APA Los Angeles Board Members

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Fern Nueno headshot
Fern Nueno, AICP
Section Director
Fern Nueno headshot
Fern Nueno, AICP
Section Director

Executive Committee
director@apalosangeles.org

Mobility Programs Officer
City of Long Beach

Fern Nueno, AICP, LEED AP, has over fifteen years of municipal government experience in urban planning and economic development.  Ms. Nueno works for the City of Long Beach as the Mobility Programs Officer, focusing on active transportation and micro-mobility projects and programs.  Ms. Nueno’s professional interests include livability, equity, placemaking, and sustainability.  Ms. Nueno holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship and Family Business Enterprise from Louisiana State University Shreveport.

Tony Mendoza
Past Director
Tony Mendoza
Past Director

Executive Committee
pastdirector@apalosangeles.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.

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

Executive Committee
admin@apalosangeles.org

Planning Manager
STV Incorporated

Elenna Salcido is a Planning Manager at STV Incorporated. 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.

McKina Alexander
Vice Director for Membership
McKina Alexander
Vice Director for Membership

Membership & Inclusion and Executive Committees
membership@apalosangeles.org

I have over 10 years experience as an urban planner and over 15 years experience in Community and Development while working in Northern and Southern California. I am looking forward to working together in attracting new members and retaining our membership with the goals of fostering positive impacts within our communities and enhancing our organization. Feel free to contact me as we collectively experience this journey. Let’s make it fruitful and fun!

Gilbert G. Gutierrez, Jr.
Vice Director for Finance
Gilbert G. Gutierrez, Jr.
Vice Director for Finance

Executive Committee
finance@apalosangeles.org

Master of Planning student
USC Price

Gilbert (Gil) is a very nearly finished Master of Planning student at USC Price with a concentration in transportation. Through his coursework, he has come to also have a keen interest in land use and human-scale design work. Gil currently interns at Los Angeles City Council, District 11, where he works to help draft certain policy proposals. Gil has also served as the Treasurer for the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from UC Santa Barbara.

 

Andrina Dominguez headshot
Andrina Dominguez
Vice Director for Policy
Andrina Dominguez headshot
Andrina Dominguez
Vice Director for Policy

Executive Committee
policy@apalosangeles.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. 

Shannon Heffernan
Co-Vice Director for Professional Development
Shannon Heffernan
Co-Vice Director for Professional Development

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

Senior Studio Director
Studio One Eleven

Shannon Heffernan, AICP, is the Senior Studio Director of Urban Design and Planning at Studio One Eleven in Long Beach. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with agencies and communities on the revitalization and transformation of downtowns, station areas, and key sites with TOC Plans, Specific Plans, and visioning studies. Passionate about the public realm in our cities, Shannon serves on the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) Placemaking Committee and regularly is an expert panelist on tools for creating vibrant main streets. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an Executive Master of Urban Planning with a concentration in Real Estate Development from the Sol Price School at USC (2022).

Nina Harvey
Co-Vice Director for Professional Development
Nina Harvey
Co-Vice Director for Professional Development

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

Associate Transportation Planner, AICP
Arup

Nina is an associate planning leader at Arup. She currently leads the wayfinding and user experience team in Los Angeles and nationally. Over the past 12 years at Arup, including 10 in New York, she has been involved in a wide range of transportation projects throughout the U.S. and internationally, looking for creative ways to activate streets and neighborhoods through intuitive and memorable placemaking and wayfinding. She received a Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from U.C. Berkeley as well as a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.

Manraj Bhatia
Co-Vice Director for Programs
Manraj Bhatia
Co-Vice Director for Programs

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

Stephanie Gonzalez
Co-Vice Director for Programs
Stephanie Gonzalez
Co-Vice Director for Programs

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

Placemaking Manager
Downtown Long Beach Alliance

Stephanie Gonzalez serves as the Placemaking Manager for the Downtown Long Beach Alliance. She is responsible for leading the DLBA’s efforts to enhance the public realm. Stephanie is passionate about placemaking and cities and works to bring life and activity to public spaces within Downtown Long Beach. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Communication Studies and later attended Arizona State University to study Urban Planning.

Questa Gleason
Vice Director At-Large (Awards)
Questa Gleason
Vice Director At-Large (Awards)

Awards & Executive Committees
awards@apalosangeles.org

Questa Gleason is a recent graduate of the California Polytechnic University at Pomona’s Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning Program, with a focus on transportation, public transportation equity, and non-motorized mode friendly urban design. Her primary interest is in finding ways to decrease our communal greenhouse gas emissions and increase urban equity by making it easy for the average consumer to choose any other mode besides the personal automobile for daily trips. Questa is a veteran of the California Planning Foundation (CPF) board of directors as their student representative, after having received a CPF scholarship. Questa received her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

Cat Callaghan, AICP
Vice Director At-Large (Awards)
Cat Callaghan, AICP
Vice Director At-Large (Awards)

Awards & Executive Committees
awards@apalosangeles.org

Michael Austin Headshot
Michael Austin
Equity Director
Michael Austin Headshot
Michael Austin
Equity Director

Equity Director
equity@apalosangeles.org

Senior Lead Consultant
WSP

Michael is an accomplished urban designer/planner and is a Senior Lead Consultant with WSP. Prior to joining WSP, Michael was a Senior Urban Designer/Planner with the City of Bellevue Washington, and was a Senior Urban Designer and Campus Planner with Perkins & Will. He brings a strong passion for advancing racially-equitable approaches and outcomes to planning from his time in the Pacific Northwest, where he served as Chair of the Seattle Planning Commission and was a member of the Seattle Design Review Board during a period of intense regional growth mixed with increasing climate change-related stressors. Michael holds a bachelor of science in city and regional planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a master of architecture from Pratt Institute.

