District 4 Staff

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Nicholas Greif | Chief of Staff

Nicholas Greif

Chief of Staff

Nicholas Greif is the Chief of Staff for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.  

Nick began his career in government as an economic adviser for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. He led the Mayor’s successful policy campaigns to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles and to reform the outdated gross receipts business tax. Additionally, Nick managed the growth strategies for the industry sectors of aerospace, bioscience, and healthcare. 

Prior to joining the City of Los Angeles, Nick worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting, the world’s largest consulting firm. As a consultant for Deloitte, he conducted process improvement and financial analysis projects for Fortune 500 clients in telecoms, banking, retail, and manufacturing.

Nick attended the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and a minor in Political Science.

Born in Los Angeles, and growing up in Council District 4, Nick loves to travel and enjoys a good board game. He lives in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Palms with his wife Cat, and has served in his own neighborhood as President of the Palms Neighborhood Council.

He can be reached by emailing nicholas.greif@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Adeena Bleich | Deputy Chief of Staff

Adeena Bleich

Deputy Chief of Staff

Adeena Bleich is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Adeena began her career as an educator and administrator at the American Jewish University. She later served as Field Deputy for Council District 5. In this capacity, she focused on helping constituents navigate City services and developed relationships with community and business organizations. She also served under former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn as a Senior Policy Analyst, in the Office of Management and Budget.

In addition, Adeena worked as a consultant for an educational non-profit called New Schools Better Neighborhoods, served as the Los Angeles Director of American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was a Senior Manager for BSC Management, and most recently served as the Regional Director for the Jefferson Awards Foundation in the Greater Los Angeles area. 

Adeena has a unique combination of association and business management, and fundraising and community relations experience. She earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University and B.A. from Pitzer College. Adeena enjoys living in the San Fernando Valley with her husband and two children. 

She can be reached by emailing adeena.bleich@lacity.org or by calling (818) 728-9924

Estevan Jose Montemayor | Deputy Chief of Staff

Estevan Jose Montemayor

Deputy Chief of Staff

Estevan Montemayor is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Estevan previously worked at NationBuilder, working with local governments on their digital outreach strategy and developing new media techniques. Prior to that, he worked on the communications and research team for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 and Virginia’s discriminatory Marriage Amendment. AFER brought together bipartisan attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, to fight for the fundamental right to marry for gay and lesbian Americans.

Estevan started his political career as a legislative aide to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. Since then, he has served in senior management positions for numerous local, state and national political and advocacy campaigns. Between 2015 and 2017, he served as a member of the Public Safety Commission in the City of West Hollywood, where he's lived for the past six years. 

He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Christopher Street West, the organization which hosts LA Pride Festival & Parade each June. He is also a Delegate to the California Democratic Party, and in 2016, he served as a Hillary Clinton Delegate to Democratic National Convention. A native of San Diego, Estevan graduated with a B.A. in Theater from UCLA.

He can be reached by emailing estevan.montemayor@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Renee Weitzer | Senior Advisor for Land Use & Development

Renee Weitzer

Senior Advisor for Land Use & Development

Renee Weitzer is the Senior Advisor for Land Use & Development for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Renee is involved in Land Use, Planning and Development issues in Council District Four and brings her strong experience in serving the communities of Council District Four in advising the office.

Renee has an unparalleled experience in planning issues specific to Council District Four. She has worked for the City of Los Angeles since 1984, first serving as an aide to Councilman Joel Wachs of the Second Council District. She has served a combined 27 years in Council District Four, first for then-Council President John Ferraro before becoming chief of planning for Ferraro's successor Tom LaBonge. She has previously worked in the office of Councilmember David Ryu from his inauguration until May 2016.

She can be reached by emailing renee.weitzer@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Nikki Ezhari | District Director

Nikki Ezhari

District Director

Nikki Ezhari is the District Director for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Nikki overseen district staff and operations for Councilmember David Ryu, and serves as Ryu’s representative to Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Franklin Canyon, and Bel Air Beverly Crest.

She previously served in a similar position in Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s office, where she represented him in Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys. Prior to that she served as a field deputy for Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

She can be reached by emailing nikki.ezhari@lacity.org or by calling (818) 728-9924.

