Meet Our Steering Committee

deb_mayorGDeborah Murphy (she’s the one on the right!) is a consultant to the cities of West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Los Angeles and the CRA/LA; and to community-based organizations including the Playhouse District Association, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Trust for Public Land and Warner Center Association. She is widely recognized for her leadership and vision in community consensus building, comprehensive city and multi-modal transportation planning, streetscape design and pedestrian safety issues. As a grant writer and designer/planner, Deborah has managed projects for public agencies that have obtained $75 million in active transportation and open space grants to create more sustainable cities.

In addition to founding Los Angeles Walks, Deborah is the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a member of the Green LA Coalition’s Living Streets campaign, and has conducted Walkabouts in three communities—Hollywood, Glassell Park/Cypress Park and Downtown Pasadena. The Walkabouts engage community members in evaluating the walkability of the neighborhoods that leads to an pedestrian safety action plan for improved streetscape design, land use planning, traffic law enforcement, pedestrian and driver education, and other programs that encourage walking and place making to build stronger communities. Follow Deborah at @lawalksdmurphy


Alexis Lantz, MA, is a policy analyst with the PLACE Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Previously, she was the Planning & Policy Director at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). During her tenure at LACBC she conducted the first ever citywide bicycle and pedestrian count for the City of Los Angeles and had a hand in shaping policies in the city and county of Los Angeles to increase infrastructure for bicycling as well as the amount and diversity of people bicycling for everyday transportation. She also worked to expand countywide advocacy capacity for bikeways and complete streets through LACBC’s Regional Partnership program and developing the recently launched Neighborhood Bicycle Ambassador program. Alexis holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. While at UCLA, she initiated a student-led course on bicycle and pedestrian planning that continues today and authored the report “Cycling in Los Angeles” as a Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative fellow. Alexis serves as the chairwoman of the CalBike Board and is a Los Angeles Walks a steering committee member.


Jessica Meaney works as the Southern California policy director for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, working on transportation policy priorities specifically regarding transportation finance, equity, and data collection/evaluation. With a Masters in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Prescott College in Arizona, Jessica enjoys being part of efforts to strengthen communities through improved transportation investments and policies. Jessica previously worked at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California Community Foundation. Jessica has lived car free in the City of Los Angeles for over 15 years.


Colleen Corcoran is a graphic designer and design educator in Los Angeles. She has collaborated on design projects with a variety of community organizations and public agencies in the Los Angeles area, including Metro, The City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles Walks, The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA Alliance for a New Economy, Climate Resolve, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, and many others. Her work focuses on the use of design as a tool for education and positive change within the urban environment. She is also a founding board member of CicLAvia, an organization that opens LA’s streets as a public space for cyclists and pedestrians on Sunday mornings. She graduated from the CalArts Graphic Design MFA program in 2008.


Alissa Walker writes about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for publications like Dwell, Fast Company, GOOD, Wired, Details, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, and is an associate produce for the KCRW public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. In 2010 she was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow for her writing on design and urbanism, and in 2011 she was awarded an ArtPlace grant for the initiative GOOD Ideas for Cities, where creatives propose solutions to urban problems proposed by city leaders, and present their ideas at lively public forums. Alissa lives in a royal blue house in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, writes infrequently on her blog, and relishes life in L.A. without a car. Follow Alissa at @gelatobaby


My La is a planner with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. Her professional experience focuses around environmental consulting, GIS, and transportation planning. She has been working on updating the City’s Mobility Plan since October 2011. She obtained her BA from UCLA in Geography/Environmental Studies and her Masters from Cal Poly Pomona in Urban & Regional Planning with a research focus on pedestrian safety and urban form. As a native Angeleno, My grew up in East Los Angeles and understands the value of having a high quality environment. My appreciates the days where she can explore the city on foot, which is pretty much everyday.


Mark Vallianatos is Policy Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute and an Adjunct Professor in Urban & Environmental Policy at Occidental College. He works on issues of food, transportation, urban design, and campus greening and is a co-author of the Next Los Angeles: the Struggle for a Livable City. Mark is a graduate of the University of Virginia and University of Virginia School of Law. He is optimistic about the potential of Los Angeles to become a more livable, just place and enjoys exploring the region by food, bike, bus, train, and car. Follow Mark at @markvalli

DaveedKapoorHeadshotDaveed Kapoor contributes a diverse range of experience as an architect, united by his consistent passion for space that improves the quality of people’s lives. He began his professional career in 2000 at Johnston Marklee where he led the design of artist’s studios, restaurants, offices and custom homes, as well as participated in multiple award winning projects. In 2005 Daveed founded, a land development and architecture collective focused on redressing social justice issues in Los Angeles. Working with developers and operators Utopiad has designed, entitled, permitted and constructed multiple housing, hospitality, live/work, and manufacturing places in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Francisco. In 2011 Daveed began transforming warehouse office spaces with RAC Design Build, he was architect of their 3048 Coolidge riverfront headquarters and assisted in pre-acquisition, appraisal and financing of the project. Daveed commutes by bicycle and is a transit advocate that has implemented bus stops, bike lanes and bus only lanes. With the DLANC Complete Streets Working Group he helped design and was permit architect of the Spring Street Parklets. Follow Daveed at @daveedkapoor

Planning retreat at Oxy

Tilza Castillo is a children’s social worker at the Department of Children and Family Services.

