Adonia Lugo | Board Co-Chair | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Dr. Adonia E. Lugo is an urban anthropologist and mobility justice strategist. Since 2008, she has been exploring the intersections of race, class, and sustainable transportation, a journey she shares in her 2018 book Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance (Microcosm Publishing). She teaches in the Urban Sustainability MA program at Antioch University Los Angeles and is a core organizer with the Untokening. Adonia co-founded City of Lights/Ciudad de Luces and has been thrilled to contribute to MCM's transformation into People for Mobility Justice. You can learn more about her work at her personal website, urbanadonia.com.
Andres Ramirez | Board Co-Chair | Pronouns: he/him/his
As the first generation son of Salvadorian migrants, Andres Ramirez was born and raised in South Los Angeles and attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA, Mr. Ramirez chaired many university-wide organizations that focused on community organizing, activism, and social justice. He has led multiple efforts in South LA as the Community Organizer for Community Healthy Councils, TRUST South LA, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Community Coalition, Coalition LA, and as a Public Ally. He is currently the Campaign Manager at SCOPE Los Angeles. SCOPE advocates for economic development, local jobs, and equitable distribution of resources to South LA. Ramirez has committed his life and career to social justice.Ramirez is a strategist, tastemaker, organizer, and urbanist that specializes on innovative strategies to transform low income communities into thriving, healthy, self-sustainable hubs. As a native Angelino, he has dedicated his life to building community power in South/Southeast LA. He is a part of an emerging active transportation movement in South/Southeast LA that is challenging the city and county to transform its car-centric culture into one that supports multiple modes especially walking and cycling.Ramirez is a certified LCI (#4146) who has taught bilingual courses for adults and children in South LA. Most recently he led Traffic Skills 101 courses for school staff at Audubon Middle School to assist with their newly created bike program.
Maria Sipin | Board Member | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Maria Sipin has a background in health communications and research for nonprofit health care and local transportation advocacy work. She is experienced in community mobilization for issues ranging from national adolescent health initiatives for LGBTQ youth of color and local active transportation projects to prioritize the needs and rights of low-income communities of color. She currently serves as an advisory board member on her fifth year for People for Mobility Justice (formerly known as Multicultural Communities for Mobility), and is passionate about storytelling, leadership development and pathways for higher education for young people of color, addressing inequities within institutions, and making urban planning processes more accessible and inclusive. She has developed anti-oppressive frameworks in the private consulting realm and facilitates trainings in-person and through webinars. She happily connects self-expression and community building through art and hip-hop to her urban planning work, where she first started convening young people and artists through Session [A] at Cal Poly Pomona in undergrad for "Open Mics, Open Tables, Open Floors, Open Minds." She is completing her degrees in Master of Urban & Regional Planning and Public Health program at Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University. She is a certified bicycle safety instructor (LCI #3846), a “Walking College” fellow alumni (class of 2016), IBPI Active Transportation Scholar (2017-2018), and NITC Scholar (2018). She was awarded the Gail Achterman Leadership Scholarship by WTS Portland in 2017.
Anisha Hingorani | Board Member | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Anisha is a policy analyst at the Advancement Project California and works in partnership with community-based organizations to advance racial and social equity in advocacy of healthy built environments. Anisha served as the first staff person at Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), where she helped develop culturally-relevant programs that meaningfully engaged transit-dependent residents in transportation planning processes and organized for policies to protect vulnerable communities from over-policing, criminalization and displacement. She is the daughter of Taiwanese and Indian immigrants and was raised in the San Gabriel Valley.
Isidro Cerda | Board Member | Pronouns: he/him/his
Isidro is a native of Mexico City and grew up in the community of East Los Angeles. His interest in mobility and communities of color come from his experience as a Latino immigrant and are heavily influenced by the maxims of equity, social, and environmental justice. He is particularly interested in the potential of community based research and popular education in empowering and effecting change in underrepresented communities. Isidro obtained a BA in Global Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, and completed coursework in the masters program in Urban Planning and Public Policy at USC. In the past he has worked as TOD research coordinator for SAJE, a tenant rights organization, and as a planning consultant for City of Los Angeles. His most recent professional experience is as a lead organizer for a civic engagement consulting firm working with small family restaurants.
Sumi Gant | Board Member | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Yolanda Davis-Overstreet | Board Member | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Río Contreras | Building Power Director | Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Río was born x raised in Echo Park with Central American roots. Río's role as Programs & Policy organizer is to advocate alongside with and garner resources for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities for mobility justice and transportation equity. Since 2003 Río has had the opportunity to work across California on issues of mobility justice, transportation equity, food justice, healing justice, land use and purchase, resisting displacement and much more. Their specialty is bicycle related knowledge- such as safety, mechanics, art, bike touring, etc- teaching over 10,000 individuals and training over 200 bike educators. Río’s priority is to work alongside BIPOC who are Queer Trans* Intersex, particularly in co-creating Spirit Bicycle Tours!
Maryann Aguirre | Project Director | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Maryann Aguirre was born and raised in Boyle Heights and is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. As a young mother at the age of 17 with little to no access to a vehicle she was no stranger to multi-modal transportation. Maryann joined the all women of color bicycle collective, Ovarian Psycos in 2011 and during her five years as an active core member she centered much of her work and passion around women of color on bicycles as an alternative method of transportation and a tool for social change.
