JessicaMeaney_2Jessica Meaney,  Executive Director 

Jessica Meaney is the Founder and Executive Director of Investing in Place, an organization committed to transportation investments that strengthens communities. She is a transportation advocate who has been living car free in Los Angeles for over 20 years, primarily relying on Metro buses to get around in the LA Region.  This personal experience using transit led her to work in the field in transportation policy – ultimately to create Investing in Place to address what she saw as a unmet need for an organization that prioritized the needs and focused on improving the experience (safety, reliability) of mobility for those without access to a private vehicle.  Investing in Place does this through policy research and advocacy, by a robust communications plan that provides timely information and education on pending transportation policy and investments decisions, and organization that in every step of the way works to support a network of elected officials, community organizers and leaders, public agency staff, business leaders and funders to create a collaborative and shared space for efforts improve mobility options for all throughout the Los Angeles Region – particularly in low income communities and communities of color.

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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