APA Los Angeles Board Members

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Tony Mendoza
Section Director
Tony Mendoza
Section Director

Executive Committee
director@nullapalosangeles.org

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.

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Fern Nueno, AICP
Director Elect
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Fern Nueno, AICP
Director Elect

Executive Committee
directorelect@nullapalosangeles.org

Project Manager
City of Long Beach

Bryan Fernandez
Vice Director At-Large (Awards)
Bryan Fernandez
Vice Director At-Large (Awards)

Awards & Executive Committees
awards@nullapalosangeles.org

Senior Planning Associate
MIG

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.

Elenna Salcido, AICP
Vice Director for Administration
Elenna Salcido, AICP
Vice Director for Administration

Executive Committee
admin@nullapalosangeles.org

Transportation Planner
HNTB

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.

Stephanie Roberts, AICP
Vice Director of Communication & Interim Blog Editor
Stephanie Roberts, AICP
Vice Director of Communication & Interim Blog Editor

Communications and Executive Committees
pio@nullapalosangeles.org

Fiahna Cabana
Vice Director for Membership
Fiahna Cabana
Vice Director for Membership

Membership & Inclusion and Executive Committees
membership@nullapalosangeles.org

Planning Analyst
City of Long Beach
Fiahna connects people with where they live, work, learn, and play as a Planning Analyst for the City of Long Beach’s Development Services Department. In her role, she focuses on increasing public knowledge and understanding of citywide planning initiatives and policies, increasing transparency in the development process, and implementing new methods and tools for community engagement. Prior to working for the City, Fiahna managed programs and events for early-stage entrepreneurs at Grid110, an economic and community development nonprofit in partnership with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Fiahna holds a Master of Public Administration with a focus on business and entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Santa Clara University. When she's not at a computer, you can find her running, hiking, or traveling.
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Andrina Dominguez
Vice Director for Policy
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Andrina Dominguez
Vice Director for Policy

Executive Committee
policy@nullapalosangeles.org

Senior Environmental Specialist
LA Metro

Andrina Dominguez is a Senior Environmental Specialist at LA Metro with seven years of experience in climate change mitigation and adaptation planning and program implementation, strategic sustainability planning and reporting, environmental planning, environmental regulatory compliance and construction monitoring. She received her Master of Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and her B.S. in Policy, Planning and Development with a minor in Environmental Studies also from the Price School at USC. Andrina was honored as a member of Mass Transit Magazine's 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 and holds an Envision Sustainability Professional credential. 

Pamela Lee, AICP
Vice Director for Finance
Pamela Lee, AICP
Vice Director for Finance

Executive Committee
finance@nullapalosangeles.org

Transportation Planner
AECOM

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.

Catherine Lin, AICP
Co-Vice Director for Programs
Catherine Lin, AICP
Co-Vice Director for Programs

Programs & Professional Development and Executive Committees
programs@nullapalosangeles.org

Principal Planner
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.

Sarah Syed
Co-Vice Director for Programs
Sarah Syed
Co-Vice Director for Programs

Programs & Professional Development and Executive Committees
programs@nullapalosangeles.org

Senior Manager
LA Metro

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.

Timothy Hou, AICP
Co-Vice Director for Professional Development
Timothy Hou, AICP
Co-Vice Director for Professional Development

Programs & Professional Development and Executive Committees
profdev@nullapalosangeles.org

Deputy City Manager/Director of Community Development
City of San Fernando
Timothy Hou serves as the Deputy City Manager and Director of Community Development for the City of San Fernando. Prior to joining the City of San Fernando, Mr. Hou served as Assistant to the City Manager in the City of Beverly Hills where he managed a $1B real estate portfolio. He also has prior experience as the Energy Services Manager at Burbank Water and Power, and as a Project Manager for the City of Burbank Redevelopment Agency and the City of Long Beach. Mr. Hou received his M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, his M.P.A. from Cornell University, and his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations also from Cornell University. Mr. Hou is a Certified Planner and a LEED Green Associate.
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Nina Harvey
Co-Vice Director for Professional Development
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Nina Harvey
Co-Vice Director for Professional Development

Programs & Professional Development and Executive Committees
profdev@nullapalosangeles.org

Ali H. Mir
Equity Director
Ali H. Mir
Equity Director

Equity Director
equity@nullapalosangeles.org

West Region Planning Manager
STV, Inc.

