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.

Amanda Daflos

Amanda Daflos

Director

Amanda 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 Stander

Karli Stander

Deputy Director

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.

Vikram Jadhav

Vikram Jadhav

Project Manager

Vikram 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.
Amanda Fowler

Amanda Fowler

Project Manager

Amanda 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.
Alex Pudlin

Alex Pudlin

Data Scientist

Alex 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.
Bora Shin

Bora Shin

Design Strategy Lead

Bora is a multidisciplinary designer who leverages design and research practices at the intersection of visual communication and technology for social change. Prior to joining the i-team, she co-founded and served as a Managing Partner for a social enterprise called verynice developing products of service with unique opportunities for social impact while managing a creative team. Her 10+ years of professional experience entails doing both business and design for non-profits, art and culture institutions, educational establishments, and small to corporate businesses. She has also developed practice-based design fellowships and volunteer programs for organizations like the UNICEF Innovation Unit and Ashoka’s Youth Venture, among other non-profits.
Tanya Pineda

Tanya Pineda

Analyst

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 Chung

Jane Chung

Research Fellow

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 Williams

Lauren Williams

Designmatters Fellow

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.

Raven Owens

Raven Owens

Research and Implementation Intern

Raven is a Research and Implementation Intern supporting the team with policy research, analysis, and implementation. She brings with her experience working in both non-profits and local government to improve local, under-served and underrepresented communities. Raven received her Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, and aims to get her Master’s in Public Policy in the near future. Her ultimate goal is to use her expertise in policy research and implementation to help create legislation and initiatives to drive progress for underserved and underrepresented communities.

Extended Network

Julienne Chen

Julienne Chen

Former Deputy Director

Julienne is now a Senior Research Associate focused on Smart Cities for the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities located in Singapore.
Jason Hernandez

Jason Hernandez

Former Intern

Jason is now an Assistant Planner with Planning Department for the City of Los Angeles.
Jason Neville

Jason Neville

Former Project Manager

Jason is now a consultant with Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors working on innovating real estate development models.
Ajay Menon

Ajay Menon

Former Designmatters Spring Fellow

Ajay is currently completing his master’s degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Kimberly Rodriguez

Kimberly Rodriguez

Former Analyst

Kim is now working as an Analyst for the City of Los Angeles Census Team.

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

Data Engineer Fellow

Thao Nguyen is currently a Data Engineer at GUESS?, Inc.

RJ Sakai

RJ Sakai

Former Designmatters Summer Fellow

RJ is completing his MFA at Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design.