Investing in Place is an award-winning, human-centered public policy implementation and advocacy group in Los Angeles. Investing in Place advocates for a more inclusive decision-making process and equitable resource allocation for all people, especially those most in need and dependent on public infrastructure (transportation, sidewalks, street improvements, etc.) in Los Angeles.

Founded by Jessica Meaney in 2015, Investing in Place leads and collaborates with a network of community based organizations, advocacy groups, public agencies, policymakers and individual community volunteers. One of Investing in Place’s key organizational strategies is to build a shared understanding of the City of Los Angeles’ and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)’s policy-making and budgetary processes to support inclusive decision-making efforts. A core function of Investing in Place is ensuring that public dollars and policies for roads, sidewalks, transportation, and other public infrastructure are accessible and prioritize racial justice and low-income Angelenos.

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

Madeline Brozen

UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

Advisory Emeritus

David Diaz Avelar

Active San Gabriel Valley

KeAndra Cylear Dodds

Community Development Commission

Alexis Lantz

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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.