Environmental Affairs Commission
The Department has one advisory Commission, composed of five members selected by the Mayor who have special expertise and demonstrated capabilities in fields relating to the social, economic and environmental aspects of life in the City. The Environmental Affairs Commission meets monthly. Agendas, minutes, and bios are below.
Environmental Affairs Commission Agendas
Environmental Affairs Commission Minutes
Alina Bokde (Commission President)
Alina Bokde is the Deputy Executive Officer of the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, a California State Agency whose mission is to preserve open space and habitat in order to provide for low-impact recreation and educational uses, wildlife habitat restoration and protection, and watershed improvements within its jurisdiction. The Conservancy's territory includes 68 cities located in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and covers over 1,600 square miles. Prior to coming to the Conservancy, Alina worked with a national non-profit organization, The Trust for Public Land, to acquire and develop parks and open space in under-served areas in southwestern United States and Los Angeles. In April, 2006, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Alina to serve on the Environmental Affairs Commission. The Commission works with the Mayor, City staff, and community organizations to develop policies and programs that address pressing environmental issues such as climate change and sustainability. Alina also serves on two non-profit Boards of Directors, a state wide environmental justice organization, Communities for a Better Environment and a policy advocacy organization, Latino Urban Forum. Alina received a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico in 2000.
Joyce Perkins is co-founder and Executive Director of Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI). Created in 1994 though the office of former Mayor Richard Riordan, LANI is a private non-profit organization engaged in the economic revitalization of challenged urban neighborhoods. Currently serving twenty-one (22) diverse communities throughout the City of Los Angeles, LANI provides community consensus building, transit corridor improvements, business district revitalization, urban greening, and the development and support of community organizations.
As co-founding Executive Director, Ms. Perkins created LANI’s nationally recognized community engagement model, which promotes leadership development. Knowledgeable in land-use, transportation, and public policy, Ms. Perkins serves on several boards and commissions, and has participated in workshops and forums throughout the United States and abroad discussing the LANI model for community-driven revitalization. Ms. Perkins earned a liberal arts degree in Social Welfare with emphasis in Community Organization from San Francisco State University, and is the recipient of several community awards and commendations.
Irma R. Munoz
EnvironmentLA is pleased to announce the addition of our newest Commissioner, Ira R. Munoz. In addition to being a Commissioner for EnvironmentLA, Ms. Munoz also currently serves as the co chair to LA Green's Urban Ecosystems work group, chairs the Alianza de los Pueblos del Rio, and is a board member of Amigos de los Rios and the Southwest Voter Registration Project.
Her work history includes positions with the San Diego State University's Housing Office, a presidential Appointee with the Clinton Administration, and a senior manager with the Los Angeles-based environmental organization TreePeople. Some of her accomplishments include the naming of a highway in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the first ever AIDS organization focused on families and children of color. Her proudest achievement is the founding of an environmental equity non profit Mujeres de la Tierra - a social action community organization in Los Angeles that inspires women to take ownership and leadership of neighborhood environmental issues and challenges.
Irma Munos earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Maria Armoudian is a journalist, singer/songwriter, legislative consultant and board member of KPFK, the Pacifica Foundation, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and the Southern California Americans for Democratic Action. She worked for the California Legislature for over seven years with a specialty in the corporate reform, environmental protection, government accountability and civil rights. Her articles have been syndicated by both the New York Times Syndicate and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and she has written for Salon.com, Daily Variety, Billboard, the Progressive and Business Week among others.
Teresa Villegas provides analyses and strategic advice on legislative issues and coordinates policy agenda development for clients with State elected officials and agencies.
Prior to starting her own business, Ms. Villegas served as an Executive Fellow for the California Air Resources Board at their Sacramento headquarters. Her position was privately funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She was responsible for evaluating and providing recommendations to improve the State's Environmental Justice Program. All recommendations developed during her tenure were adopted by the Board.
Ms. Villegas also served as Legislative Director in the Capitol office for the Trust for Public Land. She also played a leading role in numerous statewide park and water initiatives. To date, these efforts have lead to the development of numerous parks, open space, and improved water quality protection for Californians.
Ms. Villegas has also served as staff to several elected officials, including United States Senator Barbara Boxer, County Supervisor Gloria Molina, and former Los Angeles City Mayor Richard Riordan. She also serves on the Citizens Oversight and Advisory Committee for Proposition O - Los Angeles City Water Bond.
Ms. Villegas serves as a Board Member for Land Trust Alliance, national land conservation nonprofit, the Planning and Conservation League a statewide environmental advocacy organization and Los Angeles Community Garden Council, a local organization for advocating for community gardens throughout urban Los Angeles River.