Romel Pascual - Executive Director
Romel has been a key figure at CicLAvia from the start. As Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment during the administration of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, his leadership at the city helped the organization and the event gain traction within the city in CicLAvia’s fledgling years. Romel successfully merged the mayor’s vision and CicLAvia’s mission to help create what is now a city institution that transforms communities throughout the region.
Prior to being named executive director in 2015, Romel served on the CicLAvia board and was actively involved in the expansion of the organization.
Romel has a masters degree in urban planning and has a long history championing environmental, energy, sustainability and social justice issues in both the non-profit and the public sector. He was the first Assistant Secretary of Environmental Justice under former California Governor Gray Davis. He led the environmental justice program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 - Western U.S., Hawaii and the Pacific Territories. @romelpascual_la
Alex Merlino - Director of Finance
Alex oversees all financial aspects of the organization and leads development of branded merchandise. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alexandra is an entrepreneur and nonprofit executive with more than 15 years experience growing small businesses and nonprofit enterprises. She has launched and managed organizations and businesses focused on sustainability, economic development, consumer products and community. @tereskids
Rachel Burke - Director of Production
As the director of production, Rachel is in charge of implementing all the logistics before, during and after a CicLAvia event. Rachel works closely with city departments to ensure a successful and safe CicLAvia. She also works closely with the community to make sure that their input is considered and with community partners to produce programs for CicLAvia.
Tafarai Bayne - Strategist
Tafarai is a Los Angeles native with extensive experience in the following areas: communications, promotion and outreach, constituency building, stakeholder education, project management, program development, marketing, and event production. He is considered a leader in strategic planning & community organizing issues and has worked on development and urban planning issues for over 13 years with an emphasis on the dynamics impacting working class communities. He has extensive organizational development experience having served on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy during a critical executive transition and he recently served on the Board of CicLAvia, having helped spearhead expansion efforts into South Los Angeles. In 2014 he was appointed as a commissioner to the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission. Tafarai is also the founder of EMH Creative Group, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, communications and production. @tafarai
Dana Variano - Digital Manager
Dana uses new media and creative activism to encourage online and physical engagement in the CicLAvia community. She also runs CicLAvia's website, manages all digital projects, and manages CicLAvia's extensive social media platforms. Dana is a writer, videographer, director, video editor, and an ultimate frisbee fanatic. Born in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Ithaca, NY, she's spent most of her life using media to advance issues of social change. She loves skateboarding around LA and hitting the beach. @wheresmysled
Henny Alamillo - Community Resource Manager
Henny recruits, trains and manages all volunteers required for day-of and outreach efforts prior to the event. She also leads the on-the-ground outreach team in conducting notification to stakeholders along the route. Henny is a Southeast LA native and loves attending concerts, bike riding in koreatown, playing cosmic encounters with friends and making pupusas for her fellow staff members. @bellahenny
Annette Lanzarotta - Production Manager
Annette has been producing CicLAvia events since its inception in 2010. As producer, she's key in planning, logistics, strategizing, and execution of CicLAvia events and programs. Annette also manages mitigation efforts on behalf of CicLAvia for impacted areas along each route. As a native Angeleno, she's a big fan of exploration and seeing cities in new ways, and embraces her adventuring ways by walking, riding, eating, and exploring in LA on event days and every day in between.
Juan Torres - Outreach Lead
Juan first volunteered for CicLAvia in the summer of 2015, and has been hooked ever since. He is very enthusiastic about joining the team and being part of the open streets events happening all over LA region. He currently attends Cal State Northridge, and is majoring in Environmental and Occupational Health. Juan is also a Peer Health Educator for Peer Health Exchange at CSUN. He enjoys skating and riding his bike in his free time.
David Woon - Accounting Assistant
David assists the Director of Finance in fulfilling the financial duties of the organization. As an avid walker and public transit user David loves to explore neighborhoods across Los Angeles, sampling the city’s vibrant cultures through food, art, and urban design. In June 2016 he learned how to ride a bike in front of the La Kretz Innovation Campus!
Brandon Elliott - Executive & Office Assistant
Brandon's non-profit exposure first started as a youth and mentee of Street Poets, Inc. Brandon has since graduated from the program and is now an older brother and mentor in the community. Brandon's passions lie in being of service and helping society come to a healthier whole, and CicLAvia fits right in with this. Brandon was the commencement speaker for his graduating Bridge Class at Antioch University Los Angeles' graduation ceremonies in 2013. He is a Hip Hop artist and poet who uses his art to provoke transformation and change in himself and society. Brandon is a great community builder, mediator, and strategist of human relations and how to make a significant impact in somebody's life by utilizing even the smallest actions. He often does this in the least noticeable or conventional ways possible, and it's often very simple. Believing in community and seeking to build a universal protective structure for youth, Brandon is a humanitarian who has dedicated his life to helping people and humanity move forward and take steps up.