Contact Us

E-Mail:  LAPPD@usc.edu
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President:  Vanessa Ramirez vmramire@usc.edu
Vanessa Ramirez is a graduating master in public policy student from USC’s Sol Price School of Policy. Vanessa’s course specialization includes political management and education policy. Her professional experience lies within government relations consulting including coalition building and strategic planning for Latino community organizations. Vanessa also serves as the Vice President of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Los Angeles Alumni Association. 
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Vice-President:  Verenice Chavoya-Perez vchavoya3@gmail.com
Verenice Chavoya-Perez serves as the Vice-President for LAPPD.  Prior to attending USC, Verenice worked in providing social services, coordinating community events, and advocating for families and children in Northern California. Verenice’s primary interest is in developing social and urban policies that can lift communities from poverty. Currently, Verenice is interning at the Mayor’s Office of Education for the City of Los Angeles. Upon graduation from USC, Verenice plans on utilizing her Master in Public Policy degree to continue developing and analyzing policies that will improve the socioeconomic conditions of poor communities.
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Administrative Chair:  Christian Lopez lope650@usc.edu
Christian Lopez serves as Administrative Chair for LAPPD. She is a first-year MPP student and pursuing a Certificate in GIS. Before USC, Christian has worked as Program Manager for Constituency Services at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund where she assisted in developing professional development trainings for numerous policymakers, at the city, school district and state legislative level, to improve their governance skills and promote increased access to healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in their jurisdictions. In the future she hopes to pursue a PhD in Public Policy or Government and effect policy through academic research and policy advising at the national level.
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Alumni Relations Chair:  Brent Tercero brent.tercero@gmail.com
Elected to the Pico Rivera City Council in November, 2011, Brent Tercero grew up in Pico Rivera and attended St. Marianne’s Parish School. He then attended Loyola High School of Los Angeles where he learned the value of “being a man for others”. After graduating, he attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he earned his bachelors in History and Political Science. Immediately after graduation, he was recruited by Teach for America and taught at Los Angeles Academy Middle School in south Los Angeles while earning a Master of Arts in Education from Loyola Marymount University. While teaching, he gained an appreciation of the importance of public schools and the hardships that many of our nation’s children endure everyday that keep them from attaining a quality education. When Brent was laid off after the 2009 school year because of budget cuts he realized policy and political decisions could hurt the everyday American, and the everyday Pico Riveran. He decided to switch professions and went back to school at the University of Southern California where he will earn his Masters of Public Policy in 2012. Brent currently works for theCity Manager in Maywood, CA.
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Finance Chair:  Yolanda Anguiano yolanda.anguiano@gmail.com
Yolanda Anguiano (second year MPA) was born and raised in the East San Fernando Valley. She received her BA in Social Psychology from California State University Northridge (CSUN.) While attending CSUN she was involved with various organizations and started advocating for peace and social justice issues. In 2006 she served as boardmember to a progressive community funded radio station, Pacifica 90.7FM KPFK. Before starting graduate school she represented  California State Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes. Her role was to build relationships with his constituency including local organizations and businesses. During this time she volunteered with the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council and Latina empowerment nonprofit, Comision Femenil. Her hobbies are attending cultural events showcasing various genres of art. Yolanda hopes to make a career in engaging the community to build beautification projects. Her proudest moment has been serving as Project Manager to the East San Fernando Valley Nature Parkway- a California native plant garden aimed to revitalize the community.
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Historian:  VACANT
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Professional Development Co-Chair:  David Bennett bennettdavid100@gmail.com
A Los Angeles native, David moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he studied history and political science.  He then did some organizing in Detroit before returning to Los Angeles to study public administration and urban planning at USC, with a concentration in social and community planning.  He is interested in community empowerment, youth mentorship, parks and public spaces, affordable housing, campaign finance reform, government transparency, prison reform, urbanization, environmental protection, international relations (esp. India and Latin America), and engaging in dialogue about these topics or anything else.  He is happy to be a part of LAPPD, which partners with local organizations and leaders to deepen our understanding of important issues (in Los Angeles and beyond) while getting more involved in our community.
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Professional Development Co-Chair:  Daisy Chilin  dchilin@usc.edu
Daisy Chilin is pursuing her Master in Public Administration Degree at USC. Prior to attending USC, she has worked for non-profit organizations. While attending USC, she has interned for local government. She believes there are many different ways to create meaningful change in the world.
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Public Relations Co-Chair:  Erica Valencia
Erica is a second year Masters of Public Policy Candidate at the Sol Price School for Public Policy.  Her major interests are education and poverty alleviation strategies.  Currently, she is interning with Long Beach Unified School District and works for the Rossier School of Education as a graduate student researcher.  She loves running, hiking, volunteering at her church, and her dog, Charlie.  
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Social Events Chair:  VACANT
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Undergraduate Representative:  Edgar Escobedo eiescobe@usc.edu
Edgar is an undergraduate student at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, a Student Ambassador, and the Undergraduate Chairman for the Latino Association for Policy, Planning, and Development.  As a native of Los Angeles, and a member of a minority group, he cares about the social issues that affect his city.  He is a passionate promoter of higher education among underrepresented groups.  He believes that investing in the education of the less privileged members of our communities is the key to making our city and our country a better place to live
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