our executive director

Michael Freeman grew up in Compton, California. After graduating from Compton High School, he attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1978, Michael joined World Impact (an urban missions organization). 

Between 1988 and 1997, he served as director of World Impact's branch in Chester, an urban community in the Philadelphia area. He and the World Impact Chester staff established Frederick Douglass Christian School - an elementary school for low-income underserved children. After returning back to Los Angeles, in 1997, Michael worked with the Watts branch of World Impact. 

In 2002, he resigned from World Impact and became the co-founder and executive director of Elevate Your G.A.M.E. Michael is, also, the author of an audio book entitled, “Seven Days in the Hood.” He and his wife, Glynette, have raised two children, Isaiah and Eboni. 

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our sr. program director

Born in 1978, Damian's childhood years were spent in South Central Los Angeles (Watts) while going to school in the San Fernando Valley.  Growing up Damian witnessed violence of all sorts within his family and community, which had a lasting impact on his life.   Always being encouraged by his family to stay separated from what was going on around him, he remained untainted by the lures of gangs, drugs and alcohol. 

He has taken his life's experiences and put them to work, as he has been a part of mentoring and developing youth and young adults for over 15 years, family members, at his church, and now in his position with Elevate Your G.A.M.E.

Damian is husband to Yalisa and father to Ethan, Dillan and Cassidy Rose. 

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our board

  • Mr. Gipson Lyles


    Business Affiliation: Compton Unified School District

    (Retired Principal)

  • Ms. Cecilia Harrison


    Business Affiliation: Raytheon

    (Retired - Software Engineer Section Manager)

  • Mr. Michael Freeman


    Business Affiliation: Elevate Your G.A.M.E.

    (Executive Director)

  • Ms. Melissa Kyle Cofer

    Business Affiliation: Asset Media Group, Inc.


  • Jefferson Isai Rosa

    Business Affiliation: LA MTA

    (Senior Community Relations Officer)

    Alumnus of Elevate Your G.A.M.E.

  • Dr. Laurie Inman

    Director Emeritus

    Business Affiliation: University of Southern California

    (Adjunct Professor)