APA Los Angeles Board Members

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

Los Angeles City Planning
Planning Performance Manager
pastdirector@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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

City Planning Associate
City of Los Angeles
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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
Web Director
Ashley Hefner, AICP
Web Director

Advance Planning Manager
City of Culver City
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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.

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.

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

Management Assistant
City of Long Beach
policy@nullapalosangeles.org

Tony Mendoza
Section Director
Tony Mendoza
Section Director

Los Angeles Area Manager
Chen Ryan Associates
director@nullapalosangeles.org

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.

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. 

Ali H. Mir
Diversity and Inclusion Director
Ali H. Mir
Diversity and Inclusion Director

West Region Planning Manager
STV, Inc.
inclusion@nullapalosangeles.org

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.
 
Fiahna Cabana
Vice Director of Membership
Fiahna Cabana
Vice Director of Membership

Planning Analyst
City of Long Beach
membership@nullapalosangeles.org

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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Fabiola Inzunza
Planning Commissioner Representative
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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.

Timothy Hou, AICP
Vice Director of Professional Development
Timothy Hou, AICP
Vice Director of Professional Development

Deputy City Manager/Director of Community Development
City of San Fernando
profdev@nullapalosangeles.org

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.
 
Stephanie Roberts, AICP
Vice Director of Communications
Stephanie Roberts, AICP
Vice Director of Communications
Bryan Fernandez
Vice Director of Awards
Bryan Fernandez
Vice Director of Awards

Senior Planning Associate
MIG
awards@nullapalosangeles.org

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.

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

Project Manager
Skid Row Housing Trust
youngplanners@nullapalosangeles.org

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.

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

Associate Planner
City of Glendale
youngplanners@nullapalosangeles.org

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.

Committee Representatives

Awards

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

Communications

Aaron Galinias
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

Plan4Health

Amina Karwa
Eddie Isaacs
Chris Rhie

Programs & Professional Development

Richard Rojas, AICP
Andrew Goodrich, AICP
Brett Porter, AICP
Christopher Rhie
Cristina Ungureanu
Darryl dePencier
David Laurens
David Schumacher
Doreen Zhao, AICP
Javier Aguilar
Jaymes Dunsmore, AICP
Jeffrey Graham
John Swartz
Julie Cooper
Krzysztof Sadlej, AICP
Lisa Varon
Meg Healy
Nate Cherry, AICP
Nick Pergakes, AICP
Omar Vargas
Perla Solis
Roger Pardo
Samantha Miyamoto
Sean Calvin, AICP
Shelby Cramton

Student

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

Alexandria Smille
Allison Kappeyne von de Coppello
Amanda McDaniel
Amina Karwa
Ashley Mashian
Christine Rivera
Cristina Morales
Diana Jimenez
Eddie Isaacs
Elliot Kilham
Erika Van Sickel
Gilbert G Gutierrez Jr
Janet Rodriguez
Jenny Hong
Jordyn Watters
Julia Jacobo
Justin Hall
Kamille Parks
Landy Joseph
Latanya Roux
Lauren Huang
Lauren Mullarkey-Williams
Lena Mik
Lyle Janicek
Michael Delgadillo
More Song
Olivia Joncich
Robert Keatinge
Robyn Chaconas
Roxanne Borzo Bertrand
Ryo Nagai
Sabrina Alonso
Shikha Jain
Thea Trindle