The City Project Team
Founding Director and Counsel
Robert García is an attorney who engages, educates, and empowers communities to achieve equal access to public resources. He is the Executive Director, Counsel, and founder of The City Project, a non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization based in Los Angeles, California. He received the President's Award from the American Public Health Association in 2010. Hispanic Business Magazine recognized him as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States in 2008, "men and women who are changing the nation." He has extensive experience in public policy and legal advocacy, mediation, and litigation involving complex social justice, civil rights, human health, environmental, education, and criminal justice matters. He has influenced the investment of over $41 billion in underserved communities, working at the intersection of equal justice, public health and the built environment. He graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the Stanford Law Review. As reported in the New York Times, "The City Project [is] working to broaden access to parks and open space for inner city children, and . . . to fight childhood obesity by guaranteeing that . . . students get enough physical education." N. Y. Times, Nov. 12, 2007. Stanford Law School called him a "civil rights giant" and Stanford Magazine "an inspiration."
Ramya Sivasubramanian is a Staff Attorney. She previously worked as an attorney with the National Wildlife Federation, where she worked on environmental quality and environmental justice, and was an associate attorney at a private law firm in Washington, D.C. During law school she worked at the Institute for Public Representation, a legal clinic working to prevent the inequitable distribution of environmental harms and benefits. In college, she received a year-long research grant to examine the impact of small-scale renewable energy projects on community development in rural off-grid communities in the Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Nepal, Thailand, and Australia, and developed a set of best practices for such projects. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Assistant Director for Policy and Research
Seth Strongin is Assistant Director for Policy and at The City Project. Prior to joining The City Project, Mr. Strongin worked as a Senior Program Assistant for the National Academy of Sciences and as a Senior Researcher for the website ProCon.org. He has also held positions in the offices of elected officials, including California State Assemblyman Pedro Nava and Santa Barbara City Councilman Das Williams. Mr. Strongin holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at University of California Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Biology from American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Strongin is the co-author of Keeping the Baldwin Hills Clean and Green for Generations to Come, Policy Report, The City Project (2010) (with Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, Robert García and Elise Meerkatz)
Arturo Nevarez is The CIty Project's Lead Organizer. A graduate of UC Irvine with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, Arturo previously worked as a labor organizer for the SEIU. Arturo has ten years of experience serving the community in direct service, education, and awareness.
Sheb Myers is a Program Manager of The City Project. He worked with Americorps in the City Year program mentoring students from low income backgrounds in Philadelphia,where he graduated from the High School of Engineering and Science. He worked in law firm administration for over five years.
Kristina Harootun is a Program Assistant at The City Project. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a minor in Public Affairs and Public Policy. She previously worked in Guatemala at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy and the Y’abal Handicrafts women’s weaving cooperative.
Chris Burrows is an African-American attorney partner with law firm of Mahoney Perry & Burrows in Long Beach, CA. He received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law, where he was the Notes & Comments Editor of the Howard Law Journal. Chris has long worked with The City Project and is passionately dedicated to healthy, livable communities for all.
Juan Devis is a Public Media artist and producer, whose work crosses across platforms—video, film, interactive media, and gaming. His work, regardless of the medium is often produced collaboratively allowing for a greater exchange of ideas in the production of media and art. Juan is Director of New Media Production at KCET / PBS Los Angeles, in charge of all original online content and special projects, including: "Webstories: Cultural Journalism in Southern California" and the interactive documentary series, "Departures."
Tom has led a long and distinguished career of activism, politics, and writing dedicated to public service, and he remains a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through greater citizen participation.Tom is the author or editor of thirteen books, including most recently: Reunion (1988), reissued as Rebel (2002), one of the New York Times 200 best books of the year; The Lost Gospel of the Earth (1996, reissued 2006); Irish on the Inside (2001); Street Wars (2004); The Port Huron Statement (2005); and Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader (2008). Tom served in the California legislature from 1982 to 2000, first as an assemblyman and for the last eight years as a senator.
Robbie LaBelle has spearheaded Nike’s work to create new playing fields in underserved communities. He has worked with the City of Los Angeles to put Nike Grind futsal fields in the Glassell Park Rec Center and Lafayette Rec Center. He led the effort for the Nike Grind turf field at Ross Snyder Recreation Center in South L.A. Robbie graduated from UCLA, where he was captain of the nationally ranked men’s soccer team. Robbie played on the USA U-20 national soccer team. He worked with The City Project, the Anahuak Youth Association, and others to help create the Los Angeles State Historic Park at the Cornfield and El Rio de Los Angeles State Park at Taylor Yard.
Anne McEnany is Senior Advisor to the Conservation & Environment Program at the International Community Foundation. Anne has worked as an ICF consultant and staff member on a grant portfolio that sends over $1.5 million annually to local conservation organizations in Mexico and Panama for environmental and community development projects. Anne served as a development consultant with The City Project for ten years before joining the Board.
Lyndon Parker is Managing Director of the Los Angeles office of one the country's pre-eminent attorney search firms, and previously had been a Trial Attorney for the Chief Counsel of Internal Revenue, Assistant General Counsel for ARAMARK, before entering into the private sector. He is the author of the BNA Portfolio: Tax Liens: Priorities and Enforcement, is active in many community organizations, and is a former professional pianist, and is often called upon as an expert witness and consultant in matters relating to attorney compensation. Mr. Parker attended American University, New York Law School and the N.Y.U. Law School Graduate Tax Program.
Michael Rodriguez, M.D.
Michael A. Rodríguez, MD, MPH, is Professor, Vice Chair of Research and George F. Kneller Endowed Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is Director of the Multicultural Research Network on Health and Health Care and Associate Director of the UCLA Primary Care Research Fellowship.
The City Project is proud to work with our many allies including:
GreenInfo Network and Amanda Recinos on demographic analyses and GIS mapping for over nine ten years and counting . . .
UCLA Prof. Judy Baca and SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center) on, well, social and public art . . .
Anahuak Youth Sports Association on education, health and the environment . . .
Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles on social justice . . .
California LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), the nation's largest and oldest Latino civil rights organization . . .
Studio Dos ó Tres on urban design, park and public art planning, and the cultural landscape . . .
And many more . . .