Women’s Image Award-winning series “Funny Girls,” which portrays the struggles of female comics working in a male-dominated industry. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.A. in Telecommunications and a Minor in Psychology.
On the weekends, you’ll find Meredith playing her violin or practicing yoga. She lives in Northeast LA with her husband, Ben, and their two Bulldog children.
Director of Media and Outreach
Elizabeth Matthews is Director of Media and Outreach on the Executive Board of Together We Will, Los Angeles, and head of External Communications. A Chicago native, Elizabeth is a veteran PR executive running her own LA-based public relations and brand strategy firm, NM West, for the last 10 years with clients in the arts, nonprofits, politics and technology. She has executed public affairs campaigns on Capitol Hill, developed strategic social media marketing for Fortune 500 companies and built innovative, impactful brands for new and established businesses. Prior to having her own firm, she worked for the Speaker of the CA State Assembly; in the press department of NBC News; was VP of Global Communications for a technology company; and Executive Editor of a luxury travel magazine in partnership with the City of Los Angeles. She’s been deeply involved in public service since receiving her degree in Political Science at the University of Southern California (USC) – including local and national political campaigns – from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. For the last decade, Elizabeth has held a variety of Los Angeles city and county leadership positions: serving on the Mayor’s Arts Advisory Board and consulting for the Economic Development department – and four years as Chair of PR on the Board of Directors of the LA County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) largest art council. In 2017, Elizabeth co-founded Female Forward which, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the Mayor’s office, empowers citizens to promote women’s issues through activism, candidates and legislation. Connect with Elizabeth at: www.nmwest.com.
Director of Advocacy
Selina Vazquez is an activist and non-profit professional who believes that we must be the change we wish to see in the world.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Selina has been an active volunteer with several organizations and campaigns. She is currently Director of Advocacy for Together We Will| Los Angeles (TWWLA), a volunteer-based, grassroots, activist organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and protecting disenfranchised Americans. She is also President-Elect of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ Young Professionals, a member of the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles’ Advocacy Committee, and a member of the United Nations Association of America.
She is a graduate of Fisher College, and currently working for the American Red Cross as a Major Gift Officer. She lives in Palms with her boyfriend, comedian Flobo Boyce.