APA Los Angeles Board Members

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Ashley Atkinson, AICP
Section Director
Ashley Atkinson, AICP
Section Director

Los Angeles City Planning
Planning Performance Manager
director@nullapalosangeles.org

Ashley Atkinson is a planner with an economic development focus and more than a decade of experience in Los Angeles-area municipal agencies. As Planning Performance Manager in the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, she is working to develop metrics for planning, incorporate them into the Department’s functions, and recommend strategic enhancements based on metrics analysis. Previously, as Mayor Eric Garcetti's Senior Planning & Development Manager during his administration's first term, Ashley worked with the departments of City Planning and Building & Safety to implement mayoral directives and achieve priority outcomes on land use, development, and housing issues. She joined the Mayor’s Office in 2013 from the City of Long Beach, where she managed redevelopment projects and budgets. She holds a dual master’s degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning from USC’s Price School of Public Policy, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is serving as director of the American Planning Association's Los Angeles section for 2016-2019.

Tony Mendoza
Director Pro Tem
Tony Mendoza
Director Pro Tem

Southern California Area Manager
CHS Consulting Group
directorprotem@nullapalosangeles.org

Tony Mendoza is a native Angeleno who started his planning career in the early 90’s as an employee transportation coordinator for the County of San Diego. Since then he has led a focused career in transit and transportation planning for both small and mega-projects. Prior to joining CHS Consulting Group in Los Angeles as the Southern California Area Manager, Tony was a senior planning manager with WSP and worked full time on the California High-Speed Rail program as the Deputy Director of Planning and Integration. Tony spent nearly two decades in Portland Oregon, and returned to his home town of Long Beach seven years ago, with his wife and (now grown) three children. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with an Emphasis in City Planning from San Diego State University.

Clare Kelley
Vice Director of Awards
Clare Kelley
Vice Director of Awards

City Planning Associate
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
awards@nullapalosangeles.org

Clare Kelley works for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where she is a City Planning Associate in the Policy Planning Division. She holds a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College. In addition to her current role, Clare has worked in open space and active transportation planning in Los Angeles.

Winnie Fong
Vice Director of Awards
Winnie Fong
Vice Director of Awards

Senior Associate
Estolano LeSar Advisors
awards@nullapalosangeles.org

Winnie is a planner focused on transit-oriented development that balances both housing and transportation needs.

She currently plays an integral role on behalf of the firm’s work for the Westside Cities Council of Governments (WSCCOG) to advance subregional policies and programs related to transportation and homelessness.

She is actively involved as the Public Outreach Manager at a local non-profit organization called Project by Project Los Angeles (PbP-LA), which aims to empower and develop leaders within the Asian American community through innovative philanthropy. She also currently serves on the board for the Friends of Park 101 to promote the creation of a freeway cap park in downtown Los Angeles.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California (USC). She is also a graduate of the USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate. In her free time, Winnie takes her dog to agility classes where they train together to perform in advanced-level obstacle courses. 

Andrew Jorgensen, AICP
Vice Director of Administration
Andrew Jorgensen, AICP
Vice Director of Administration

City Planning Associate
City of Los Angeles
admin@nullapalosangeles.org

Andrew Jorgensen is an AICP certified planner with a diverse array of non-profit, consulting, and local government experience. Currently a long-range planner for the City of Los Angeles, Andrew has worked as a consultant planner, staffed for elected officials, and as an affordable housing project manager. Andrew has Masters degrees in Public Administration and Urban Planning from USC.

Ashley Hefner, AICP
Vice Director of Communications
Ashley Hefner, AICP
Vice Director of Communications

Advance Planning Manager
City of Culver City
pio@nullapalosangeles.org

Ashley Hefner is the Advance Planning Manager for the City of Culver City Community Development Department. Before working for Culver City, Ashley worked for the Cities of Pasadena and Anaheim as a contract planner and worked in the Monterey Peninsula for 10 years prior. Besides managing Culver City’s General Plan Update, she co-manages the Ballona Creek Revitalization Project and the City’s first travel demand forecast model. Her 12 years of experience in the public and private sectors in advance planning, current planning, environmental analysis, urban design, and historic preservation has enabled her to be a planning generalist. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism and the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves the American Planning Association Los Angeles Section as Vice-Director for Public Information for 2017-2018.

Pamela Lee, AICP
Vice Director of Finance
Pamela Lee, AICP
Vice Director of Finance

Transportation Planner 
AECOM
finance@nullapalosangeles.org

Pamela Lee is a Land Use and Transportation Planner at AECOM with 6 years of experience in land use, environmental and transportation planning in dense urban areas including multi-modal transportation planning, environmental planning, open space planning, design guidelines, corridor studies, and regional policy development. Her goal is to create sustainable and great places by encouraging active transportation, complete streets and transit-oriented land use patterns and loves exploring cities by foot.

