Maribel Garcia Ochoa, Associate Planning Deputy

Photo: Maribel Garcia Ochoa, Associate Planning Deputy

My job entails: I am fortunate to work on two of my favorite topic areas: Immigrant Affairs and Land-Use/Planning. Currently I help direct immigration initiatives, like "Know Your Rights" workshops, and assist our Planning Director with land-use and development projects in the district, like the Lucas Museum and the Los Angeles Football Club Stadium. I also staff Councilman Price during Council meetings, and Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity, Committee meetings.

What most excites me about my work is to continue to learn about my City while championing for issues I am passionate about. It also really excites me to play a part in making Councilman Price’s vision for South LA: a place where people can live, work and play, a reality for our constituents.

In the past, I have worked with: As an undergraduate at UCLA I worked in the departments of External Affairs, Admission and Recreation. Additionally, I have completed projects for the GRAMMY Museum and as a Coro Fellow, for The Los Angeles Times, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, UNITE HERE International Union, Bixel Exchange, Arts for LA, and the campaign to Re-elect Terry O’Day to the Santa Monica City Council.

My all-time role models are my parents because they were my first examples of what it means to be hard-working, dedicated, and loyal. My dad, who just celebrated his 40th year with Shakey’s Pizza, and my mom, an entrepreneur, have always done everything to give my younger brother and I the best life they could. They continue to be my motivation and inspiration as they show me how to pursue my dreams and always remember where I came from.

The best advice I’d give to my younger self is: Ask many questions and do not be afraid to take your time.

My favorite book of all time is:  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll  

The three things I can’t live without are: My family, friends and God

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