South Gate, CA
Marlene Salazar is a graduate student at UCLA Luskin’s Master of Urban Planning program. Marlene is passionate about investment and development in low-income communities that is driven by the residents that live in them. Her concentration in the program is Community Economic Development.
Before joining UCLA Luskin, Raisa Ma worked in the nonprofit and corporate sector in Los Angeles and New York City on program design, job development, and volunteer engagement. As an LA native, Raisa hopes to serve and build resilience in under-resourced communities, specifically by increasing access to affordable housing. Her concentration in the program is Community Economic Development and Housing.
Alexander Salgado is a third generation Mexican-American born and raised in Downey, California. After a bit of soul searching and looking for a passion he fell into the world of Urban Planning. As an urban planner he has interned and worked as a city planner and gained an appreciation for the civil government. He spends his free time working on a video project that combines media outreach and urban planning to help teach about the joys of urban history of Downey and other cities.
Born and raised in the City of Commerce in Southeast LA. I’ve worked in several areas in and around LA as a community organizer on various community based projects and initiatives. Some of my areas of interest are community economic development and accessible planning practices. I like to spend time friends and family, cook and jam out on the drums.
Los Angeles, CA
I am a queer Pinay that calls the Bay and LA home. Before attending UCLA, I learned from the youth, families, seniors and workers of the Veterans Equity Center, Pin@y Educational Partnerships, Migrante SoMa/Tenderloin and SOMA Pilipinas. My research interests include: planning pedagogy, decolonization and cultural heritage districts as a means to address displacement. Beyond that I like to spit poetry and write songs for the people.
Los Angeles, CA
Jessica Prieto was born and raised in East Los Angeles and graduated from SFSU with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning and a minor in Race and Resistance Studies. She was a researcher in the Marina Pando Social Justice Research Collaborative’s first cohort, focusing on brownfield truthing and remediation processes. Soon after she worked as a Research and Policy analyst at EYCEJ, working on building resident retention in Southeast LA. She is currently a Master of Urban and Regional Planning student at UCLA with a concentration in Community and Economic Development, and Housing concentration. She is focusing her work and research on community-driven planning and policy development in communities of color.
Van Nuys, CA
Alvin is a first-year urban planning student concentrating in design and development. He is a Double Bruin with a B.A. in Global Studies and a minor in Education Studies and he has worked and volunteered for various events throughout Los Angeles, including CicLAvia, the LA Times Festival of Books, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Los Angeles, CA
Originally from Curacao, I emigrated to the U.S. when I was four, growing up in The Bronx NY for most of my life. Living in The Bronx and seeing all of the discrepancies between the access to resources, opportunities and healthy living conditions between my neighborhood and wealthier ones was really what spurred me to go into urban planning. Helping guide cities into more sustainable and climate resilient futures is also an important goal for me, as those who are the most oppressed often have the highest vulnerability to climate change and environmental injustices. This is also a major part of why I became a part of PCSE. People of Color have historically had very little say in planning in the U.S., even as it has had long standing consequences on our health, wealth, and basic rights. PCSE allows planners of color to build a community and have a critical voice in Luskin, and I hope to help it continue to do so.
Los Angeles, CA
His major responsibilities include connecting current MURP candidates with program alumni and strengthening UCLA’s planners of color network. Prior to joining the PCSE team, Fabian worked as an education consultant and workforce development specialist in the South Bay/Harbor region. Fabian is originally from Pacoima, CA, studied in Grinnell, IA, and parallels a few with his enthusiasm for transportation policy and planning. On his spare time, he enjoys bike riding through the streets of Los Angeles, trying different different cuisines, and collecting laughs through stand-up comedy.
Before coming to UCLA, Taylor’s work was in strategic project management, community outreach and environmental justice. Her concentration in the MURP program is Community Economic Development and Housing where she hopes to gain the skills necessary to preserve and build opportunities for working families to stay in their communities through equitable economic development and affordable housing. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys reading, cooking and being an active member of the Beyhive.