I have been a homeowner in the Fox Hills area of Culver City since 2011. I’ve served on the Board of Directors in my HOA for the past seven years. I’ve volunteered for several organizations in Culver City, including the Culver City Action Network, Culver City Democratic Club, Culver City Historical Society, and the Fox Hills Neighborhood Association. In addition, I’ve served as a member of the city’s Committee on Homelessness. I’m currently enrolled in Culver City’s Civilian Police Academy and the Leadership Culver City cohort.
What experience or expertise do you have which qualifies you to serve on the GPAC?
I’m a passionate communicator with extensive knowledge in the areas of communications and marketing, recruitment, community organizing, and project management. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s degree in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University.
My work at LMU is all about creating relationships and advocacy. I will bring that type of leadership experience to the GPAC. Collaborating with key campus partners, I’ve worked to create a more cohesive and consistent enrollment experience for graduate students. As a committee member of the California Forum for Diversity in Higher Education, I brought the Diversity Forum to LMU. The one-day event hosts more than 1,800 people on campus and provides resources to first generation, low-income and students of color to pursue graduate education. I’ve also served as the Staff Senate President, which has given me valuable leadership experience in the decision-making process at the senior levels of administration.
What other resources (foreign language skill, participation in a local organization, practical skill, etc.) might you bring to enhance the quality of the General Plan process?
I’ve participated in the creation and implementation of an Implicit Bias training program at LMU. The training offers a general overview of implicit bias and strategies that can be used to mitigate it. I’m currently in the process of helping create an anti-racist group of staff and faculty members. I also serve as a minister at LMU. In this role, I support the academic, personal, and spiritual development of students. I’ve gone on more than 10 Alternative Breaks trips (domestic and international). The focus of the educational trips ranged from immigrant and refugee rights to HIV/AIDS and housing/homelessness.
In addition, I’m a member of the Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere – L.A. (AWARE-LA), a racial justice group. I’ve fundraised for the L.A. LGBT Center to raise money to end AIDS and to provide services and resources to those living with HIV. I completed Project MATCH, a program that addresses diversity needs in the Los Angeles Community College District. I’ve volunteered for Monday Night Mission, a group that provides meals for people experiencing homelessness on Skid Row. I also play a leadership role in my respective Catholic and Buddhist communities.
What motivates you to participate in the General Plan process?
The General Plan is an extremely important process for Culver City to engage in. The plan, which is essentially the constitution for the city’s future development, will serve to enhance the quality of life for Culver City’s residents now and into the future. Throughout my career, I’m taken on leadership positions to build bridges across differences, create solutions to complex problems, and advocate for the needs of all members of society. I’m excited to now use my skill set to serve on the General Plan Advisory Committee.
I look forward to hearing your ideas about what the future of Culver City needs!Email GPAC Member Puza