Fern Nueno, AICP
Vice Director of Membership
Fern Nueno, AICP
Vice Director of Membership

Planner
City of Long Beach
membership@nullapalosangeles.org

Fern Nueno is a Project Manager for the City of Long Beach Economic Development Department. Prior to working for Economic Development, Fern worked for the City's Development Services Department focusing on long-range planning projects, including the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, Land Use Element, and public realm projects.  Fern was previously employed with the City of Newport Beach where she worked on a variety of planning and development review projects, including the Balboa Village Master Plan. Fern’s professional interests include sustainability, placemaking, geographic information systems, and livability. Fern is an AICP Certified Planner and LEED Accredited Professional. Fern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport.

Ryan Kurtzman
Vice Director of Policy
Ryan Kurtzman
Vice Director of Policy

Management Assistant
City of Long Beach
policy@nullapalosangeles.org

Karolina Gorska, AICP
Vice Director of Professional Development
Karolina Gorska, AICP
Vice Director of Professional Development

Planning Assistant
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
profdev@nullapalosangeles.org

Karolina is a certified planner working in the Urban Design Studio within the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. She holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA. Karolina has previous experience in a variety of planning functions, including a regional planner for L.A. County, where she worked on long-range community planning, a planning consultant within the private sector, and a lecturer at UCLA. While at UCLA, Karolina researched socioeconomic impacts of planning interventions, such as TODs or historic districts, on neighborhood change, and gentrification in Los Angeles.

Amy Brislen, AICP
Vice Director of Professional Development
Amy Brislen, AICP
Vice Director of Professional Development

Consultant
profdev@nullapalosangeles.org

Bonnie Hulkower, AICP
Vice Director of Programs
Bonnie Hulkower, AICP
Vice Director of Programs

Environmental Planner
HUD
programs@nullapalosangeles.org

Bonnie is an environmental planner at HUD in the Los Angeles office, where her work focuses on ensuring that housing and community development projects comply with environmental regulations and incorporate green elements. A Californian with a New York soul, Bonnie previously worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where she researched measures to improve the New York metropolitan area’s air quality.  She was also a sustainability planner in the San Francisco area, where she developed energy and water conservation initiatives and green infrastructure plans.  She is a LEED Accredited Professional as well as a Certified Planner.  She possesses a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, where her research explored nitrogen cycling in California's estuaries.  Bonnie's interest in the natural world began when she was five and her mom took her to see the grunion run along the beach in San Pedro. Today, it remains one of the most magical events she has ever witnessed. 

Catherine Lin, AICP
Vice Director of Programs
Catherine Lin, AICP
Vice Director of Programs

Principal Planner
City of Redlands
programs@nullapalosangeles.org

Catherine has more than a decade of municipal planning experience serving the cities of Yorba Linda, Fontana, Pomona, and Redlands where she is currently the Principal Planner. Prior to joining the public sector, she also did private consulting for two years. She has worked on a wide range of current planning and advanced planning projects. Catherine was the APA Los Angeles Section Student Representative from UCLA in 2002-2004. She received her masters degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, and two bachelor degrees from UC Irvine in Environmental Analysis and Design and Studio Art.

Chelsea Richer, AICP
CPF Liaison & Section Historian
Chelsea Richer, AICP
CPF Liaison & Section Historian

Transportation Planner
Fehr & Peers

Chelsea is a transportation planner with Fehr & Peers, specializing in pedestrian and bicycle planning, transportation safety, and transportation demand management. In addition to her infatuation with cities, Chelsea travels often and loves to cook. She has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Luskin School at UCLA and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.

Ali Mir
Diversity and Inclusion Director
Ali Mir
Diversity and Inclusion Director

West Region Planning Manager
STV
inclusion@nullapalosangeles.org

Ali is a planner based in Los Angeles with over 15 years of professional experience in environmental planning (NEPA/CEQA compliance), community planning (specific plans, community plans, and general plans), land use and entitlements for real estate development, and transit and transportation planning (corridor planning for high-speed rail, commuter rail, streetcar, and bus).

Sarah Syed
Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Sarah Syed
Marketing & Sponsorship Director

Senior Manager
LA Metro
marketing@nullapalosangeles.org

Sarah recently joined LA Metro as a Senior Manager in Bus Rapid Transit. She previously worked in consulting and for public agencies in the SF Bay Area. A graduate of Berkeley's transportation engineering and planning master's program, Sarah is excited to build the future of transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles.

