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  • Raquel Beltrán
    Raquel Beltrán
    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
  • Tom Soong
    Tom Soong
    Director of Outreach and Communications
  • Man-Qin He
    Man-Qin He
    Senior Accountant
  • Sevak Paramazian
    Sevak Paramazian
    Systems Manager
  • Arin Abedian
    Arin Abedian
    Multi-Media Marketing Strategist
  • Adriana Cabrera
    Adriana Cabrera
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Brett Shears
    Brett Shears
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Jackie Kim
    Jackie Kim
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Betty Wong Oyama
    Betty Wong Oyama
    Neighborhood Council Analyst
  • Gibson Nyambura
    Gibson Nyambura
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Jasmine Elbarbary
    Jasmine Elbarbary
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Karen Hernandez
    Karen Hernandez
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • John Darnell
    John Darnell
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Julien Antelin
    Julien Antelin
    Director of Innovation
  • Lorenzo Briceno
    Lorenzo Briceno
    Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations
  • Mario Hernandez
    Mario Hernandez
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Erricka Peden
    Erricka Peden
    Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Obiamaka Ude
    Obiamaka Ude
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Octaviano Rios
    Octaviano Rios
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Vanessa Serrano
    Vanessa Serrano
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Freddy Cupen-Ames
    Freddy Cupen-Ames
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Jose Galdamez
    Jose Galdamez
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Kyle Stone
    Kyle Stone
    Project Assistant
  • Ann-Marie Holman
    Ann-Marie Holman
    Project Assistant
  • Guadalupe Aguilar
    Guadalupe Aguilar
    Project Assistant
  • Mia Fernandez
    Mia Fernandez
    CORE Fellow
  • Grace Kim
    Grace Kim
    Project Assistant
  • Erica Cruz
    Erica Cruz
    Project Assistant
Raquel Beltrán
General Manager

Responsibilities and Assignments:

As the General Manager, Raquel 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.

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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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Tom Soong
Director of Outreach and Communications

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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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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Arin Abedian
Multi-Media Marketing Strategist

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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Adriana Cabrera
Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

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


Interesting Fact:

Adriana is the former Education Representative of the Central Alameda Neighborhood Council and long time community organizer in the South Central Los Angeles community.


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Brett Shears
Neighborhood Empowerment 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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Jackie Kim
Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

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Betty Wong Oyama
Neighborhood Council Analyst

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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Gibson Nyambura
Neighborhood Empowerment 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 Empowerment 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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Karen Hernandez
Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Karen 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 Empowerment 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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Julien Antelin
Director of Innovation

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Julien 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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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 Empowerment 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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Erricka Peden
Executive Administrative Assistant

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Obiamaka Ude
Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

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


Interesting Fact:

Obiamaka Ude was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a city planner by training. She loves to travel, learn about cities, good design, and playing capoeira.


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Octaviano Rios
Neighborhood Empowerment 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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Vanessa Serrano
Neighborhood Empowerment 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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Freddy Cupen-Ames
Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate

Responsibilities and Assignments:

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Jose Galdamez
Neighborhood Empowerment 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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Kyle Stone
Project 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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Ann-Marie Holman
Project Assistant

Responsibilities and Assignments:

Ann-Marie maintains the Department’s social media accounts, and writes the regular Outreach Tip column for the EmpowerLA newsletter. She also assists with marketing, public relations, and graphic design, for projects like the 15th Anniversary Neighborhood Council art exhibit at City Hall’s Bridge Gallery. In addition, she helps maintain and update the EmpowerLA website, and helps staff with IT issues and troubleshooting computers, printers, and other office gear.

Interesting Fact:

Ann-Marie Holman is a former board member and Land Use Committee Chair for the Echo Park Neighborhood Council. Since 2015 she has headed the outreach team for the annual Congress of Neighborhoods, and teaches public relations and social media workshops there. She has a previous background in the private sector, as a corporate brand manager and in-house publicist. She is also an award winning professional dancer, whose performance credits include events like the Night On Broadway festival in Downtown LA. Ann-Marie got her start in government growing up in Utah, as a member of Senator Orrin Hatch’s Youth Advisory Committee.


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Guadalupe Aguilar
Project Assistant

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Mia Fernandez
CORE Fellow

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Grace Kim
Project Assistant

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Erica Cruz
Project Assistant

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