Lys Mendez is a communications professional and urban planner with expertise in public policy, ethnic media and community outreach. Most recently, she worked at Bird, an electric scooter company, where she led government relations in Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Mexico City. She has worked as a strategic communications consultant for clients such as The California Endowment, the Parks Now Coalition, Community Coalition and CicLAvia, the popular roving open-streets event in Los Angeles County. She was a communications consultant for Mayor Garcetti’s Vision Zero initiative and 100 Hours, a project to reimagine traffic solutions in Los Angeles County. She has also supported projects in the immigration space and worked as an urban planning consultant for the City of Los Angeles to launch the Plan for a Healthy LA, which provided public health guidelines for the city’s future growth and development. Prior to consulting, Lys worked for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, for the County of Riverside and as a newspaper reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise.