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Yolanda Arias

Managing Attorney, East Office, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Gary Blasi

Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA, active public interest lawyer and advocate

Jan Breidenbach

Board Treasurer

Adjunct Associate Professor, Housing & Community Development, Occidental College

Juan De Lara

Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Daniel Flaming


Dan has been with the Roundtable since 1991. Before that he worked for Los Angeles County, coordinating delinquency prevention, managing community development and affordable housing programs, and administering job training and research programs. He has a Ph.D. in urban studies and has led more than 50 research projects at the Roundtable.

Ruthie Gilmore

Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Associate Director, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; Critical Resistance Organizer, California Prison Moratorium Project

John Grant

President of UFCW Local 770, member of the United Food and Commercial Workers since 1976

Betty Hung

Staff Director for the UCLA Labor Center, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Center for Labor Research and Education

Jennifer Ito

Board Chair

Research Director, USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute (ERI)

Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi

Strategic Partnerships Consultant; Board Vice Chair (on leave)

Kokayi has partnered with the Economic Roundtable since 2014. He coordinated the historic Raise the Wage Campaign that helped push the City and County of Los Angeles to pass a $15 minimum wage. Kokayi also helped draft and pass LA’s Paid Sick Days policy and a city-wide initiative to increase access to affordable housing and good jobs. As a political leader for LA Labor, he has helped elect numerous pro-worker candidates to federal, state and local office. Kokayi is an alum of UCLA and have been involved pro-worker movements ever since.

Joan Ling

Real Estate Advisor and Urban Planning Policy Analyst

Ali Modarres

Director and Professor, Urban Studies, University of Washington Tacoma

Yasmin Tong

Principal of CTY Housing, committed to creating and preserving livable communities that enable people to stabilize and grow

Abel Valenzuela

Professor of Chicano Studies and Urban Planning and Director of UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment