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 and fields 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.
A former management consultant for Accenture, Karli has over 10 years of IT consulting experience in the public sector. She has led key strategic initiatives for over 15
Nicholas J. Matiasz
Senior Project Manager
Senior 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.
Diamond James’s practice explores the intersection of race/space/class and design in American cities. She is committed to making human-centered design much more amiable by advocating for authentic, personal and community-driven narratives around public health, policy and intractable social challenges. For the past two years, Diamond has enjoyed facilitating youth co-designs on the topics of sanctuary city immigration and underage drinking. She authored “Empowering Citizens Through Design,” a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design, and in 2018, she served as Equity Editor on Baltimore’s 2018 Sustainability Plan Update. Diamond holds a Master of Arts in Social Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a former Washington Post journalist and holds a baccalaureate journalism degree from Northwestern University.
Data ScientistBrendan is a Data Scientist with a passion for improving Los Angeles’s municipal services. Brendan works with the i-team to drive efforts around recruiting and hiring for the LAPD. He also focuses on initiatives related to housing and homelessness. Some of his work includes automating processes so that city staff can focus on high-value tasks rather than repetitive tasks. He also does intensive data analysis in order to create executive level dashboards/data visualizations/maps and creates predictive models to help stakeholders make informed decisions about the future. Prior to the i-team, Brendan worked as a Data Engineer for the AFL-CIO where he built up the organization’s technical infrastructure, improved its analytical reporting capabilities, and ensured that it had the freshest data available for campaigns.
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.
i-team’s Extended Network
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 PROJECT MANAGERJason is now a consultant with Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors working on innovating real estate development models.
FORMER PROJECT MANAGERDavid is now Senior Director of Strategy & Implementation at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools.
FORMER PROJECT MANAGER
Helen is now a Management Analyst with the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department.
FORMER PROJECT MANAGERAmanda is now the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of San Merino.
FORMER DESIGN STRATEGY LEADBora is now an Assistant Professor at ArtCenter College of Design and is also on the Advisory Council of verynice.
FORMER PROJECT MANAGERVikram is now the Chief Technology and Engagement Officer for the City of Los Angeles Office of Finance.
FORMER PROJECT MANAGER
Kiana is now the Executive Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti.