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Halil Toros

Statistical Analytics Consultant  |  (213) 892-8104  |  haliltoros@economicrt.org

Halil has collaborated with the Economic Roundtable for over 10 years, principally involved in homeless cost avoidance and studies with data linkages. He is a Senior Analytical Consultant at the SAS Institute. In the past, he taught Econometrics, Statistics and Program Evaluation while an Adjunct Professor at USC. He also formerly worked for the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Services Integration Branch on program evaluation projects, and holds Ph.D. in Political Economy & Public Policy from USC.

Seth Pickens

Seth Pickens

Director, Realization Project  |  (213) 347-9522  |  seth.pickens@economicrt.org

Seth is a counselor, educator, and minister. His undergraduate degree is from Morehouse, he has an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, and an EdD from USC. Seth served for a decade as the Senior Pastor of a congregation in South Los Angeles. He has worked to decrease stigma and promote resources around mental well-being, been an elementary school teacher, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Haiti, and, long ago, a stand-up comedian.

Ana Alvarez

Social Work Director, Realization Project  |  ana.alvarez@economicrt.org

Ana Alvarez Amaya is a passionate and knowledgeable social worker with over 15 years of experience. She has expertise in providing high quality support in the fields of mental health, child and family services, hospital care, workforce development, and early childhood education. Ana has Master and Doctor of Social Work degrees from the University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Her research interests include the complex phenomenon of mass incarceration and advancing Smart Decarceration.

Patrick Burns

Senior Researcher  |  (213) 892-8104  |  patrickburns@economicrt.org

Patrick joined the Economic Roundtable in 2002, following training in Economic Geography at Clark University, Kent State University and UCLA. He is a public policy researcher specializing in labor market dynamics, industry change and urban geography, with experience analyzing outcomes for detailed neighborhoods and groups of workers. He is also experienced in compiling, merging and analyzing very large public and confidential data sets.

Daniel Flaming

President  |  213-892-8104  |  danflaming@economicrt.org

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.

Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi

Strategic Partnerships Consultant; Board Vice Chair (on leave)  |  (213) 892-8104  |  kokayi@economicrt.org

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.