Staff


CicLAvia’s passionate team works to open streets across Los Angeles, turning them into public parks for people to play, learn, and connect.

The CicLAvia Team

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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

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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

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Rachel Burke - Director of Production

Rachel has spent over a decade activating public space with cultural programming and events throughout Los Angeles County. In her previous job with Community Arts Resources, she produced multiple festivals and pop-ups including GLOW for the City of Santa Monica, Little Tokyo Design Week, Chinatown Summer Nights, Friday Night Concerts at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Family Weekends for the Broad Museum. As CicLAvia's Director of Production, Rachel leads all event logistics from start to finish. She works closely with the city and the local community to ensure a safe, fun and successful CicLAvia. A graduate of UC Berkeley, and a native Angeleno, Rachel is always happy to share her tips for the best spots to dine and drink around the city.
 
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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

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Annette Lanzarotta - Production Manager

Annette has been producing CicLAvia events since its inception in 2010. As producer, she's key in the 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 always trying to see new sides of her city - a typical weekend consists of walking to a restaurant in Cypress Park, biking to jazz night in Chinatown, and taking the Metro to sushi and a movie in Pasadena!

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Evanne Holloway - Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

Evanne 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. Evanne's background is in law and strategy related to location, relocation, and expansion of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She believes that little things can create big change, and is active with projects that focus on the viability of California's communities. 

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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!

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Gabriel Bang - Office Manager

Gabe is a California guy through and through, by way of Los Angeles to the Central Valley, then Northern California, and finally back to Los Angeles. His love of bikes is rooted from his days as an undergrad at UC Davis, which has the most bikes per capita in the country;but his love of open streets is rooted since his first CicLAvia in 2013. Gabe has a diverse work history, which includes education, fashion and hospitality. He also manages to play a diversified role with CicLAvia as he assists with production, outreach and social media efforts.

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Jennifer Woon - Accounting Assistant

Jennifer assists on all financial duties with the organization.  She’s a graduate of UC Riverside where she studied biology and is passionate about public health issues.  She’s an explorer of the city, where she enjoys walking and discovering LA’s urban landscape.  Her favorite place to bike or walk is Koreatown and DTLA.    

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Mateo Gil - Program Assistant

Mateo works on administrative and social media related issues in the office. He comes to CicLAvia via the Americorps Public Allies Program. He’s a native of Southern California and takes public transit almost everywhere he goes. He’s a natural community organizer who enjoys music, open mics, and reading. You can find him on his off days riding his bike along the San Gabriel River bike path, or volunteering at local non-profit organizations.