Fabiola Inzunza
Planning Commissioner Representative
Fabiola Inzunza
Planning Commissioner Representative

City Planning Associate
City of Los Angeles
commissioner@nullapalosangeles.org

Fabiola Inzunza is from Southeast Los Angeles, currently residing in the City of South Gate where she serves as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee. Fabiola attended UCLA where she earned her degree in the field of International Development. She has over a decade of experience in community organizing at the local, state, and national levels. She is also a published author and editor of articles and publications which highlight the intersections of immigration, civil rights, and education. Fabiola received her Master’s in Community Development and Planning from Clark University. Currently, she is a City Planning Associate at the Los Angeles Department of City Planning where she has worked on citywide planning policy and departmental community outreach and engagement initiatives.

Elenna Salcido, AICP
Web Director
Elenna Salcido, AICP
Web Director

Transportation Planner
HNTB
webmaster@nullapalosangeles.org

Elenna Salcido is a Transportation Planner with HNTB in their Downtown Los Angeles office. She has worked on a variety of rail transit and multimodal projects in Southern California, including feasibility studies, alternatives analyses, and environmental documents. Elenna is a lifelong resident of Southern California, having attended elementary through grad school in the region, and is passionate about improving transit and active transportation here.

Alexander Yee
Young Planners Co-Director
Alexander Yee
Young Planners Co-Director

Coastal Planner
California Coastal Commission
youngplanners@nullapalosangeles.org

Alex is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California, where he received his Master of Planning degree. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. Currently a Coastal Planner for the California Coastal Commission, he is passionate about helping cities prepare for the impacts of climate change, particularly addressing sea-level rise. Within APA, Alex is on the Student Representatives Council (SRC) Executive Committee representing Region VI, and is the SRC Liaison to the AICP Commission. Outside of planning, Alex enjoys hosting board game nights, exploring LA's food scene, and learning languages.

Diana Jimenez
Young Planners Co-Director
Diana Jimenez
Young Planners Co-Director

Planning Assistant
City of Los Angeles
youngplanners@nullapalosangeles.org

Diana is a graduate of the University of Southern California, her interests in planning include equity across racial and economic lines; she loves local art and exploring new places via public transportation.

Alexander Jung
University Liaison
Alexander Jung
University Liaison

Urban Designer
City Fabrick
university@nullapalosangeles.org

Alexander Jung is an urban designer with City Fabrick passionate about serving disadvantaged communities in greater Los Angeles. With his background in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, along his work as an artist and arts organizer with Tuesday Night Project, Alex offers a unique perspective to the planning profession. Recently, APA Los Angeles recognized him with the 2018 Outstanding Young Planner award. He has both his masters and bachelors in urban planning from UCLA and UCSD, respectively, and is currently a part-time lecturer at CSULB. His interest in bridging academia with his professional work has manifested in his role as the university liaison for the APA Los Angeles section.

 

Membership Representatives
Michelle Lynch
Stephanie Roberts
Dina Abdulkarim
Darnell Parker
Cat Callaghan
William Chen, AICP
Jessica Wyuk
Jasmine Williams

Awards Representatives
Steven Keith
Eddie Isaacs 
Andrew Chang
Geoff Danker, AICP
Aly Smith 
Brent Oltz 
Noah Adler 
Nick Pergakes, AICP

Communications Representatives
Sage Magee
Erik Yesayan
Diana De los Santos
Alison Martinez

Programs Representatives
Richard Rojas, AICP
Doreen Zhao, AICP 
Brett Porter, AICP
David Schumacher 
Lily Shoup, AICP
Amalia Merino
Jaymes Dunsmore
Krzysztof Sadlej  
Perla Solis
Omar Vargas
Julie Cooper
Christopher Rhie
Karl Fielding, AICP
Sean Calvin
Roger Pardo
Nate Cherry, AICP
Steve Gerhardt, AICP
Andrew Goodrich, AICP
Jeffrey Graham 
Kathleen King 
Javier Aguilar 

Young Planners Representatives
Kristen Gordon 
Robert Keatinge 
Robyn Chaconas 
Erika Van Sickel 
Thea Trindle 
Shikha Jain 
Janet Rodriguez 
Lena Mik 
Laura Krawczyk 
Christine Rivera 
Allison Kappeyne von de Coppello 
Amina Karwa
Julia Jacobo
Gilbert G. Gutierrez Jr
Elliot Kilham
Jordyn Watters
Olivia Joncich
Justin Hall
Latanya Roux
Cristina Moralex
Armeen Neshat

Plan4Health Representatives
Samantha Miyamoto
Steve Gerhardt
Ashley Hefner
Amina Karwa
Eddie Isaacs
Lauren Grabowski 

Student Representatives

UCLA: Landy Joseph

USC: Robert Keatinge 

Cal Poly Pomona: Lyle Janicek (Graduate) &
Luis J. Diaz (Undergraduate)

Cal State Northridge: Ryosuke Nagai