Maryann joined PMJ in 2014 as a Program Specialist and through her involvement she has developed and led innovative community-based campaigns, bike rides and programs that centers women, people-of-color and low-income communities in public planning processes focused on bicycle education, street safety and land use. She has engaged in several local and national projects and conferences and has been invited several times to present at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC to discuss the impact of bicycle facilities on housing affordability and women-of-color’s roles in leading inclusive and accessible bicycle advocacy.
As the new Communications and Project Analyst Maryann will be supporting the growth of PMJ programs and policy work and share this through various communication platforms.
Jesi Harris | Inspiring Growth Manager | Pronouns: any
Jesi was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. At age thirteen, her father passed away. After that, Jesi began navigating the broken public transit system in Charlotte to get to work and around the community. Jesi connects this lived experience of how difficult it can be to make transit work with her experience as a cyclist. She sees this perspective as fundamental to the organizing and advocacy skills she brings into her work with disabled and homeless communities. This all informs Jesi's approach to community-based bike safety education.
Jesi first became involved with PMJ in 2013 as a volunteer and since then has had experience developing curriculum, organizing around transportation policy, and has participated in numerous bicycle rides and programs.
Her passion for stewarding equitable, sustainable land use policies as a means to generational economic empowerment led her to pursue a Masters in Urban Planning. She will be attending USC in the fall. Jesi lives with her dog and brother in West Hollywood.
In her role as Inspiring Growth Manager, Jesi will be coordinating bicycle safety rides, classes, events, and education with BIPOC communities throughout Los Angeles County.
Kali Malikah | Thriving Communities Manager | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Erick Huerta | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
Erick Huerta is a digital strategist and communications consultant for non-profits, labor unions, and grass-roots organizations. He has a background in journalism, is a hyper local blogger for the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, and freelance writer. Erick is an advocate for immigrant’s rights, cyclist of color, and working class communities.
Hector Benavides | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
A first generation Angeleno and proud Lincoln Heights resident, Hector studied geography and urban studies at Cal State Long Beach. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he went on to complete internships with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Southern California Association of Governments, where he worked to promote healthier, safer, and more sustainable communities. Hector also performed community outreach work for Mujeres de la Tierra, where he utilized his expertise to improve public engagement in local planning processes. The son of Salvadorian and Mexican migrants, Hector recognizes the impact and legacy of disinvestment in local communities and strives to increase equity and bring justice to the underserved through his work.
Rodrigo Garcia | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
Rodrigo Garcia was born in Morelos, México, grew up in Mexico City, and has lived in Los Angeles since 2013. Using his platform as a transportation planner, freelance writer, and community outreach specialist, he is committed to advance an agenda of social justice, social mobility, and redistribution of wealth and income through transportation improvements. You can follow his journey with his non-profit organization in Mexico and photo work on instagram: @dominiopopular.
Nia Overstreet | Young-Star | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Omar Vargas | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
Omar Vargas is an East Los Angeles native and graduate from Denison University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology/Anthropology. Since graduating, Omar has led and contributed to urban planning and art and culture projects in Los Angeles neighborhoods. Through his natural curiosity and vigilant attention to detail, he has actively sought out to find solutions to empowering the neighborhoods he has worked in. He has been acknowledged for his work in civic engagement projects and has shared his expertise at national conferences such as Open Engagement and the California Bicycle Summit. A former TEDx talk speaker, Omar is committed to making lasting, impactful changes in his city through open experimentation and being open to failure.Omar is currently an Urban Futures Lab Fellow with Public Matters, a social-enterprise that implements long-term, place-based, socially engaged art, media, education, and civic engagement projects that advance social change.
Ade Neff | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
Rachel Horn | Mob J Team | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Zully Juarez | Mob J Team | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Monique Lopez | Mob J Team | Pronouns: Fluid
For the past 12 years, Monique López, founder of Pueblo, has been a social justice planner and policy advocate working on a variety of issues such as transportation justice, environmental justice, and public space access throughout Southern California. Their experience and heart for social justice shapes Pueblo's model, values, and approach. Monique is a certified planner with the American Planning Association and has earned a Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a Master's in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach. She has also earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science with a Minor in Religion from Vanguard University. When she is not working with community members, she loves to ride and work on her bike and is an avid storyteller.
Areli Morales | Mob J Team | Pronouns:
Tyree Harris | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
Chris Barahona | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
Kris Fortin | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
Kristopher works to uplift disadvantaged communities through grassroots organizing, urban innovation and storytelling. Most recently his work has been involved in combining all these areas in hopes of cultivating people and movements’ potential in creating equitable communities. He made this connection to be a multidisciplinary community organizer as early as his university education when he double majored in journalism and urban planning. He continued to make the connection throughout his career and continues to do so with his work at Streetsblog California, People for Mobility Justice and Santa Ana Active Streets.
Miguel Ramos | Mob J Team | Pronouns: he/him/his
Miguel Ramos is currently an Outreach Coordinator with the PLACE Program (Policies from Livable, Active Communities and Environments) at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Miguel holds his BA in Sociology with a focus on Equity and Diversity from California State University Los Angeles and currently is completing his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on transportation. Prior to working with PLACE, he has worked as a Bicycle Safety Coordinator for Multicultural communities for Mobility (MCM). During his time with MCM he has facilitated various community led projects, coordinated with community groups to provide resources in forms of materials and education, and has advocated for policy recommendations for equitable & sustainable development throughout Los Angeles County. In his spare time Miguel participates in community efforts that empower Low Income communities to reclaim space and take ownership of safe, healthy, clean and sustainable-oriented linkages.
Ayo Neff | Young-Star | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Chynna Monrote | Mob-J Team | Pronouns: fluid