Karly Katona serves as Chief of Staff, overseeing all policy, programmatic and operational issues of the office, with a specific emphasis on homelessness and housing policy, and championing catalytic development and initiatives that benefit the 10th District. She has spent the past 15 years in public service, the past 12 of which as a senior deputy to then-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. Karly holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley and a Master's in Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles.
Chief Deputy for Operations, Budget and Technology
Kimberly Jo serves as Chief Deputy for Budget, Operation and Technology, supporting the policy making, execution of capital projects, and operations of the 10th District office. She has more than 15 years of experience in public sector budget and finance, technology, strategic planning, economic development, and urban planning. Kimberly has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Chief Deputy for Legal Affairs and Justice Initiatives
Emerson Luke serves as Chief Deputy for Legal Affairs and Justice Initiatives. Emerson is responsible for overseeing policy, programming and advocacy related to public safety, legal affairs and equity issues. He previously worked in private practice as a litigation attorney. Emerson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tufts University, a Master's in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Fernando Ramirez serves as Chief Deputy for Civic Engagement and Legislation, overseeing the legislative program for the office. He previously served as a Special Assistant and Policy Advisor to then-Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Fernando earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Senior Deputy for Communications, Arts and Strategic Initiatives
Ibert Schultz serves as Senior Deputy for Communications, Arts and Strategic Initiatives. He manages all aspects of media engagement, arts and cultural developments, and special initiatives for the office. He previously practiced law in private practice and worked in the Obama Administration in The White House and Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation. Ibert received his Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College and Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.
Senior Deputy for Legislation, Education and Workforce Development
Dr. Porsha Cropper serves as Senior Deputy for Education, Workforce Development and Legislation, and is responsible for policy, program and advocacy related to early childhood and K-12 education and workforce development initiatives. She previously served as the Assistant Senior Deputy of Education and Human Development for then-Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Prior to that, she worked at Abt Associates as an Associate Scientist. Porsha earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University.
Dhakshike Wickrema serves as Senior Deputy for Homelessness and Housing, overseeing all policies, programs and advocacy related to homelessness and poverty alleviation. She previously served as Senior Deputy for Homelessness and Mental Health to then-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and supported his successful efforts in March 2017 to pass Measure H, which funds housing and services to prevent and end homelessness in Los Angeles County. Dhakshike earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kayla Tilton serves as Deputy for Civic Engagement and Legislation. She leads the office’s policy and programmatic work on environment, energy, and transportation issues, and is also a member of the Civic Engagement and Communications teams. Kayla previously served as Assistant Deputy for Communications and Legislation for then-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. Kayla earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention as well as a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Southern California, and was previously a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.
Hakeem Parke-Davis serves as Deputy for Planning and Economic Development. He previously served as a project planner in the City of Los Angeles’ Planning Department and is passionate about improving the built environment to facilitate a more livable and equitable city. Hakeem received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and City Planning from Cal State University-Northridge.
Deputy for Bioscience, Economic and Workforce Development
Yordanos Gebretatios serves as Deputy for Bioscience, Economic, and Workforce Development, working to promote responsible economic development and job creation opportunities for residents of the 10th District and City of Los Angeles. She has a decade of experience in nonprofit management, previously working with healthcare and STEM nonprofits. Yordanos received her Bachelor of Science in Bioscience from Rice University and Master's of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Ariana Drummond serves as Deputy for Communications and Civic Engagement and helps to manage the day-to-day aspects of media requests and engagements. Ariana previously served as Assistant Deputy for Communications for then-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. Prior to that, she created public relations campaigns for companies and organizations such as Warner Brothers, BET, NAACP, TV One, UNCF, and others. Ariana received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hampton University.
Aurelia Ventura serves as Deputy for Communications and Visual Arts. She is responsible for the office’s communications in video and photography. Aurelia previously worked as a photojournalist for then-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, and prior to that as a photojournalist for the La Opinion Newspaper for 30 years.
Brett Louie serves as an intern, liaising with the Communications and Civic Engagement Teams, and is responsible for facilitating scroll requests. He is completing undergraduate studies at University of California, Irvine.
CONSTITUENT SERVICES AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Senior Deputy for Constituent Services (South-East Area)
Mary Jones serves as Senior Deputy for Constituent Services. She oversees the staff and operations at the district offices as well as manages the 10th District’s Constituent Support System, Bus Request Program, and Disaster Preparedness. She also provides direct constituent services related to the South East portion of the 10th District. Mary has more than three decades of community engagement experience with Councilmember Ridley-Thomas that includes his first election to the Los Angeles City Council, followed by his time in the California State Legislature, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association.
Kimani Black serves as District Director. He supports the management and facilitation of the district office operations and personnel activities. Kimani provides direct constituent services related to the South West portion of the 10th District. He has served 10th District residents for 15 years, first as a Grid Deputy, and then Assistant District Director to Councilmember Herb Wesson. Previously, Kimani worked in state government under Speakers Herb Wesson and Fabian Nunez.
Joan Crear serves as Senior Deputy for Special Projects on both the Constituent Services and Civic Engagement teams. She has been a member of the Councilmember's staff for more than three decades. She began her tenure with him at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Association, where she served as the Director of the Rosa Parks Sexual Assault Crisis Center, a rape crisis center, founded by Councilmember Ridley-Thomas and his wife Avis Ridley-Thomas in 1984. Joan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Cal State University-Dominquez Hills.
Mayra Guevara serves a Deputy for Constituent Services. She provides direct constituent services related to the Western portion of the 10th District. Mayra is also responsible for coordinating requests to provide outreach and sanitation services at homeless encampments. She has extensive experience working with community members and government agencies. Mayra has served as a field deputy for then-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for over a decade.
Danielle Mero serves as Deputy for Constituent Services, serving residents in the Mid-City area. She began serving the 10th District five years ago, originally working for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Cal State University-Los Angeles.
Carl Young provides Rapid Response services across the 10th District. He is responsible for handling emergency bulky item removal within and supports the office’s strategy to address street homelessness. Carl has a background in graffiti removal and community beautification.
Cindy Wan serves as Senior Executive Assistant to Councilmember Ridley-Thomas, overseeing the Administrative Team, handling all scheduling requests, and managing the day-to-day operations of the 10th District’s offices. She is a dedicated public servant with over 20 years of experience working for the Councilmember.
Evelin Barajas serves as an Administrative Assistant. She has experience in administrative services in both the public and private sector. Most recently, Evelin served as the Scheduling Assistant to then-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, and prior to that, she served as an Executive Secretary and Community Liaison for Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
Alvinette Strong serves as an Administrative Assistant and a member of the Constituent Service team. She is responsible for administrative duties and staff support across the Civic Engagement and Constituent Service teams. Alvinette has worked with the City of Los Angeles for over three decades.
Rolando Juniel serves as a Special Assistant to Councilmember Ridley-Thomas. He previously served as then-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ Special Assistant for 12 years. Prior to that, Rolando was in law enforcement for 30 years.