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  • Grayce Liu
    Grayce Liu
    General Manager
  • Armando Ruiz
    Armando Ruiz
    Director of Administrative Services
  • Mike Fong
    Mike Fong
    Director of Policy and Government Relations
  • Semee Park
    Semee Park
    Director of Neighborhood Council Operations
  • Stephen Box
    Stephen Box
    Director of Outreach and Communications
  • Kori Parraga
    Kori Parraga
    Manager, Administrative Services
  • Man-Qin He
    Man-Qin He
    Senior Accountant
  • Sevak Paramazian
    Sevak Paramazian
    Systems Manager
  • Kimberly Rodriguez
    Kimberly Rodriguez
    Data Programs Lead ​
  • Betty Wong Oyama
    Betty Wong Oyama
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Brett Shears
    Brett Shears
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Gibson Nyambura
    Gibson Nyambura
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Jasmine Elbarbary
    Jasmine Elbarbary
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Jasmine Duckworth
    Jasmine Duckworth
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • John Darnell
    John Darnell
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Kathleen Quinn
    Kathleen Quinn
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Lorenzo Briceno
    Lorenzo Briceno
    Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations
  • Mario Hernandez
    Mario Hernandez
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Mary Kim
    Mary Kim
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Octaviano Rios
    Octaviano Rios
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Tom Soong
    Tom Soong
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Vanessa Serrano
    Vanessa Serrano
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Patricia Mares
    Patricia Mares
    Administrative Clerk
  • Arin Abedian
    Arin Abedian
    Outreach Coordinator
  • Jose Galdamez
    Jose Galdamez
    Neighborhood Council Advocate
  • Lele Ma
    Lele Ma
    Accounting and Elections Assistant
  • Kyle Stone
    Kyle Stone
    Administrative Assistant
Grayce Liu
General Manager

Responsibilities and Assignments:

As the General Manager, Grayce is responsible for the overall management of the department, including development of the budget, strategic planning, programs and services, policies, personnel and constituent and City government relations.


Interesting Fact:

When she is not empowering LA, you’ll find her strumming her banjos and ukuleles, riding her horses and mule or RVing.


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Armando Ruiz
Director of Administrative Services

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Armando is responsible for Budget, Accounting, Payroll, Personnel, Facilities, IT, Marketing, and other administrative elements of outreach activities.


Personal Message/Interesting Fact:

I am happy to help and look forward to working with you.
Armando is an avid book, audiobook, comic, TV, and movie fan. He enjoys the occasional round of golf with his son, and shopping with his wife and daughter.


Skills:

City Processes
25%
Innovation
25%
Training
25%
Mediation
25%

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Mike Fong
Director of Policy and Government Relations

Responsibilities and Assignments:

  • Assist Neighborhood Councils with administrative and technical support.
  • Provide training, tools and resources to Neighborhood Councils.
  • Initiate and foster community partnerships.
  • Promote civic engagement within and outside the Neighborhood Council system.
  • Connect Neighborhood Councils to City Departments and Services.
  • Provide administrative support to the Congress of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, and the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.
  • Supervise the policy team of Neighborhood Council Advocates.

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Semee Park
Director of Neighborhood Council Operations

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Director of Neighborhood Council Operations:
  • Assist Neighborhood Councils with administrative and technical support.
  • Provide training, tools and resources to Neighborhood Councils.
  • Initiate and foster community partnerships.
  • Promote civic engagement within and outside the Neighborhood Council system.
  • Connect Neighborhood Councils to City Departments and Services.
  • Supervise the valley team of Neighborhood Council Advocates.

Personal Message/Interesting Fact:

  • Enjoys her east facing patio garden with the goal to grow peonies.
  • Likes to go to Farmers Markets to discover the diverse bounty of fruits and vegetables available year-round.
  • Is an avid foodie, but maintains a “clean” diet with no processed food and meat, which Los Angeles offers many options.
  • Is a pretty good cook, which requires practice, watching a lot of Iron Chef and Top Chef, and reading Saveur and Lucky Peach magazines.

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Stephen Box
Director of Outreach and Communications

Responsibilities and Assignments:

  • Assist Neighborhood Councils with administrative and technical support.
  • Provide training, tools and resources to Neighborhood Councils.
  • Initiate and foster community partnerships.
  • Promote civic engagement within and outside the Neighborhood Council system.
  • Connect Neighborhood Councils to City Departments and Services.
  • Manages the Department’s digital and outreach strategy. He is also the Citywide Election Administrator.
  • Supervise the outreach team of Neighborhood Council Advocates.

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Kori Parraga
Manager, Administrative Services

Responsibilities and Assignments:

  • Lead Analyst and assistant for all budget, personnel, facilities, and contract management projects.
  • Department’s custodian of records.
  • Supervisor of front desk operations.

Personal Message:

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein
“The future depends on what we do in the present” – Mahatma Gandhi
“You can never own too many shoes” – Kori Parraga


Skills:

  • Public speaking
  • Passionate about grammar
  • Excellent proofreader
  • Walking in high heels
  • Rollerblading
  • Knowledge of random useless facts

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Man-Qin He
Senior Accountant

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Man-Qin is the lead accountant for the department, responsible for all accounting operations, compliance and reporting requirements, as well as payment processing, and budget monitoring activities.


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Sevak Paramazian
Systems Manager

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Sevak is in charge of  department IT and CMS.