Catherine Landers | Director for Special Projects

Catherine Landers

Director for Special Projects

Catherine Landers is Director for Special Projects for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Catherine oversees long-term projects across Council District Four and collaborates across departments to accomplish district initiatives.

Catherine has a background in environmental law and has served in senior management roles on a number of electoral and advocacy campaigns. Catherine was Councilman Ryu's community outreach director on his campaign, and recently served as an honored guest manager at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Catherine has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.

She can be reached by emailing catherine.landers@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Justin Orenstein | Director of Policy & Legislation

Justin Orenstein

Director of Policy & Legislation

Justin Orenstein is the Director of Policy & Legislation for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Prior to joining the Councilman Ryu’s office, Justin was Communications and Project Coordinator at ICON Community Development Corporation, where he oversaw the organization’s external communications, community development initiatives and grant writing efforts.

He also served as Deputy Campaign Manager with Hertzberg for Senate 2014 and Business Development Coordinator with the Office of Congressman Tony Cardenas.

Justin earned his MA in International Studies from the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University UK, and is currently completing his PhD in International Political Economy from the same.

He can be reached by emailing justin.orenstein@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Emma Howard | Director of Planning

Emma Howard

Director of Planning

Emma Howard is the Director of Planning for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District Four.

Previously, Emma has worked as a planner for the County of Los Angeles and the City of New York. As Cultural Community Associate at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, she worked to build community capacity in the neighborhood of East Brooklyn and worked on New York City's first Cultural Plan. Prior to her work in NYC she worked as a Regional Planner with the County of Los Angeles. During her 8 years with the County, she prepared land use ordinances and policy, including the Significant Ecological Areas Program, community standards districts, hillsides and ridgelines ordinances, and small business regulations.

Ms Howard has a decade of experience in public outreach, an M.A. in Community Development and Planning and is a certified Creative Placemaker. Creative Placemaking is an emerging field in using the intersections of arts and the land use planning process to achieve outcomes that enhance communities physically, socially and creatively. She has been a proud resident of Koreatown since 2008.

She can be reached by emailing emma.howard@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Paola Méndez | Planning Deputy

Paola Méndez

Planning Deputy

Paola Méndez is the Planning Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District Four.

Paola is an interdisciplinary planner, policy analyst, designer, and community engagement specialist. Prior to working for the Council Office, Paola worked in the nonprofit planning sector, where she spent four years facilitating participatory design processes to engage low-income communities on projects ranging from transportation planning to gender-inclusive urban design. Paola has also worked on community and economic development in Detroit, mapping neighborhood conditions and supporting small “good food” businesses. She believes that local knowledge and lived experience are key to solving complex, intersecting urban challenges.

Paola holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, with graduate certificates in Design & Development and Urban Humanities.

She can be reached by emailing paola.mendez@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.
Moniquea Roberson | Office Specialist/Funding Coordinator

Moniquea Roberson

Office Specialist/Funding Coordinator

Moniquea Roberson is the Scheduler, Office Specialist and Funding Coordinator for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Moniquea started her career with the City of Los Angeles in the Office of Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas from 2000 - 2003; serving in a number of administrative capacities.

She went on to work with the Office of Councilmember Bernard C. Parks for his entire tenure, from 2003 - 2015, serving as the Senior Administrative Assistant and eventually as the Executive Assistant/Administrative Manager from 2006 - 2015.

She can be reached by emailing moniquea.roberson@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Daniel Park | Community Affairs Coordinator

Daniel Park

Community Affairs Coordinator

Daniel Park is a Community Affairs Coordinator for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Daniel serves as the neighborhood advocate assisting with constituent cases and issues for the Metro South Los Angeles neighborhoods as well as Korean American community affairs.

Prior to joining the council office, Daniel worked for multiple campaigns. Ranging from State Assembly, Congress, and as Deputy Field Director for Councilmember Ryu’s campaign. Daniel was born and raised in Los Angeles.

Daniel graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Political Science. In his free time, Daniel enjoys cooking for friends, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

He can be reached by emailing daniel.park@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Mark Pampanin | Director of Communications

Mark Pampanin

Director of Communications

Mark Pampanin is the Director of Communications for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

As Director of Communications, Mark is responsible for overseeing communications strategy, responding to press inquiries, and serving as chief spokesperson for Councilmember David Ryu.

