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  • Administration
  • Awareness & Engagement
  • Civic Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Policy/Gov
  • Raquel Beltrán
    Raquel Beltrán
    General Manager
  • Armando Ruiz
    Armando Ruiz
    Director of Administrative Services
  • Tom Soong
    Tom Soong
    Director of Awareness and Engagement
  • Vanessa Serrano
    Vanessa Serrano
    Director of Civic Leadership
  • Julien Antelin
    Julien Antelin
    Director of Innovation
  • Mike Fong
    Mike Fong
    Director of Policy and Government Relations
  • Erricka Peden
    Erricka Peden
    Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Man-Qin He
    Man-Qin He
    Senior Accountant
  • Adriana Cabrera
    Adriana Cabrera
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Atziri Camarena
    Atziri Camarena
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Gibson Nyambura
    Gibson Nyambura
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • John Darnell
    John Darnell
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Lorenzo Briceno
    Lorenzo Briceno
    Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations
  • Mario Hernandez
    Mario Hernandez
    Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate
  • Octaviano Rios
    Octaviano Rios
    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
    Public Information Officer
  • Guadalupe Aguilar
    Guadalupe Aguilar
    Project Assistant
  • Grace Kim
    Grace Kim
    Project Assistant
  • Michelle Lopez
    Michelle Lopez
    Administrative 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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      Tom Soong
      Director of Awareness and Engagement

      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
        Director of Civic Leadership

        Responsibilities and Assignments:

        Vanessa leads the Department’s civic leadership programming.


        Interesting Fact:

        Vanessa previously served on the Pacoima Neighborhood Council and  a neighborhood empowerment advocate. 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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          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.

           

          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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            Erricka Peden
            Executive Administrative Assistant

            Responsibilities and Assignments:

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            Personal Message:

            Coming soon


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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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                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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                  Atziri Camarena
                  Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate

                  Responsibilities and Assignments:

                  Atziri 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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                    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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                      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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                        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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                            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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                              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
                                    Public Information Officer

                                    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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                                        Grace Kim
                                        Project Assistant

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                                          Michelle Lopez
                                          Administrative Assistant

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