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John Ly (President)
John Ly is a trial attorney and the President of the Transportation Commission for the City of Los Angeles. As a partner and founder of Liang Ly LLP, John has helped obtain multi-million dollar verdicts and has successfully defended clients in various disputes. John is devoted to serving his community. He dedicates his time taking on cases for victims of domestic violence and volunteering for Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. For his service to the community, John has been awarded the Bet Tzedek Rebecca Nichols Emerging Leader Award and the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats' Carrol Inspiration Award. John lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Liane, and his two daughters, Emerson and Quinn.
Tafarai M. Bayne (Vice President)
Tafarai Bayne is a Los Angeles native with extensive experience in the following areas: communications, promotion and outreach, constituency building, stakeholder education, project management, program development, marketing, and event production. He is considered a leader in strategic planning & community organizing and has worked on development and urban planning issues for over 15 years with an emphasis on the dynamics impacting working class communities. He has extensive organizational development experience having served on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy during a critical executive transition and he recently served on the Board of CicLAvia, having helped spearhead expansion efforts into South Los Angeles. He currently serves as CicLAvia Chief Strategist. In 2014 he was appointed as a commissioner to the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission. Tafarai is also the founder of EMH Creative Group, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, communications and event production.
Jazmin Ortega is the Southern California Liaison to the California Department of Education, advising the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on communications, district and community relations for the southern half of the state. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Ms. Ortega also serves on Metro’s Citizens Advisory Council.
Eric R. Eisenberg
Mr. Eisenberg is the President and CEO of The Renaissance Group. He serves as a trustee for Marymount California University and the Port of Los Angeles High School for International Business and Maritime Studies.
Mr. Espinoza is the Executive Director of Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), a community development laboratory committed to building sustainable communities in urban areas. Mr. Espinoza specializes in identifying profitable investment opportunities in low-income communities.
Dr. Cris B. Liban is the Executive Officer of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). He oversees the agency's environmental, climate change, energy, electric vehicle and social sustainability initiatives. He had served in a variety of environmental engineering programs for various clients prior to coming to Metro. He has a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA. He is very active in pursuing innovative solutions to socially and technologically challenging issues and causes.
Dr.Tejada is a professor at USC Computer Science Department, where she was awarded her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Computer Science in 1998 and 2002, respectively. As the academic community leader for the Anita Borg Institute, she is passionate about empowering a diverse tech community in Los Angeles. She founded Computing Savvy (CSavvy.org) research group at USC to engage and excite girls about Computer Science using Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.