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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Dana Variano-Comisi - 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

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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

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Mary Hunter- Manager of Strategic Relations

Mary is Ciclavia's Manager of Strategic Relations. In this capacity Mary acts as the board liaison to establish and deepen CicLAvia's relationships and networks. As Manager of Strategic Relations, Mary plays a lead role in pursuing new partnerships and working towards mutual benefits that could range from funding, marketing/awareness to ultimately enhance CicLAvia's reach to multiple stakeholders. Mary spends her time off discovering new art and culture across LA, painting, hiking, and being outdoors.

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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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Alvin Nuval - Project Assistant

Alvin started out as a volunteer before jumping on board as CicLAvia's project assistant, providing support to CicLAvia staff within the office. He has a history of non-profit and community organizing work in which he engaged with diverse communities throughout Los Angeles. Alvin enjoys learning new things in all the spaces that he has been involved with and he hopes that others will be inspired to be more curious about their world as well.

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Louie Leiva - Project Assistant

Louie first started working with CicLAvia in late 2014 as a volunteer for the South LA route. Now, he provides support to the team as a project assistant and thought partner on digital media and community development. As an arts enthusiast and urbanist, Louie is interested in further exploring how people understand and relate to their natural and built environments -- and how art can be used as a powerful tool for social, cultural and political empowerment. His favorite types of music are neo-soul and hip-hop.

Production Team

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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.

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Annette Lanzarotta - Producer

Annette assists in all elements of pre-event production and day-of hub activity. She also coordinates the design and production of CicLAvia merchandise and runs the online store. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail make her an incredible asset to the CicLAvia team. She's an LA native who loves to explore the city, in addition to cooking, baking, reading, and biking.

Outreach Team

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Clarke Jay Miranda - Outreach Lead

Clarke conducts most outreach and notification needs. Besides being tasked with outreach and notification, he is a volunteer captain before and on event day, leading volunteers alongside the volunteer coordinator. Clarke is a Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley native who loves cycling, both for fun and exercise. @ClarkeMiranda

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Daniella Alcedo - Outreach Lead

Daniella attended her first Ciclavia in 2011 and fell in love with how the event transformed Los Angeles. Since then, she has been a volunteer for 4 years helping out in route notification, hub volunteer and adopted an intersection. Daniella loves to bicycle around Los Angeles County, attend concerts and is trying to get into Peruvian cooking. She is excited to join the South Gate outreach team. @DDelevens

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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.