APA Los Angeles Board Members
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Los Angeles Area Manager
Chen Ryan Associates
Tony Mendoza is a native Angeleno (born in San Pedro) 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 Chen Ryan Associates in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Area Manager, Tony 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 working at TriMet and at the MPO, Metro, and returned to his home town of Long Beach eight 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.
Los Angeles City Planning
Planning Performance Manager
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 served as director of the American Planning Association's Los Angeles section for 2016-2019 and is president-elect of the California Chapter for 2021-2022.
Planning Associate II
Michael Baker International
Jeffrey is a city planning consultant that provides current and long range planning support to jurisdictions throughout California. With over four years of experience, he specializes in staff augmentation, policy document updates and amendments, and entitlement and design review. Prior to his involvement with APA Los Angeles chapter, Jeffrey was the Student Representative (2015-2016) and Young Planners Group Programs Committee Co-Chair (2016-2017) for the APA Sacramento Valley Chapter. Jeffrey is committed to furthering environmental and economic sustainability, facilitating innovative civic ideas, and creating beautiful, thoughtful spaces for all to enjoy.
Senior Planning Associate
For more than 15 years working as current and long-range planner in Southern California, I’ve learned to value the multiple disciplines and unconventional influences that shape the planning profession. As a Senior Project Associate at MIG, I am thankful for the opportunities to lead and support a wide-range of planning work: entitlements, zoning codes, specific plans, general plans, CEQA, community engagement, and plan and permit review. It is in the county where I attended LAUSD schools, LA Valley College, UCLA, and Pepperdine’s Advanced Local Engagement program.
As your Vice-Director of Awards (2020-2021), I will engage our membership, volunteers, and Board to identify exemplary urban planning work occurring in all our communities, and to assist underrepresented groups, areas of practice, and projects in the Awards process.
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.
City of Long Beach
City of Redlands
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.
Deputy City Manager/Director of Community Development
City of San Fernando
West Region Planning Manager
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.
City Planning Associate
City of Los Angeles
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.
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.
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.
Advance Planning Manager
City of Culver City
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, served the American Planning Association Los Angeles Section as Vice-Director for Public Information for 2017-2018 and is currently the Los Angeles Section Web Director.
City of Glendale
Minjee Hahm works for the City of Glendale, as an Associate Planner. Previously, she was a planning intern at the City of Buena Park. Having grown up in Orange County for most of her life, she is still getting used to calling the LA/Glendale area her new home, but is excited to be a part of the “planning scene” in LA.
Skid Row Housing Trust
Armeen is a planner passionate about the intersection of affordable housing and local infrastructure, and is focused on ways to ensure planning decisions serve disadvantaged communities.
He is currently a Project Manager with the Skid Row Housing Trust as part of their Real Estate Development team. His most recent experience was as a Transportation Planner with HNTB Corporation, where he contributed to LA Metro’s Sepulveda Transit Corridor Feasibility Study. Prior to that he held a graduate student fellowship with Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation, where he researched various elements of the agency’s Strategic Plan update and helped evaluate unsolicited proposals from the private sector. His previous non-planning experience includes serving with Teach for America in Tulsa Public Schools, and working at a local civil rights law firm in Los Angeles.
Armeen holds both a Master of Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from Hendrix College. He is currently an AICP candidate, and will obtain full AICP certification in 2020.
Geoff Danker, AICP
Steven Keith, AICP
Diana De Los Santos
Membership & Inclusion
Fern Nueno, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
Programs & Professional Development
Richard Rojas, AICP
Andrew Goodrich, AICP
Brett Porter, AICP
Doreen Zhao, AICP
Jaymes Dunsmore, AICP
Krzysztof Sadlej, AICP
Nate Cherry, AICP
Nick Pergakes, AICP
Sean Calvin, AICP
Cal Poly Pomona Graduate: Caroline Seymore
Cal Poly Pomona Undergraduate:Thomas Swanson
Cal State Northridge Graduate: Miguel Hernandez
Cal State Northridge Undergraduate: Shannon Kitover
UCLA: Demetria Murphy
USC: Dan Lamere
Young & Emerging Planners
Allison Kappeyne von de Coppello
Erika Van Sickel
Gilbert G Gutierrez Jr
Roxanne Borzo Bertrand