Helen Leung is currently the Director of Social Impact for LA Mas. LA Mas is working to redefine the intersection of community development and social equity, with a focus in minimizing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. A native Angeleno and urban planner, Helen has extensive community-based experience working for former Los Angeles Council President Eric Garcetti. Recently, Ms. Leung managed transit-oriented development and asset build portfolios at Living Cities, a national funders collaborative. Helen holds a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. On June 30, 2014, Helen was appointed to the Police Commission’s Permit Review Panel by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Luis is a Senior Associate at LURN, a nonprofit dedicated to the responsible revitalization of low-income communities. At LURN, Luis ideates, implements and manages multiple projects, such as a purchasing cooperative program between community markets that is intended to leverage the purchasing power of neighborhood stores and introduce healthier foods into food deserts. Prior to working at LURN, Luis oversaw various public health policy campaigns throughout the San Gabriel Valley as the Regional Prevention Policy Coordinator for Day One, a public health nonprofit in Pasadena. At Day One, Luis also authored, “Alcohol and Your City: San Gabriel Valley”. Luis holds a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State University Los Angeles and a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish Literature from Wesleyan University.
Max Podemski is the Planning Director at Pacoima Beautiful, a member-based environmental health and justice nonprofit working in the Northeast San Fernando Valley where he has led the organization’s efforts to improve mobility and open space in the Pacoima area. Mr. Podemsky co-authored the Pacoima Wash Vision Plan which calls for the conversion of the channelized Pacoima Wash into a multi-modal greenway and park. This plan has been incorporated into official planning documents for the City of Los Angeles and the first park along the Wash is set to open in the coming year. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College and a Master of Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Executive Director and Founder
Las Fotos Project
Los Angeles Streetcar Inc.
Senior Manager, Community Development
Eric V. Ibarra is the Founder and Executive Director of Las Fotos Project, a community-based youth development program whose mission is to bring about positive change for teenage girls facing adversity. Through one-on-one arts mentoring, photography trainings, and assigned field projects, Las Fotos Project provides a creative outlet for participants, encouraging them to discover their identity and express themselves in a healthy form, while building relationships with their peers and other community members. Since 2010, Las Fotos Project has worked with over 350 girls, creating a network of self-empowered teenage girls who can express themselves through their images and words. Participants of Las Fotos Project create positive social change in their community; learn media, literacy, and 21 century technical skills, and become more self-aware.
Mr. Phillips is the Project Director at Los Angeles Streetcar Inc.
As Project Director, Mr. Phillips works with the board of directors and City
partners to advance the Downtown LA Streetcar project. He oversee their legal counsel, technical consultants,
and the preliminary engineering team, and manages their CRA/LA grant and other funding sources. Other
responsibilities include coordinating the development of the environmental impact report with City departments, advising on and supporting strategic policy, and assisting with outreach to the public and other key stakeholders.
Mr. Aquino is currently a Senior Manager at Capital One responsible for identifying, sourcing, developing and implementing effective CRA programs that address the gaps and challenges of low and moderate income families and individuals. Prior to Capital One, Juan held the position of Los Angeles Program Director for LIFT, a national nonprofit that is establishing a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country’s fight against poverty. Prior to LIFT-LA, Juan served as a Program Officer for First 5 LA, managing an $8 million portfolio of community investments. Previously, Juan contributed to the work of Emerging Markets, Inc. as an Associate for five years. Juan has also worked in the field of environmental justice – both for the California Climate Action Registry, drafting industry-specific protocols relating to greenhouse gas emissions, and for the California Environmental Protection Agency (CAL/EPA) in the Environmental Justice Unit. Juan has also worked in the financial sector as a loan administrator for a Los Angeles finance company. Previously, Juan was President of the South Los Angeles Planning Commission and board member of the South Central Family Health Center. Juan holds a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA. He has served on the CAB since 2010.
Deep Green Housing &
Board of Directors
Ms. Ellas has worked in Los Angeles’ low-income communities and nonprofit sector for 15 years. She is currently Executive Director of Deep Green Housing Community Development, formerly known as Beyond Shelter Housing Development Corporation. She manages projects throughout Los Angeles, Kern County and Imperial and San Bernardino counties that serve low-income residents. Prior to working at Deep Green, Ms. Ellas worked as an instructor for the Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC). Ms. Ellas managed LATTC’s Community Development Technologies Center and launched the Wealth and Home Ownership (WHO) course. Prior to working at LATTC, Ms. Ellas worked in the housing counseling services field with HUD-approved housing counseling agencies to counsel homebuyers and tenants under HUD programs and conventional mortgages. She has served on the CAB since 2007.
Ms. McAulay is a board member of LA Commons, an organization that engages communities in artistic and cultural expression that tells their unique stories and serves as a basis for dialogue, interaction and a better understanding of Los Angeles. LA Commons collects neighborhood stories as inspiration to create temporary works of public art that add to the beautification of each community. Artists and communities collaborate to design and create temporary works such as murals, light pole banners, utility box art, and installations that make a strong visual impact in public relations. Through her work at LA Commons, Ms. McAulay understands the interconnectedness of art, culture and economics. Ms. McAulay also works as an Environmental Planner for Southern California Edison (SCE), where she is involved in the siting of new electrical facilities. She has been in that role with SCE since 2007. Prior to beginning her work at LA Commons and SCE, she worked in commercial real estate valuation for Arthur Andersen and Standard & Poor’s. She has a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA. She has served on the CAB since 2010.