EmpowerLA is excited to introduce to you the new staffers who will be supporting Neighborhood Councils. We’re in the process of training them and reorganizing our teams for the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have questions please contact our Neighborhood Council Support Helpline at (213) 978-1551 or via email at NCSupport@lacity.org. Thank you!

MikeMike Fong – Director of Policy and Government Relations

Mike has worked for the City of Los Angeles for nearly 14 years working at the Mayor’s Office, Council District 1, Community Development Dept., and Economic & Workforce Development Department. He previously served as the East Area Director for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the primary liaison between the Mayor’s office and the dynamic and diverse communities in the Northeast and East areas of Los Angeles. In addition, he was the Policy Director for Workforce Development in the Mayor’s Office and the Senior Liaison to the city’s Asian Pacific Islander community. Mike also worked for former Councilmember Ed Reyes (CD 1) as Deputy to the communities of Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Echo Park, Angeleno Heights, Westlake, and engaged many Neighborhood Councils in civic empowerment issues. Mike graduated from CSUN with a Master of Public Administration in Public Sector Management and Leadership and from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Education.

LorenzoLorenzo Briceno – Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations

Lorenzo Briceno joins the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment with 10 years of legislative experience in Los Angeles City Council government. He previously worked as Assistant Chief of Staff to Councilmember Bernard C. Park. His management experience leading a political office’s legislative team brings great value to EmpowerLA and to Neighborhood Councils to better understand City Council and Committee processes. Lorenzo has a passion for increasing civic engagement while building strategic partnerships with stakeholders and advocacy groups to further collaborations between government and the people.

OctavianoOctaviano Rios – Outreach and Communications Advocate

Octaviano Rios is a native Angeleno with over 10 years experience in local government working as a staffer for Councilman Dennis P. Zine and Mayor Eric Garcetti. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of California San Diego and a graduate degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York. His efforts have focused heavily on civic engagement, community activism, and engaging the younger generation. In his capacity with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and its partnership with Neighborhood Councils, Octaviano aims to continue forming positive community partnerships, creating an environment of inclusivity, and helping Angelenos become more effective leaders and advocates.

Jasmine DJasmine Duckworth – Policy and Government Relations Advocate

Jasmine Duckworth has explored and engaged in the analysis of various legal and public policy issues with her degree in Public Policy and Law. From initiating fundraising campaigns to drafting policy memorandums relating to educational equity and employment law, she brings passion, experience and an overall desire to learn and grow. Coming from a family who actively participates in neighborhood associations, including a Neighborhood Council, Jasmine is excited to join the EmpowerLA team as she sees Neighborhood Councils as a catalyst for change in their communities and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment dedicated to being part of that change.

Jasmine ElbarbaryJasmine Elbarbary – Outreach and Communications Advocate

Jasmine Elbarbary is an LA native and graduate of Boston University where she studied International Relations. She has conducted research on policy for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland where her work has been presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Her experience has given her a unique perspective on civic engagement and the importance of meaningful partnerships between government and the public. Jasmine aims to foster an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment for Angelenos in the Neighborhood Council System