Los Angeles Office

825 Colorado Blvd. Ste. 228
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Tel: 323-255-2575  Fax: 323-255-5120

About Us

PIQE’s Los Angeles regional office was founded in 1992. Since its inception, the Los Angeles office has served over 769 schools in 50 school districts within the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura. This office has graduated more than 200,345 parents from PIQE’s programs, thus enhancing the education of approximately 600,000 students.

Maria Elena Meraz – Executive Director

Maria Elena Meraz is the Executive Director for PIQE’s Los Angeles Regional Office, a position she has held for over 15 years. She provides leadership and guidance by analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of operations. Ms. Meraz also maintains proper organizational structure and effective personnel, partnering closely with senior management to plan the future growth of PIQE’s presence in the region, as well as its strategic response to education and industry trends. Under her leadership, over 100,000 parents have graduated from PIQE’s signature 9-week Parent Engagement in Education Program.

Ms. Meraz has partnered with various community-based organizations, private foundations, and businesses to improve the education and quality of life of children in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. She is an alumna of Escuela Libre de Derecho, a law school in México, and has an associate’s degree from Rio Hondo College. A graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, in 2012 Maria Elena was recognized by La Opinion’s editorial series, Mujeres Destacadas, and was also nominated by the Eva Longoria Foundation as a Local Hero in the “unite4:good” national campaign. Prior to joining PIQE, Ms. Meraz worked as Director of A+ Total Care, a program of the Jewish Family Service of Los Angles, and as a Parent Support Specialist for the Family Resource Center of Greater Whittier.

Originally from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Ms. Meraz has lived in the United States for over twenty years with her husband, Victor, and their two children, Victor and Daniella. As the parent of a special-needs son, she became involved with PIQE in order to learn how to navigate the school system so as to ensure Victor was receiving a quality and equitable education. Victor eventually received a B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College and describes his mom as his personal college guidance counselor.


Maria Elena Meraz
Executive Director
Email: mmeraz@piqe.org
Mobile: 323-854-1990