Our mission is to align policies and public dollars to support transportation investments that strengthen communities.

We focus our work on partnership with community champions and support them with transportation policy analysis. We help build shared understanding of Metro and Los Angeles City processes, and provide budgetary strategy. We are working to build a Los Angeles transportation advocacy platform that prioritizes funding based on need, safety and access in a time of scarcity. See our 2020-2022 strategic plan here.

Started in 2015, Investing in Place, has cultivated a range of public, foundation, and individual funding to support our work on transportation policy and the public investment landscape of Greater Los Angeles. We have successfully raised over $2 million over our first six years. This has helped support our sustainability and success, notably the following highlights:

  • (2016) Measure M was approved by Los Angeles County voters and is the first Metro ballot measure that sets aside funding for sidewalks, crosswalks, improved access to transit, safe routes to school and more. Investing in Place was a pivotal leader in ensuring the ballot measure dedicated 6-8% of its $122 billion expenditure plan to active transportation.
  • (2018 to present) Investing in Place has influenced allocations in the City of Los Angeles’s $1.4 billion sidewalk repair program, $72 million street furniture program, and the City’s first-ever comprehensive Complete Streets projects, which to date totals over $80 million in safety and mobility improvements. 
  • (2019) Investing in Place has been a leading voice in advocating for Los Angeles County Metro to adopt an  agency-wide definition of equity.  When they did in 2019, it was based on the recommendations of the Investing in Place Transportation Equity Work Group and the policy paper published by the work group in 2016.  Metro’s definition identifies two demographic factors that have historically been determinants of disinvestment and disenfranchisement: (1) race/ethnicity and (2) household income. And Metro added a third factor to the mix: households with low vehicle ownership. Using these three factors to create a map of high need neighborhoods and communities in Los Angeles County, Metro can now apply this definition to evaluate planning efforts and resource allocations.
  • (2020) In the summer of 2020, Investing in Place was a leading advocacy voice producing research and analysis on the impacts of budget shortfalls due to COVID-19, and the Metro Board’s positioning to lock in 20% bus service cuts through June 2021.  With coalition partners at ACT-LA and other leaders, Investing in Place has supported mobilizing attention and amplifying voices about the impacts of these bus service cuts.  

Investing in Place is a project of Community Partners.

Team Members

Aziz Fellague Ariouat

Advocacy Associate

Jessica Meaney

Executive Director

Advisory Board

Richard France

(Leave of absence through June 2022) Estolano Advisors

Luis Gutierrez

Southern California Edison

Alexis Lantz

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Madeline Brozen

UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

Advisory Emeritus

David Diaz Avelar

Active San Gabriel Valley

KeAndra Cylear Dodds

Community Development Commission

Max Podemski

Pacoima Beautiful, Former Investing in Place Advisory Board Member 2015-2017

Rudy Espinoza

Leadership for Urban Renewal

Eric Bruins

Former Investing in Place Advisory Board Member 2015-2016, Strategic Consultant 2016-2017

Stephanie Ramirez

AARP, Former Investing in Place Advisory Board Member 2015-2016

Mojha Rhoads, PhD

South Bay Cities Council of Governments, Former Investing in Place Advisory Board Member 2015-2016

Ryan Wiggins

AECOM, Former Investing in Place Advisory Board Member 2015-2016

Caro Vera

Fehr & Peers

Monica Gomez

MG Development Strategies

Strategic Plan

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Our vision is a City that addresses the safety and access needs of all who call Los Angeles home. We work toward this vision by supporting community organizing, helping to embed racial justice in public policy, and aligning transportation investments with community-led movements to rethink public budgets. We collaborate with organizing and efforts that center the voices of those historically cut off from influencing decisions related to public investments and exercising power over our infrastructure and public space at Metro and the City of Los Angeles.