Councilwoman Traci Park Sends Greetings and Intros Staff

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Traci Park

As the year comes to an end, I want to wish each of you a safe and healthy holiday season. I am excited about our future, and I eagerly accept the weight of responsibility to serve every resident of District 11. My heart is full of gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of support these last couple of weeks, and I look forward to spending time with you as we move our district forward in the new year.

I am so excited about our new CD11 team. We’ve hired excellent staff members who will serve you and our district well. We have a lot of big challenges and tasks ahead, but my staff and I are already hard at work fulfilling my campaign promises and launching our #Better11 agenda. We will continue to focus on addressing homelessness, public safety, affordability, economic recovery and quality-of-life issues across the Westside with the seriousness, urgency and determination these issues deserve.

With the campaign now behind us, I hope you will join me in uniting our communities for the common good. Whether you supported my candidacy or not, I am here to serve all of you. I will always do my best to get things right for our district, and I look forward to being your partner and ally on the journey ahead.

Best wishes during this wondrous time of year,

Traci Park

Caption: Clockwise from top left: Kevin Brunke, David Cano, Gabriela Medina, Clint Carlton, William Ayala, Carol Williams, Joseph Bailey, Star Parsamyan, Councilwoman Traci Park, Jacob Burman, and Jeff Khau.

Meet New CD11 Staff

CHIEF OF STAFF: Star Parsamyan. She brings more than a decade of government experience and knowledge of City Hall, where she previously served as Legislative Director to Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. Star has navigated some of the city’s most challenging issues over her time in service, and because of this experience, we are thrilled to have her working on behalf of CD11.

DISTRICT DIRECTOR: Gabriela Medina.  She previously held that job working for Councilman Joe Buscaino, where she led successful initiatives on homelessness, economic development, infrastructure, and constituent services. Gabby brings endless energy, determination, and a shared vision for a #Better11 on the Westside.

SENIOR ADVISOR: Jacob Burman. He previously served as Councilwoman Park’s Campaign Director. He has experience across a wide range of fields, including serving at some of the highest levels of Democratic politics, such as for the Democratic National Committee and the Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign. Just before working on the Park campaign, Jacob worked for a national transportation nonprofit focused on clean mobility solutions across the country.

LEGISLATIVE DEPUTY: Kevin Brunke. Joining Councilwoman Park on the City Council floor, Kevin will be essential in drafting legislation, staffing committees and advancing the policy goals of our district. He has extensive public policy, communications and organizational experience, and CD11 is lucky to have his services.

PLANNING DEPUTY: Jeff Khau. Jeff comes from the City’s Planning Department, where he spent years working on Westside planning initiatives, including community plan updates, and as a project planner for the Pacific Palisades and Venice Coastal Zone. He also has a strong policy background; no one knows the nuts and bolts of the City’s zoning code better than Jeff.

DIRECTOR OF HOMELESS & HOUSING: Clint Carlton. For the last two decades, Clint, a Playa Vista resident, has been a Senior Director at the Dream Center in Hollywood, where he has helped transform the lives of thousands of homeless Angelenos through outreach, residential, and resource programs. Clint is a visionary and thought leader who brings a focus on addiction recovery, mental health, and whole-person care.

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Jamie Paige.  A US Air Force veteran and Venice local with more than 20 years of experience in communications, Jamie’s experience working in local journalism, newsrooms, and as a press secretary will be essential to ensuring that constituents on the Westside are updated and have a fully transparent view of Councilwoman Park’s efforts and progress. Jamie has served on the Venice Neighborhood Council and formerly managed the Westside Current, one of the few local news outlets spotlighting daily life on the Westside.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/SCHEDULER: David Cano. As a City employee for more than 18 years, Dave brings a high level of customer service and professionalism to the role. As a non-binary person and formerly homeless youth, Dave will work with the councilwoman to elevate the LGBTQ+ and homeless youth communities.

HOMELESS OUTREACH LIAISON: Carol Williams. She will work closely with the unhoused population and local nonprofits to bring shelter and service options to people living on the streets. Carol was formerly homeless and worked at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority before joining the CD11 Council office. We are thrilled to have Carol’s expertise and assistance in helping the most vulnerable members of our community.

COUNCIL AIDE: William Ayala. He brings more than 18 years of experience working at City Hall and in special projects and looks forward to using his skills to facilitate the best possible compassionate constituent services for CD11 residents.

FIELD DEPUTY: Ashley Lozada. She will work closely with residents and stakeholders in the district to address constituent concerns. Ashley will also serve as the councilwoman’s representative to government agencies, businesses and local community groups. Her work will be essential to ensure that constituents are updated and issues addressed and resolved in a timely manner.

 

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