Los Angeles, CA, July 2013 — CASA of Los Angeles has named two leading members of DoubleLine Capital to its Board of Directors. DoubleLine Capital co-founder and COO Louis C. Lucido, and Client Services Specialist Allyson Pfeifer have joined CASA/LA to provide added insight and guidance for the organization, which advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in the highly-overburdened foster care system of Los Angeles County.

Mr. Lucido is a founding member of DoubleLine, and a member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee. He was previously at TCW as a Group Managing Director and Portfolio Manager within the MBS Group responsible for the oversight of ABS/CMBS assets and was additionally responsible for the management of  Credit Research, Structured Products activities as well as Credit Fund Product Development. Prior to joining TCW in 2001, Mr. Lucido was the Chief Investment Officer for Delphi Financial Group (DFG) responsible for the asset/liability management of the firm and the oversight and management of the firm’s $2.3 billion investment portfolio. Before DFG, he was the Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director & Corporate Secretary for Hyperion Capital Management, an MBS, CMBS & ABS investment management company. He was responsible for managing the daily operation of the firm, which had $5.5 billion of assets under management. While at Hyperion, he was also a member of the Resolution Trust Advisory Committee, responsible for the conservatorship and ultimate liquidation of the Franklin Savings Association. Mr. Lucido is a former Chairman of ASF CDO Collateral Managers Subforum, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Securitization Forum. He is also a former member of the ASF Advisory Board and the FitchRatings Investor Advisory Council.

In June of this year he was elected to both the Board of Directors of the Junior Achievement of Southern California and 826LA.  Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success through a volunteer-delivered, kindergarten through 12th grade programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.  826LA is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills , and to helping teachers inspire their students to write, with the objective of ultimately strengthening each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently and in his or her individual voice. Both programs use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.     Mr. Lucido received his MBA in Management and Finance from New York University, and is a member of the Dean’s Executive Board of the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business.

“A society that does not take care of its children is no society at all. I am honored to be able to contribute to a mission whose objective is to provide benefit to children so desperately in need of advocacy,” said Lou Lucido.
Allyson Pfeifer joined DoubleLine in 2009 where she focuses on client service and communications. Prior to DoubleLine, Ms. Pfeifer worked at TCW since 2005, where she was a Research Analyst and Vice President in Investor Relations for the Mortgage Group. She was also Chair and Founder of the TCW Sustainability Team, managed various volunteer projects at the firm, and is currently a registered yoga teacher in Los Angeles. Ms. Pfeifer graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“CASA of Los Angeles gives a voice to the voiceless children in our community. With the foster care system in Los Angeles severely strained and over capacity, we must build a path for these children, one stone at a time, toward a safe future where they can thrive,” said Allyson Pfeifer. “I have the great privilege of rolling up my sleeves with the CASA team to place each new stone, with care, so we can continue to create the path to a brighter future.”

The duo successfully helped fundraise for CASA’s “Evening of Dreams Gala” this past May, which tallied over $800,000 for the organization, and have executed several successful corporate volunteer projects in the past.

Lou will serve as Chair of CASA’s second annual Evening of Dreams Gala, to be held in the spring of 2014.


Founded in 1978, CASA of Los Angeles is a community-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the highly-overburdened foster care system of Los Angeles County. CASA’s vision is of a Los Angeles where every foster child has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive. Through committed, highly trained everyday citizen volunteers, CASA brings the voice of a concerned community into the child welfare system. Studies have shown that children with CASAs receive more assistance and support than children without, and are more likely to be adopted or returned to their families and less likely to reenter the child welfare system. For more information, please visit the CASA of Los Angeles website: www.casala.org.