Prior to joining Councilmember Ryu's office, Mark worked on the political team for Congressman Tony Cardenas (CA-29) as well as Mayor Eric Garcetti's re-election and the Measure M campaign. Before entering government or politics, Mark worked as a journalist for various media outlets in Greater Los Angeles. 

He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science with minors in Journalism and Spanish from Chapman University. Originally from Boston, Mark has lived in Southern California since 2011, and is a proud resident of Los Angeles. 

He can be reached by emailing mark.pampanin@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Andrew Suh | Legislative Deputy

Andrew Suh

Legislative Deputy

Andrew Suh is the Legislative Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Prior to joining Councilmember Ryu’s office, Andrew worked as an academic advisor and internship coordinator for an international academic institution, where he helped students transition into college as well as employment after college. He managed the Korean-American relations in both programs as the role of a liaison in the Beverly Hills District Office. He is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A in Geography and Environmental Studies.

He can be reached by emailing andrew.suh@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Jackie D'Almeida | Legislative & Communications Aide

Jackie D'Almeida

Legislative & Communications Aide

Jackie D’Almeida is the Legislative and Communications Aide for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Jackie previously worked for the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, where she worked on program analysis relating to local transportation and housing initiatives. She also worked for the nonprofit advocacy organization Human Rights Watch in the Development & Outreach and the Children’s Rights Division, where she primarily worked on state reform to the California juvenile justice system. While attending UCLA, Jackie was a Council Aide for Council President Herb Wesson’s office, and worked for the UCLA Speech and Debate Union.

She currently volunteers with the Junior League of Los Angeles, and mentors teen girls through WriteGirl. A New England native, Jackie has called Los Angeles home for over ten years. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Anthropology, and earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA.

She can be reached by emailing jackie.dalmeida@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Rob Fisher | Field Deputy & Community Planner

Rob Fisher

Field Deputy & Community Planner

Rob Fisher is a Field Deputy & Community Planner for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District Four.

Rob serves as Ryu’s representative to the Metro South Los Angeles Area, including Mid-Wilshire, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, and Hollywood.

Rob has a background in land use, litigation and community organizing.  Most recently he served as manager of the Warner Center Association while splitting his time as a planning associate with Rossenheim and Associates in Woodland Hills.  Prior to his work in land use, Rob practiced law in areas ranging from consumer protection to criminal defense, notably serving as a deputy public defender in Orange County.  He has also worked as a community organizer on a number of local and national campaigns.

He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and earned a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Rob also holds a Masters degree in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University. He is a Santa Monica native.

Rob is the Council District contact for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and the Mid City West Community Council.

He can be reached by emailing rob.fisher@lacity.org or by calling (323) 957-6415.

 

Rachel Fox | Field Deputy

Rachel Fox

Field Deputy

Rachel Fox is a Field Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

As a Field Deputy, Rachel assists with constituent cases and handles issues for the Council District Four neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, The Hollywood Dell, Hollywoodland, The Oaks, Lake Hollywood Estates and Beachwood Canyon.

Prior to joining the Councilmember Ryu’s office, Rachel worked to support training and consulting programs for the Center for Nonprofit Management. Rachel is a proud alumni of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Summer Internship Program, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Chapman University.

Rachel is the Council District contact for the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council, the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, and the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. 

She can be reached by emailing rachel.fox@lacity.org or by calling (323) 957-6415.

Alice Roth | Field Deputy

Alice Roth

Field Deputy

Alice Roth is a Field Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Alice serves as the council representative to Toluca Lake, Van Nuys and Central Hollywood and serves the areas around Universal Studios, Campo de Cahuenga, and Forest Lawn. Alice served CD4 for over thirteen years as member of Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s staff. Prior to joining the City Hall family, she served the community as an aide to former Assemblymember Scott Wildman.

Alice is the Council District contact for the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, and the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. 

She can be reached by emailing alice.roth@lacity.org or by calling (323) 851-2121.

Madelynn Taras | Field Deputy

Madelynn Taras

Field Deputy

Madelynn Taras is a Field Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Madelynn graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California. Having studied International Relations and being fluent in both Hebrew and Spanish, Madelynn has been able to work all over the world, including Tel Aviv, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles City Hall.