Our Advisory Board

Karen MackKaren Mack is founder and Executive Director of LA Commons, an organization dedicated to promoting Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods through locally based, interactive, artistic and cultural programming. LA Commons has implemented community art projects, tours and classes in communities throughout LA and in partnership with organizations such as the Central American Resource Center, the South Asian Network, Thai Community Development Center and UCLA. Prior to work with LA Commons, she served as a Public Service Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she researched the role of culture in community building. Her appointment at Harvard followed work as the Vice President, Program Development and Planning at Community Partners, an organization that provides developmental support to start-up nonprofits throughout Los Angeles County. While on staff at Community Partners, she developed a wide-range of initiatives including the incubator services program and organizational partnerships with institutions such as the California Wellness Foundation and the California Endowment. She holds an MPA from Harvard University and an MBA from the John Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She is currently president of the board of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative and an appointed member of the City’s Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.


2 thoughts on “Meet Our Steering Committee

  1. AB 1532 doesn’t go far enough please read my letter and if like to call to discuss these bills I would appreciative.

    Distracted Driving Awareness & Complete Streets

    Craig A. Durfey
    Founder of Distracted Driving
    Awareness & Complete Streets
    9331 Cellini Ave #A
    Garden Grove Ca

    Mike Gatto
    Assemblyman, Forty-Third District
    Chair, Appropriations Committee
    State Capitol
    P.O. Box 942849
    Sacramento, CA 94249-0043
    Tel: (916) 319-2043
    Fax: (916) 319-2143

    Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal,
    Chair of the Transportation Committee
    State Capitol
    P.O. Box 942849
    Sacramento, CA 94249-0070
    Tel: (916) 319-2070
    Fax: (916) 319-2170

    C.c. State Assembly.
    Cc. State Senate.
    C.c. Governor Jerry Brown.
    Dear Committee Chairs

    I’m writing to express my concern with how past legislation is enacted signed by Governor Jerry Brown then to be not expressed as value cost effective to create programs to supplement past legislation such as Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354). on 26, 2013, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP) approximate sum of $130 million per year.

    2014 legislation AB 2398,AB 1555, AB 1532 while I support these bills they could be combined into one bill as a Vulnerable Road Users bill it would be more effective if these bills where combined with the authors since AB 2398,AB 1555, AB 1532 efforts to raise fines and restriction of ones driver license or revoke for a period of time attempts to address punishment none address alternative cost effective programs such as the Vulnerable Road Users Laws Six U.S. States have enacted this law with other States have similarly worded laws their efforts to go far beyond Calif legislation by adding community service for distracted driving with traffic safety school, or killing someone would be charge with jail time like Utah States law much confusion in Calif law as to what is careless driving to a jury from aggressive driving.

    A great flaw is the perception from staff or legislators is not understanding such a large financial investment as the (ATP) program requires legislation to address drivers poor decision with a three ton vehicle, by educating how appropriation staff what’s is (ATP) and how the cost of added programs as an investment than a narrow view point with cost consideration,by having a requirement the violator pay for all cost, since we currently offer in State law for minors for bicycles traffic violations in Calif courts system to pay fifty dollars to take a bicycle safety class than pay a fine such as stop sign of about $400.00.

    By holding meetings between the Transportation and the Appropriation committee with the Governor Jerry Brown staff to iron out concerns as to a piece of legislation that is perceived costly before it comes to his desk to iron out concerns through education process between staff of committees on past legislation where the added value by investing than weaken legislation it alleviates limitation to provide better health of a pieces of social engineering legislation efforts to protect society’s interest

    Washington D.C. did a study show that BESTREERSMART.NET campaign actually paid for the investment and lowered ER Hospital cost with other services. Calif is growing density no room for more FWY or expanding roads, we have other place to turn to but to (ATP) Ca Secretary of Transportation Brain P. Kelly says we need to make it TRULY SAFE this requires a greater vision since our State is a tourist economy.

    Sep 24, 2013 Jerry Brown announced Monday AB 1371 he has signed legislation requiring California drivers to stay at least 3 feet away when passing bicyclists its critically that we mirror the efforts of OCTA program and other States efforts through education like BESTREETSMART.NET to support Calif State Senate passing SR 17 by Senator Evans where a mass-media with a multi culture language education radio, TV, social media has been proven to alter the course society’s behavior to improve the quality of life and to lessen the high rate of States bicycles & pedestrain Fatalities. To support nonprofit’s efforts to implement PSA of radio,TV station free air time currently press release of April where weak for distracted driving month among Law enforcement great efforts for distracted driving didn’t receive support from networks with saturation.

    Thank You

    Craig A. Durfey

    cc Gov Jerry Brown

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