Cognoscenti Coffee

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Coffee for Making LA is provided by , a multi-roaster shop with an open mind. Visit them at three locations across Los Angeles: Cognoscenti Coffee in Culver City, Proof Bakery in Atwater, and Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park. Twitter:

Mayor Aja Brown

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As the Mayor of the , Mayor Aja Brown is an experienced community development professional with over 10 years of experience working in urban communities. She has dedicated her career to initiating change in disadvantaged communities and is a strategic visionary focused on progress. Throughout her career, she has fought for transparency, collaboration and community… Read more »

Erin Cullerton

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Erin is the founder of , a boutique PR firm specializing in strategy, communications, and social engagement for the design industry. As the former deputy director of AIA San Francisco, she launched numerous community and cultural engagement initiatives, including the popular , the nation’s first month-long design festival. She has consulted on several national festivals,… Read more »

Marissa Gluck

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Marissa is Director of Huge Ideas at , where she oversees the digital agency’s industry thought leadership. Marissa became interested in Los Angeles’ architecture as she was completing her master’s thesis for The London School of Economics and USC. Thus began a love affair with LA’s buildings, sushi and sun. In her spare time, Marissa… Read more »

Haily Zaki

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A creative at heart, Haily Zaki satisfies her love for modern design by promoting great companies doing interesting things. She launched in 2008 with the specific mission of infiltrating the media in the name of good design. She is also a co-founder of the and an erstwhile contributor to Inhabitat and The Architect’s Newspaper. In her… Read more »

Alissa Walker

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Alissa writes about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications including Los Angeles Magazine, Dwell, The New York Times, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. She is the urbanism editor for and a “DJ” (design journalist) for the KCRW public radio show . In 2010 she was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts… Read more »

Deborah Murphy

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Deborah Murphy, Associate AIA, serves as an Urban Design/Planning and Grant Preparation consultant to organizations including Metro; the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Long Beach; and many nonprofits. Deborah is widely recognized for her leadership and vision in community consensus building, comprehensive city and active transportation planning, streetscape design and pedestrian safety… Read more »

Melani Smith

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As Principal and Director of ’s planning and urban design practice, Melani Smith works at regional, community and site-specific scales, engaging project stakeholders in creative ways including pop-up urbanism, visioning, multimodal complete streets, corridor, streetscape, park and open space, TOD, and First/Last Mile connectivity plans. Melani is proud to have been appointed a member of… Read more »

Kristina Wong

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is a performance artist, writer and comedian who has toured her work across the the United States, Canada and the UK. Her show “Going Green the Wong Way” earned her the honor of “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. Kristina’s work was recently featured in October in the New York Times…. Read more »