My job entails: Manage various entitlements projects, planning policy and economic development opportunities for the Ninth District. Current projects include the Good year Tract ULI-TAP, the South and Southeast Los Angeles community Plans and new transit corridor planning initiatives. I also advise the Councilmember on various Citywide policies and projects at City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee meetings.
In the past, I've worked with: I have more than 13 years of public, private and nonprofit experience in urban design and community development. I recently worked as a City Planner in the Los Angeles Planning department on projects located in West Los Angeles. Previously, I worked in various planning and architectural projects in New York, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Orlando, West Palm Beach, San Francisco and throughout Los Angles County. Some of my accomplishments include managing design review of a 90,000-seat stadium (Florida Citrus bowl), am NBA basketball arena (Amway Arena), a performance arts center, a homeless center, two children's hospitals and multiple mixed-use projects, including Caruso's Palisades Village, which began construction in 2016. Additionally, I have led beautification campaigns, neighborhoods studies and charrettes, and developed various policies and regulations for transit-oriented development (TOD) plan. I am a certified planner (AICP) and have certification in green building technology as a LEED AP+C under the USGBC.
What most excited me about my work is collaborating with diverse communities, decision-makers and business to bring to fruition sustainable infill projects.
My all-time role models are Angela Glover Blackwell and Zaha Hadid because both are pioneers and visionaries in their respective fields. Ms. Glover Blackwell is the founder of Policylink, a non-profit that transforms communities by advancing economic and social equity. Ms. Hadid was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious architectural award in that field.
The best advice I’d give to my younger self is: to be kind to yourself and others, maintain a healthy support system, and embrace failures to achieve success.
My favorite book of all time is: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom - by Don Miguel Ruiz
The three things I can’t live without are: passport, bible and sketchbook