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Denny created Move LA in 2007 to bring together business, labor and environmental leaders and organizations with the goal of raising significant new funding for LA County’s transit system. This coalition helped lead the campaign for the Measure R sales tax, and proved to be a powerful force in getting Measure R on the 2008 ballot and winning its passage, with the result that LA has embarked on an ambitious build-out of its transportation system. Previously Denny served on the Santa Monica City Council, including one term as mayor, during which time he initiated the revitalization of the Third Street Promenade. He wrote much of the land use policy for Santa Monica’s downtown, emphasizing pedestrian amenities, mixed-use development, and effective transit access — before these policies became known as “smart growth.” Denny was also executive director of the Coalition for Clean Air, and began his career by founding Santa Monicans for Renters Rights in the late ’70s, a progressive community coalition that has held a city council majority in Santa Monica for 24 of the last 30 years.
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Marisa grew up near two busy freeways in a city in Southeast LA County that is heavily impacted by air pollution, and she is all too aware of the harm that our overdependence on cars has caused Southern California residents. She is asthmatic, and reducing the air pollution and traffic congestion that plagues Los Angeles by providing people with alternative transportation choices is an issue that is near and dear to her heart. Since joining the Move LA team her commitment to helping transform LA County’s transportation system has become significantly stronger, and she can’t wait to see what the future holds for communities like the one where she grew up.
Director of Policy and Communications
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Gloria has worked on issues related to transit and transit-oriented communities at the national and local levels for many years. Since joining Move LA in 2010 she has focused on climate change and reducing the need to drive by making transit, walking and biking more safe and convenient, and on the importance of funding and building affordable housing near modes of transportation other than the car. She worked on the successful campaigns for both Measures R and M, now providing $120 billion to build and operate transit in LA County. Previously she was vice president at the national nonprofit Reconnecting America, which was funded by Congress to promote best practices in transit and transit-oriented development, and where she authored many publications on these topics. She also worked on the H+T (housing and transportation) affordability index now used by HUD to prioritize housing projects for funding; and worked on an early SoCal demonstration project of the location efficient mortgage, a precursor to the H+T index.
Director of Development and Programming
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Prior to working at Move LA, Eli served on the Leadership Board of Move LA for over six years, working to bring new stakeholder groups into the coalition and working on the Measure M campaign. He joined Move LA in August 2017 to lead on fundraising, advocacy, and organizing strategy. He serves on the ClimatePlan Policy Advisory Board and as the co-chair of the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z) Transit Work Group alongside LA Metro. The TransitCenter presented Eli with their "Think Globally, Act Locally" award in 2021 for his work on the National Campaign for Transit Justice, organizing advocates across the state to meet with legislators to ask for more funding for public transit in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Eli's efforts on student transit passes won a competitive grant from the 11th Hour Project that piloted an 'any line, any time' transit card for high school students in LAUSD, which led to the countywide 'GoPass' for 1.3 million K-12 and community college students in LA County. Eli has worked with nonprofits large and small to improve donor engagement and outreach efforts, including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, AJC, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. Eli graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and the London School of Economics. He serves as President of the Los Angeles City Commission overseeing local Neighborhood Councils, the largest system to integrate grassroots democracy into local governance in the United States and is a graduate of the Coro Lead SoCal program. Eli's family of five lives in the West Adams neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles where they regularly walk, bike, and ride Metro around LA.
MOVE LA LEADERSHIP BOARD
Board President: Daniel Tabor – Former mayor of the City of Inglewood
Vice President: Victor Griego – WELL
Allan Alexander – Attorney and former mayor of Beverly Hills
Darrell Clarke – Friends 4 Expo and Sierra Club
Geoffrey Danker -Southern California Gas Company
Patrick Duan - BYD
Matthew Gaines – International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 12
David Grannis - pointC
Marlene Grossman – Move LA
Kevin Harbour - BizFed
David Jacot – Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Kat Janowicz – 3COTECH
Kokayi Kwa Jithidi – LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council
Hart Keeble – Ironworkers Local 416
Mark Kempton – Kempton Strategies
David Kersh – Carpenters/Contractor Cooperation Committee
LA County Federation of Labor
Joan Ling – Retired, former affordable housing developer and member of the board of commissioners of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of LA County
Allan Marks – Milbank
Wally Marks – Walter N. Marks Realty Inc.
Ron Miller – LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council (retired)
Rani Narula-Woods - LA Metro
Francisco Oaxaca - L.A. Care Health Plan
Francine Oschin – Valley Industry and Commerce Association
Jonathan Parfrey – Climate Resolve
Joyce Perkins – Co-Founder & Board Member, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
Sergio Rascon – LiUNA Local 300
Dan Rosenfeld – George Crenshaw Development Company
Antonio Sanchez - IBEW Local 11
Mike Schneider – Infrastrategies LLC
Tom Shrout - Former Chair, Center for Transportation Excellence
Debra Shrout - Schools on Wheels
Adam Smith- Southern California Edison
Michael Soloff - Munger Tolles & Olson, LLP
Move LA is a project of Community Partners.