Samantha Ellman
Young & Emerging Planners Co-Director
Samantha Ellman
Young & Emerging Planners Co-Director

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

Master of Urban Planning Student
University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy

Samantha Ellman is a current Master of Urban Planning student at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy concentrating in Environmental Planning. Her interest in planning began when she took a planning theory class at the National University of Singapore, and she has since worked in the transportation industry in both the public and private sector. Samantha formerly worked at AMPLY Power as an Analyst Intern and is currently a Project Assistant at LADOT Transit in the Planning and Marketing Division and a graduate student worker at METRANS Transportation Consortium. Samantha graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with two minors - Earth Science and Professional Writing - in June 2021. She is excited to work with other young planners throughout the year, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Christopher Keating
Young & Emerging Planners Co-Director
Christopher Keating
Young & Emerging Planners Co-Director

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

Master of Urban Planning Student
University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy

Christopher Keating is a current Master of Urban Planning Student at the University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy, concentrating in Mobility and Transportation Planning. Previously, Christopher worked at San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development as an intern in their multifamily housing division. Currently, he works as a Team Leader at METRANS Transportation Research Consortium. Recently, Christopher graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Art in Public Affairs with a minor in Urban Planning from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in Spring 2021. He has a passion for urban mass transit, housing policy, and how the two are intertwined in our built environment.

Ashley Hoang headshot
Ashley Hoang, AICP
Web Director
Ashley Hoang headshot
Ashley Hoang, AICP
Web Director

Communications Committee
webmaster@apalosangeles.org

Senior Associate
AECOM

Ashley joined AECOM in late 2021 as a Senior Associate in their Urbanism + Planning group based in the Los Angeles region. For five years prior, she was the Advance Planning Manager for the City of Culver City Community Development Department managing a comprehensive General Plan Update and other dynamic citywide projects. 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.  Her 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors in advance planning, current planning, environmental analysis, urban design, and historic preservation have 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 Communications for 2017-2018 and is currently the Los Angeles Section Web Director.

Marta Polovin
University Liaison
Marta Polovin
University Liaison

Membership & Inclusion Committee
university@apalosangeles.org

Junior Transportation Planner
Fehr & Peers

Marta is a junior transportation planner at Fehr & Peers in Long Beach, passionate about advancing equitable and sustainable transportation planning. She graduated from UCLA with a minor in urban planning and later received her Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley in 2020. Prior to her time at Fehr & Peers, Marta interned for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and UC Berkeley SafeTREC. Marta previously served as a APA student representative and was a CPF scholarship recipient.

Vacant
Vice Director for Communications
Vacant
Vice Director for Communications

Communications Committee
pio@apalosangeles.org

Vacant
Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Vacant
Marketing & Sponsorship Director

Communications Committee
sponsorship@apalosangeles.org

 

 

Committee Representatives

Executive

Fern Nueno
Tony Mendoza
Elenna Salcido
Gilbert Gutierrez
McKina Alexander
Vacant – Vice Director of Communications
Andrina Dominguez
Shannon Heffernan
Nina Harvey
Manraj Bhatia
Stephanie Gonzalez
Questa Gleason
Cat Callahan

Awards

Quest Gleason
Cat Callahan

Eddie Isaacs
Amanda Chapman
Thyda Uy

Communications

Vacant – Vice Director of Communications
Vacant – Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Ashley Hoang
Maryanne Cronin
Cassandra Pruett

Membership & Inclusion

McKina Alexander
Michael Austin
Melissa Lee
Marta Polovin
Andrew Flores
Kaneca Pompey

Programs & Professional Development

Manraj Bhatia
Stephanie Gonzalez

Nina Harvey
Shannon Heffernan
Ryan Kurtzman
Tim Moran

Young & Emerging Planners

Samantha Ellman
Christopher Keating
Kaneca Pompey
Gabriela Gonzalez
Alexandria Smille
Amanda McDaniel
Becca Lubin
Eddie Isaacs
Emily Huang
Gabriela Gonzalez
Kaneca Pompey
Lauren Huang
Minjee Hahm
Nancy Liu
Qinbo Liu
Tyler Currie

Student Representatives

Cal Poly Pomona – Graduate: Vacant
Cal Poly Pomona – Undergraduate: Stacy Lee
California State University, Northridge – Graduate: Ben Uhrig
California State University, Northridge – Undergraduate: Alexia Guevara
Pitzer – Undergraduate: Vacant
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – Graduate: Stephany Calvillo, Yassaman (Yassi) Sarvian
University of Southern California (USC) – Graduate: Mariko Toy, Nicholas St Cook, Andrew Davidov