Board of Directors Bios
|Rachael Rose Luckey is a community/housing rights advocate living in Los Angeles. She serves on the steering committee for the Alliance of River Communities (ARC), participates on the LAPD LGBT Working Group, and is the Vice-Chair of LA Care Health Plan's Regional Community Advisory Committee (RCAC-4). Her passionate and galvanized desire to see ALL Americans living free with dignity and having the opportunity to prosper in this new millennium are the defining factors in her continued commitment to giving it her all.|
|A lifelong volunteer and local activist, Lara was recently elected to serve on the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council to address Climate Change and Social Justice issues. Lara has been an elected state delegate and volunteered on many campaigns to elect progressives, locally and nationally.
Her experiences as an environmentalist and member of worker, consumer and housing co-operatives gives Lara an in-depth understanding of key areas.
Lara has lived at the Los Angeles Eco-Village for the last 20 years. During that time she helped to found the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust and the Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative.
Through the California Network of Community Land Trusts, Lara has helped draft and pass legislation, at the state level, to better meet the need for affordable housing.
Lara Morrison holds a BA in Environmental Science and an MA in Bioethics.
At Large Rep Board Rep
|Lauren moved to Los Angeles in 2014 where she quickly felt at home in the Rampart Neighborhood. Lauren is a Business Continuity Professional with almost a decade of experience in helping organizations and individuals prepare for the unexpected. She has worked for public offices and been in leadership positions of nonprofits. Lauren plans to apply her customer service oriented experience and project management skills to serve the needs of her unique, dense, and diverse community during an era of economic, political, and social transition. It’s her pleasure to serve.
|Up until 2008, I worked as EPA Region 9 Federal Facilities Coordinator and as a Site Assessment Manager in Superfund site assessment (see: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-site-assessment-process).
In 2008, I retired and joined the Peace Corps where I served as an Environmental Awareness Agent with the Nouadhibou school district in Mauritania (2008-2009) and as a Programme Officer for the National Environment Agency in The Gambia (2009-2010).
In 2010, I entered the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California on a Peace Corps Fellowship and I received a Master of Planning degree in 2012. Subsequently, I completed a summer internship with the City of South Lake Tahoe's Planning Division (2012) and served as an AmeriCorps Member with The Sierra Fund (2013) in researching mercury in fish tissue in Sierra lakes and streams related to historic mining practices. In 2014-2015, as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member, I assisted the City of Fullerton, California, and Pathways of Hope in implementing a strategic plan for their Homelessness Coalition.
In 2015-2016, as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, I assisted the Virginia Housing Alliance and its partners in recruiting, training, and supporting a cohort of VISTAs, placed in communities across the state, to facilitate the transition to the Housing First approach.
With the re-opening of the Warm Room in December 2016, I assisted the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless with emergency shelter operations and with building its capacity to serve the homeless population in South Lake Tahoe.
Since July 2017, I have served as the Data and Research Associate/AmeriCorps VISTA with the Los Angeles Promise Zone, a White House initiative to align resources to address community needs.
In addition, I studied environmental science, ecology, botany, zoology, field methods in wildlife biology, botany, Geographic Information Systems, sociology, cultural anthropology, and public speaking at Lake Tahoe Community College.
At Large Rep
|For over a decade, KeAndra Cylear Dodds has dedicated her career to the creation and preservation of affordable housing; improving access to transit, healthy environments and economic opportunities; and developing policies that foster social equity.
KeAndra currently works as the Manager of Preservation and Homeownership Programs at the Los Angeles County Development Authority. Prior to joining LACDA, she was the Senior Program Director, Policy and Special Initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. There she led Enterprise’s Southern California policy work and joined Enterprise’s state and federal advocates to improve access to safe, affordable homes in thriving neighborhoods.
Before working at Enterprise, KeAndra was the Transportation and Housing Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. As Deputy, she focused on issues related to transportation, land use, affordable housing and LGBT rights.
Before joining the county, she was a Staff Attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles. There, KeAndra engaged in impact litigation, policy advocacy, technical assistance and education statewide to improve access to affordable housing for low-income families. She also advocated for equitable transit-oriented and sustainable development.
KeAndra received her law degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and her bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania.
Community Interest Rep
| Huda is a certified hypnotherapist, since 1993. As community activist, he played an important role in the formation of LITTLE BANGLADESH. He was a Vice President of Bangladesh unity federation of Bangladesh, running a online newspaper as an editor and publisher. He is the founder and president of Little Bangladesh Press Club, and current president of writers association of Bangladesh, California.
As a passion, internationally acclaimed mime icon, known as a international mime ambassador of Bangladesh, developed Huda yoga and body alignment techniques.
Community Organization Rep
|Ms. Mejia is Alumni Southern California Leadership Network hosted by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, she Co-Founded the Women Like Us Hollywood Chapter with former E! News Host, Cad Sadler, which focused on mentorship of teen girls in Gil Cedillo’s district.
Subsequently, she joined the board of the Wise Latina Network, an experimental leadership cohort guided by the principal of curating content by and for Latinas of all generations.
Ms. Mejia created a partnership between GRYD providers and Downtown LA residential mixers. The community partnership provided the affluent residents an opportunity to give back. In 2016, Ms. Mejia joined the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles Advisory Board.
In 2018, Ms. Mejia joined the board of her eldest brother’s Advisory Board for Breaking
Through Barriers to Success that serves both the Northeast and MacArthur Park.
She also works directly with the Founders of California Cannabis Coalition and Latinos
For Cannabis and created educational campaign Yes We Canna!
Ms. Mejia is a welcomed community collaborator to GRYD providers that include, 2nd Call, Chapter Two, BTBTS, Healing Urban Barrios, Homies Unidos, Soledad Enrichment Action, Volunteers of America and many more. Ms. Mejia has hosted fundraisers and board
room meetings at her residential properties for 10 years.
Ms. Mejia has been a collaborator at South LA’s Big House for 6 years teaching the youth by hosting mobile music studio workshops with Grammy Award Winning Producers.