EXECUTIVE/LEADERSHIP TEAM

Roxana Tynan

Executive Director

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Roxana joined LAANE in 2001 and served as Deputy Director for six years until assuming the position of Executive Director in February 2012.

Roxana has been instrumental in the expansion of LAANE’s work and impact over the past decade. She has also played a leading role in developing LAANE’s community organizing department, mentoring dozens of young organizers and creating one of the region’s most effective organizing and advocacy programs.

Prior to joining LAANE, Roxana served as economic development deputy to L.A. City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg. Roxana began her work life as an organizer for the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. A graduate of Yale, she is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives with her husband and two children in Mt. Washington.

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James Elmendorf

Policy Director

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James joined LAANE in 2003 as a Senior Policy Analyst, focusing on new developments and specializing in the hospitality industry. He has led efforts on behalf of LAANE to adopt the Century Corridor Living Wage Ordinance, the Hotel Labor Peace policy and L.A. World Airport’s shuttle driver’s policy, among others, and has worked on numerous new development campaigns to ensure that community benefits are included. He became LAANE’s Policy Director in early 2007, and in this capacity has helped coordinate policy efforts for all LAANE projects. Prior to joining LAANE, James served as executive director of Coalition L.A., community organizer with UNITE HERE and editor of Random Lengths News in San Pedro. James lives in Mount Washington with his wife Kristin and his son Toby.

 

Gina Palencar

Communications Director

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Gina began leading LAANE’s communications team in 2009. She brought over 16 years of experience in communications, public opinion research, and management for campaigns, nonprofits, and labor organizations. Gina spent six years as the communications director and spokesperson for several groundbreaking state ballot initiatives across the country, including California’s Proposition 36. Gina lives with her husband in University Hills where they plant trees, garden, and do feral cat spay-neutering and rescue.

Rudy Gonzalves

Director, Education Campaign

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Rudy is the Director of LAANE’s Education campaign. He has nearly 20 years of experience with labor and community alliances in building political and electoral power for workers and communities of color. He previously served as a director with Jobs to Move America, a national organization committed to creating good transportation jobs. He was also a political director for the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO, and SEIU. He was a Statewide Coordinator for California Calls and an Assistant Director with the Mayor’s Office of the Census 2010. He is an attorney and attended U.C. Hastings College of the Law.

Yomara Arrivillaga

Director of Finance and Administration

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Yomara has worked at LAANE since 2000. Beginning as Office Manager, she has gradually took on increasing responsibility for financial and personnel management becoming the Finance and Administration Director in 2009. She is responsible for budget development and management, all accounting functions, personnel benefits, office management and administration. She supervises two full time staff who handle routine duties related to those functions. The second of five siblings, Yomara emigrated from Guatemala in 1988. She lives with her husband and their two boys and daughter.