Ali H. Mir is STV, Inc.’s West Region Planning Director in Los Angeles. Ali earned his Bachelors of Science in Public Policy, Management, and Planning with an emphasis in Urban Design from the University of Southern California. As a multi-disciplinary planner with over 18 years of professional experience, Ali has led planning studies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) clearances for planning projects (general, specific, community plans), development projects (residential, retail, office, industrial, sports/entertainment), education (K-12, colleges, universities), and transit projects (bus, light rail, streetcar, subway, commuter rail, high-speed rail) throughout the Western United States.
Ryan Kurtzman
Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Ryan Kurtzman
Marketing & Sponsorship Director

Communications Committee
sponsorship@nullapalosangeles.org

Smart Cities Program Manager
City of Long Beach

Ryan Kurtzman is the Smart Cities Program Manager for the City of Long Beach. His experience includes developing community programs and policies that leverage technology to improve connectivity, mobility, digital equity, and economic outcomes for all residents. He also leads the City's open data and data governance programs. Before that, Ryan served as a Policy Fellow for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti where he brokered partnerships and created program evaluation tools to advance the City's Great Streets Initiative and park equity goals. He graduated from UCLA with a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on transportation policy and planning, and serves on the Board for the American Planning Association Los Angeles chapter.

Minjee Hahm
Young & Emerging Planners Co-Director
Minjee Hahm
Young & Emerging Planners Co-Director

Young & Emerging Planners Committee
young-emerging@nullapalosangeles.org

Associate Planner
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.

Armeen Neshat, AICP Candidate
Young & Emerging Planners Co-Director
Armeen Neshat, AICP Candidate
Young & Emerging Planners Co-Director

Young & Emerging Planners Committee
young-emerging@nullapalosangeles.org

Project Manager
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.

Chelsea Richer, AICP
University Liaison
Chelsea Richer, AICP
University Liaison

Membership & Inclusion Committee
university@nullapalosangeles.org

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.

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Ashley Hefner Hoang, AICP
Web Director
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Ashley Hefner Hoang, AICP
Web Director

Communications Committee
webmaster@nullapalosangeles.org

Advance Planning Manager
City of Culver City

Ashley Hefner Hoang 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.

Committee Representatives

Awards

Aimee Luan
Alison Pugash
Andrew Chang
Brianne Masukawa
Eddie Isaacs
Geoff Danker, AICP
Michelle Lynch
Noah Adler
Steven Keith, AICP

Communications

Diana De Los Santos
Alison Martinez

Membership & Inclusion

Alex Jung
Alex Yee
McKina Alexander
Cat Callaghan
Darnell Parker
Dina Abdulkarim
Fern Nueno, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
Jasmine Williams
Jessica Wuyek
Keith Martinez
Luis Escobedo
Melissa Lee
Tamika Simmons
Jimmy Tran

Programs & Professional Development

Richard Rojas, AICP
Christopher Rhie
Cristina Ungureanu
Darryl dePencier
David Schumacher
Doreen Zhao, AICP
Jaymes Dunsmore, AICP
John Swartz
Julie Cooper
Krzysztof Sadlej, AICP
Lisa Varon
Nate Cherry, AICP
Perla Solis
Roger Pardo
Samantha Miyamoto

Young & Emerging Planners

Alexandria Smille
Amanda McDaniel
Avery Kaplan
Bill Shondy
Diana Jimenez
Eddie Isaacs
Eleni Getachew
Gilbert G Gutierrez Jr
Haley Feng
Henry Phipps
Janet Rodriguez
Justin Hall
Kamille Parks
Latanya Roux
Lauren Huang
Marina Salazar
Michael Delgadillo
Morgan Hunlen
Natasha Kumar
Raquel Jimenez
Sabrina Alonso
Samira Jafarnejad
Samuel Garcia
Smyrna Caraveo
Taylor Anne Miller

Student Representatives

Cal Poly Pomona – Graduate: Caroline Seymore
Cal Poly Pomona – Undergraduate: Thomas Swanson
California State University, Northridge – Graduate: Miguel Hernandez
California State University, Northridge – Undergraduate: Shannon Kitover
Pitzer – Undergraduate: Olivia Mendoza
University of California, Los Angeles: Demetria Murphy
University of Southern California – Graduate: Dan Lamere