Meet the Team
The i-team was established in the summer of 2015 as a ‘start up’ with a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of their Innovation Teams Grant Program. Our team brings together a diverse group of professionals with expertise in various subject matters who are all committed to making the City of Los Angeles work better for its residents and businesses.
DirectorAmanda Daflos brings nearly twenty years of experience in designing, planning, implementing and managing large scale public sector projects for local, state and federal government organizations as well as non-profit organizations in the US and abroad… She is passionate about civic innovation and has focused on business process transformation, organizational redesign, cost savings, change management and IT transformation with the goal of helping organizations perform at their highest capacity to best serve constituents. Her work has resulted in agencies winning awards such as the California Governor’s Social Innovation Spotlight Award and a National Association of Counties Recognition Award. Prior to joining the City, she served as a Senior Manager for Deloitte Consulting for nearly ten years and Director of Programs for an International non-profit. She has held leadership positions focused on community involvement, developing women in government and public sector education and presently serves as a Deputy to the Los Angeles Honorary Consulate General to Nepal, a role she accepted in the wake of the 2015 earthquake.
Karli brings over eight years of IT and management consulting experience working with public sector agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. She has led several projects in both strategy and implementation with a primary focus on delivery in order to help position organizations for success. She is passionate about finding better solutions for agencies, organizations, and individuals. Prior to joining the City, Karli served as a Senior Consultant for Cambria Solutions, helping the states of Washington, Colorado, and California plan, implement, and improve their health insurance marketplaces.
Project ManagerVikram is a product developer and economic development professional. Prior to joining the i-team, Vikram led the development of a signature web product for a Fortune 50 financial institution and helped build tap.in2 a sports-tech company whose signature mobile commerce product is in use with many major sports and entertainment brands across the US. As an economic development professional, he helped bring millions of dollars in financing to large-scale revitalization projects and informed the development of retail strategies across the Western states. He is a co-founder and Board Member of LURN, a Los Angeles based economic development non-profit, and a co-founder of Kite, a South African based company working to solve the challenges of monitoring and evaluation efforts in emerging market economies through product design and development.
Project ManagerAmanda is a Project Manager with experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. While completing her graduate degree in Public Administration, Amanda most recently worked for the City of San Gabriel. While there, she managed the pollworker program for their municipal election and completed special projects for the Human Resources Department and Assistant City Manager. Previously, Amanda spent four years as an Associate and Account Manager at Winner & Mandabach Campaigns, a political consulting firm that specializes in running statewide ballot measure campaigns. She worked on more than 10 successful campaigns on a wide variety of policy areas, including clean energy, funding for local services, and business taxation.
Data ScientistAlex is a Project Manager and Data Scientist who has worked in industries ranging from Television Development to Transportation. Prior to joining the i-team, Alex worked as a Project Analyst for Xerox’s Parking Citation Processing and Collections contract for the City of Los Angeles, tracking citation payments through the ticket life cycle and developing strategies to increase collection rates and overall revenue. Alex also worked on Los Angeles’ smart-parking project LA Express Park, which utilizes sensor technology to support demand-based meter rates at over 6,000 on-street parking spaces in Downtown Los Angeles.
Design Strategy Lead
Tanya Pineda serves as an Analyst within the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation. Her role focuses on Gender Equity for the City of Los Angeles while supporting the Innovation Team and Operation Innovation Team in gender-related efforts. Tanya has served as a Project Manager, Accounts Manager, and Educational Coordinator for various companies all of which have been women-owned enterprises. As a native Angeleno, she has a passion for creating sustainable change in Los Angeles and the opportunities that result from these initiatives. Through her work, she looks forward to contributing to the ongoing efforts of making Los Angeles one of the leading cities for gender equity.
Jane is a Research Fellow supporting the team with policy and observational research. Her research experiences and interests include national security policy and global affairs with a focus in counter-terrorism and law enforcement. Jane received her Masters in Public Administration and International Affairs from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and hopes to pursue a career in civic innovation and engagement to build safer communities and cities.
Lauren is a Designmatters Fellow providing the team with multidisciplinary design research, ideation and prototyping support. Before joining the i-Team, Lauren spent her early career managing nonprofit community and economic development initiatives, leading asset-building programs, and conducting research and policy advocacy at CFED. She’s currently pursuing a MFA in Media Design Practices at the Art Center College of Design.
Data Engineer FellowThao Nguyen is a Programmer and Data Engineer with an interest in government efficiency. She is a joint appointment with the Innovation Team and the Department of Cultural Affairs assisting with improvement of data work flow and data analysis/visualization. Thao recently graduated from Occidental College in May 2016 with a B.A. in Mathematics and dual minors in Computer Science and Physics.
Former Deputy DirectorJulienne is now a Senior Research Associate focused on Smart Cities for the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities located in Singapore.
Former InternJason is now an Assistant Planner with Planning Department for the City of Los Angeles.
Former Project ManagerJason is now a consultant with Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors working on innovating real estate development models.
Former Designmatters Spring Fellow
Ajay is currently completing his master’s degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Kim is now working as an Analyst for the City of Los Angeles Census Team.
Former Designmatters Summer FellowRJ is completing his MFA at Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design.