Madelynn was born in the San Fernando Valley and is proud to call Los Angeles home. She is an avid foodie and enjoys exploring the City of Angels with her friends in her spare time as well as volunteering at local animal shelters.

Madelynn is the Council District contact for Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council, and the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council.

She can be reached by emailing madelynn.taras@lacity.org or by calling (323) 957-6415.

Natalie Pinedo | Case Manager & Funding Specialist

Natalie Pinedo

Case Manager & Funding Specialist

Natalie Pinedo is a Case Manager & Funding Specialist for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Natalie serves as the case manager assisting with constituent cases and issues for the areas of Laurel Canyon, Hollywood Hills, Central Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Hollywoodland, the Oaks, Beachwood, Hollywood Dell, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Greater Wilshire, and the Miracle Mile. Natalie first started with Councilmember Ryu's office as an intern and served as a Council Aide in City Hall before joining our field staff. Before joining the team full-time, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology. Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Natalie is a proud resident and happy to be back in Los Angeles City. 

She can be reached by emailing natalie.pinedo@lacity.org or by calling (323) 957-6415

 

Brad Fingard | Case Manager

Brad Fingard

Case Manager

Brad Fingard is a Case Manager for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

As a Case Manager, Brad assists with constituent cases and issues for the Sherman Oaks area. Prior to joining Councilmember Ryu’s office, Brad was a Fellow at Coro Southern California, a cross-sectoral public policy leadership program with over sixty years of service in the greater Los Angeles area. Before becoming a Coro Fellow, Brad completed the Jeremiah Fellowship through Bend the Arc Southern California. Brad is a proud graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Public Affairs and Education Studies.

He can be reached by emailing brad.fingard@lacity.org or by calling (818) 728-9924.

Steven Bautista | Case Manager

Steven Bautista

Case Manager

Steven Bautista is a Case Manager for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Steven also assists with constituent cases and issues for the Metro neighborhoods of Hollywood, Silver Lake and Los Feliz.

Prior to joining Councilmember Ryu's office, Steven worked as an intern in the office of the City Clerk and the Vehicle Parking District in Pomona City Hall. He graduated form UCSB with a B.A. in Political Science. In his free time Steven volunteers locally and spends time with his family. 

He can be reached by emailing steven.bautista@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Raymond Acevedo

Case Manager

Raymond Acevedo is a Case Manager for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

As a Case Manager, Raymond assists with constituent cases and issues for the Sherman Oaks area. Prior to joining Councilmember Ryu’s office, Raymond was a Political Consulting Intern for J&Z Strategies, an award-winning media and campaign consulting firm working on local, state, and federal campaigns across the United States. Before his time at J&Z Strategies, Raymond interned for the CHC Bold PAC, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Raymond is a proud graduate of California State University, Northridge, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science.

He can be reached by emailing raymond.acevedo@lacity.org or by calling (818) 728-9924.

Charles H. Kim

External Engagement Deputy

Charles H. Kim is an External Engagement Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Charles H. Kim has been a TV reporter, radio reporter, and news director for the past 20 years. He has worked with KTE (Now KBS America), KTAN (Affiliated with Korea Times), Tvk 24, Radio 1230 (Woori Broadcasting) as a bilingual reporter/anchor covering daily news assignments in the Los Angeles Area.
His expertise includes translation and interpretation in Korean/English and a large network within the Korean American community in LA. Since departing his journalistic career in 2018, He has been working at Shinhan Bank America as an international trade associate.

Charles was born in Korea and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1986. He attended Berendo Jr. High, Lawrence Jr. High in Chatsworth, and Grant High in Van Nuys, graduating with a BA in Economics from UC Riverside in 1995. He is married and has a two year old son.
He can be reached by emailing charles.h.kim@lacity.org.

Erin Baranko

Council Aide

Erin Baranko is a Council Aide for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Erin Baranko recently graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where she studied History and Gender & Sexuality Studies. She also spent a semester studying International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland. During her time at Claremont McKenna, Erin was involved in diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, and civil rights work. She is looking forward to assisting the residents of Los Angeles, contributing to the team, and learning along the way. In her free time, Erin enjoys yoga and strong coffee. Originally from Salt Lake City, Erin is excited to be back in Southern California.

She can be reached by emailing erin.baranko@lacity.org.