JessicaMeaney_2Jessica Meaney,  Executive Director 

Jessica Meaney is the Executive Director of the non-profit Investing in Place. She is a is a committed transportation advocate who has been living intentionally car free in Los Angeles for close to 17 years.  Academically trained as a sociologist, Jessica’s approach to transportation policy began with looking at the key roles public transit, walking and bicycling play in social cohesion and community health.  Over the years her interest has grown into addressing the user experience and advocating for safe, walkable, bikeable and transit rich neighborhoods that provide dignity for the user.  Jessica’s policy approach has focused on using transportation finance research and advocacy efforts to achieve those outcomes.

Most recently, Jessica worked at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on State and Regional Transportation policy, and before that as a transportation planner at the Southern California Association of Governments.  In 2013, Jessica was awarded Advocate of the Year by Streetsblog Los Angeles. And she is proud to serve on the Board of California Walks.

In her free time Jessica loves people watching in public spaces, racking up the steps on her fitbit and watching telenovelas (with English subtitles) to work on her Spanish.

Email:   Phone: (213) 210-8136

JohnJohn Guevarra, Communications and Research Director

John Guevarra is a life-long Angeleno and an urban sustainability advocate. As a community organizer by practice, an urban planner by training, and a fundraiser by necessity, John’s specialty is to activate and empower people to advocate for safe and thriving neighborhoods. At Investing in Place, John manages the organization’s communications strategy and research efforts.

John served as Interim Executive Director for People for Parks, helping to open schools in under-resourced areas over the weekend for free and open play. Previously, John helped to manage advocacy and political campaigns as a fundraising deputy for a Congressional campaign, a campaign coordinator for a LA City Council race, and a policy analyst with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE).

In his free time, John takes pride in developing our next generation – he serves on the board of People for Parks and is in his third season as a coach for the YMCA Junior Clippers.

Email:  Phone: (310) 619-5611

amanda-mezaAmanda Meza, Advocacy and Policy Associate 

Amanda Meza is the Advocacy and Policy Associate with Investing in Place. As a former teacher and community organizer at heart, Amanda is deeply rooted in a vision of engagement at the local and state level to create the systemic change necessary for stronger communities.

Amanda has worked in the California legislature focusing on environmental justice legislation like AB 2153 that resulted in the largest continuous source of funding for the clean-up of Exide in Southeast Los Angeles. Previously, Amanda organized parents around issues regarding clean streets, more jobs, and a higher minimum wage. In this role, she was able to engage over 1,800 parents at the Los Angeles Convention Center to rally behind a unified agenda before elected officials and community leaders.

In her free time, Amanda serves on the regional strategy team for Angelenos Organizing for Education (AO4E), a coalition of teachers, parents, and students focused on creating education equity here in Los Angeles. Her most favorite thing, though, are long walks with her baby pitbull Blue and fiancé Gene.

Email:  Phone: (708) 646-4533

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