Interesting Fact/Personal Message:

Avid automobile enthusiast. Sevak has been restoring a 1970 BMW for over 8 years.


Skills:

Computer Saavy
99%
Web Development
90%
Microsoft Office
90%
Barista
60%
Intuit Quickbase
95%
Integration
80%

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Kimberly Rodriguez
Data Programs Lead ​

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Kimberly assists the department field team by compiling, analyzing data gathered from different sources and working on other related accounting projects.


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Betty Wong Oyama
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Betty supports Neighborhood Councils in the Valley by helping them with ENS (early notification system) Posting and special projects.


Interesting Fact:

Pioneer member of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.


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Brett Shears
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Brett is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


Personal Message/Interesting Fact:

Brett has been active in the South LA Neighborhood Council Community since joining the North Area Neighborhood Development Council as a committee member in 2013. He joined the board in 2014 and later served as SLAANC Vice-Chair and Budget Advocate.


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Gibson Nyambura
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

 

Gibson is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


Interesting Fact:

Gibson is bilingual speaker; he speaks Swahili and English. He is excited to assist by serving the community.


Skills:

  • Public Speaking
  • Car Enthusiast’ percent
  • FIFA (any year)

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Jasmine Elbarbary
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Jasmine is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


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Jasmine Duckworth
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Jasmine is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


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John Darnell
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

John is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


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Kathleen Quinn
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Kathleen supports Neighborhood Councils in the Valley by helping them reach their full potential, through training and capacity building.


Personal Message/Interesting Fact:

“Be humble. Maintain integrity. Work hard.” This was left at the bottom of a letter given to my husband by his mom when he first got out of the military and went back to civilian employment. When I saw it, it struck me as incredibly important. I add it to all of my e-mails as a reminder of who I strive to be and what I strive to do in my work with Neighborhood Councils.

I enjoy video games and philosophy, especially when the two collide. I have a large black lab mix named Autumn that uses her paws like hands.


Skills:

  • PerformLA – Master Level (Innovation and Process Improvement Training)
  • International Association for Public Participation (Social Media)
  • City Hall X Toastmaster Chapter Member
  • City Employee Poll-worker Training
  • CLEAR Goals (Management)
  • U.S. Census (Data-Dissemination)
  • NC Contracts
  • NC Inventory
  • NC Funding
  • Parliamentary Procedure within the Brown Act
  • Board Dynamics
  • Work-plans
  • Asset-Mapping
  • Windshield/walking surveys and targeted Outreach Plans

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Lorenzo Briceno
Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Lorenzo is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


Interesting Fact/Personal Message:

Lorenzo Briceno joined the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment with 10 years of Legislative experience with the Los Angeles City Council.  He previously worked as Assistant Chief of Staff to Councilmember Bernard C. Parks.  His Management experience leading a political office’s legislative team brings great value to our department. He holds a strong background and understanding of local government process and understands the council and committee process. He brings his insights into the Neighborhood Empowerment Department and has a desire for increasing civic engagement, while building strategic partnerships with stakeholders, and advocacy groups to further empower citizens of Los Angeles.

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Mario Hernandez
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Mario is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


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Mary Kim
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Mary is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


Interesting Facts:

  • loves exploring new neighborhoods
  • lover of food and culture
  • an ENFJ converted to an INFP

Skills:

  • Speaks English, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Has Experience in developing leaders for more than 7 years

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Octaviano Rios
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Octaviano is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


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Tom Soong
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Tom is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


Personal Message:

Isn’t CA great? You bet it is!
“If food is the music of love, then eat on”


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Vanessa Serrano
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Vanessa is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


Interesting Fact:

Vanessa previously served on the Pacoima Neighborhood Council. She loves coffee and DIY projects.


Skills:

Coaching
90%
Teaching Soft Skills
80%
Self-Advocacy
75%
Conflict Resolution
75%
Collecting and Data Analysis
75%

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Patricia Mares
Administrative Clerk

Responsibilities and Assignments:

  • Greets and welcomes guests
  • Answers questions and addresses complaints
  • Answers all incoming calls and redirects them or takes messages
  • Receives and distributes mail
  • Monitors office supplies and places orders when necessary
  • Keeps updated records and files
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Personal Message:

I whistle while I work (after hours), on a never ending quest for world music I’ve never heard before.


Skills:

  • Polite and Patient with callers
  • Can engage in a conversation with anyone
  • Ghostbuster, razor-sharp reflexes

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Arin Abedian
Outreach Coordinator

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Arin is responsible for the Department’s collateral and outreach materials, Audio-Visual assets, digital content, and marketing strategy.


Interesting Fact:

Arin has over 7 years of experience in technical theater, where he learned how to design sound and projections for plays and musicals.


Skills:

Graphic Design
90%
Video Editing
80%
Animation
75%

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Jose Galdamez
Neighborhood Council Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Jose is responsible for supporting Neighborhood Council Boards with capacity building, training, and organizing skills that Empower LA and engage the community.


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Lele Ma
Accounting and Elections Assistant

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Lele assists the department accounting team by processing payment requests, ordering office supplies, preparing documents and memos, receiving payroll, and working on other related accounting projects.


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Kyle Stone
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Kyle assists the department admin team by processing various administrative requests, assist with weekly newsletter creating, processing , and working on other related administrative projects.


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