David alvarez - Shop Manager & Catering

A 3rd Generation Resident of University Hills In El Sereno, David was brought on board by Steve to further develop and embrace the nourishment aspect of our core values here at Holy Grounds. A visual artist in his own right, David is now pursuing a degree in Restaurant Management at LA Trade Tech with the ambition of ensuring the quality of our food and beverage. Experienced with an array of culinary skills, from cake decorating to home-made artisan pizza, he applies his creativity to affirm our beliefs of supporting: community, culture, and nourishment. His art can be appreciated on the Utility box on the corner of Marianna Ave. and Valley blvd. For vending and catering inquiries, please email David at


eddi Ortiz - Art Curator

Aside from being a close professional and personal friend of the owner Steve for almost twenty years, Eddi is an accomplished block print and tin artist, having conducted art workshops at holy Grounds in the past. He is also a Parent and Community Engagement Coordinator at Para Los Niños as well as a soccer coach for underserved kids in downtown LA.

He also previously rented an apt. here at Holy Grounds for four years! Eddi's role and responsibilities will be curating our monthly themed shows, organizing our free community art workshops and maintaining relationships with our community artist vendors. To get in touch with Eddi for any art-related inquiries, please contact him at

 "I Find Things and I Make Things"

"I Find Things and I Make Things"

mark alexzandr - Talent & Client Relations

An El Sereno/City Terrace/Boyle Heights native, Mark started his relationship with Holy Grounds as an outside consultant and comedy producer for Sleeping With Comedy,  a local comedy group producing comedic entertainment on the East Side. Mark and Sleeping with Comedy celebrated their 2 year anniversary at Holy Grounds in March of 2017. Having Studied Graphic Design at LA Trade Tech and working in the Farmers Market community since 2012, Mark is dedicated to bringing a professional and approachable touch in regards to our Social Media and Stage Bookings.  For Bookings and General Inquiries, please email Mark at


Steven boland - Owner/Foundation President

Steve studied Child Development at Pacific Oaks College and has worked in the non profit field for 26 years. His work eventually led him to become a Program Director at Para Los Ninos, helping underserved children and families in downtown Los Angeles. As an El Sereno resident of 10+ years, he served as the committee chair (Arts and Culture) on the neighborhood council for four years and was a major contributor to the creation of the popular Kite Festival and Day Of The Dead Art Walk. 

Steve extended his lifelong career (Cosanti Foundation, LAUSD, Para Los Ninos) of community building to opening Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea in 2012.

His most recent venture: Obtaining his very own 501(c)(3) non-profit, The Holy Grounds Literacy Foundation which will help support our continued art & music programs along with a focus on literacy and education in our community.

He currently resides above the shop with dog Scamp and cat Winslow.