We are proud to introduce a new Steering Committee for Longbeachize who will help us both deliver more content and help us program more events that happen in the real world. After our first meeting, which probably won’t be for a couple of weeks, we’ll check back in with some ways you can volunteer to help us as we grow Longbeachize.
Without further adieu, here’s our new committee (listed in alphabetical order):
- Babak Dorji – Dorji has spent the last six years in Long Beach. He has experience working in transportation and planning issues with the City of San Jose, City of Long Beach and the Downtown Long Beach Associates. He co-founded LBcycology Bike Collective, a consensus-based decision making cycling organization that performs safety and maintenance workshops, themed bike rides, and advocates for cycling safety in Long Beach. He lives a car-free, co-operative, minimalist, active and healthy lifestyle. He begins a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at UCLA in the Fall.
- Danny Gamboa – Gamboa is passionate about advocating for renewable energy, economic development, affordable healthy food access, and community building. His passion for alternative modes of transportation led him to establish Empact Long Beach. Empact’s main goals are to empower communities of color as bicycle advocates, push for equitable resources and an inclusive environment from local government, transportation, and healthcare agencies.
- Sumire Gant – Sumire Gant heads her own consulting practice specializing in sustainable transportation planning, public and government affairs, and strategic transportation funding. For more than 20 years at LA Metro and the City of Long Beach, Sumire has managed the planning, funding and outreach functions for transportation projects from inception to project delivery. She emphasizes inclusionary planning to maximize stakeholder engagement, with particular efforts to include underserved communities. Acknowledged for her efforts to make Long Beach the Most Bicyclce Friendly City in the country, she continues to focus on active transportation strategies that create safe, healthy walkable neighborhoods and provide reliable and economic mobility choices for everyone.
- Michelle Molina – Molina is managing partner of Millworks. Millworks creates socially-responsible investment, development, and property management in downtown Long Beach. She is a member of HOPA, Historic Old Pine Association, and participates in many North Pine charitable and arts projects. Additionally, she serves as president and CEO of PeacePartners™, the facilitator of PeaceBuilders© youth violence prevention program. Michelle is now a featured expert in the global news media on the News Certified Exchange in the area of bullying and violence prevention.
- Baktaash Sorkhabi – Baktaash Sorkhabi received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Business Marketing from California State University, Long Beach. He has both public & private sector experience, with work ranging from brand positioning & advertising campaigns to developing case studies for domestic as well as international cities. The Long Beach Post recognized Baktaash as a Top 40 Under 40, a distinction for individuals under 40 making positive impacts in Long Beach. His love for cities coupled with his belief that good design can change the world demonstrates Baktaash’s commitment to a better physical environment.
- Brian Ulaszewski – Ulaszewski received his Bachelors Degree of Architecture from the University of Southern California and has over a decade of experience working in the design and planning field. Brian has managed and led design efforts on award-winning urban planning studies and architecture projects and was recently recognized by the American Planning Association-Los Angeles with the John Chase Visionary Award.