Leadership

Abundant Housing LA is led by a steering committee of volunteers who are passionate about housing affordability and choice. Their biographies can be found below.

Leonora Camner,  Managing Director – leonora@abundanthousingla.org

Leonora leads the organization day to day, building greater support for the growing network of AHLA volunteers who help us support housing.

Leonora has been a member of Abundant Housing LA from the creation of the Steering Committee more than 2 years ago. She is a long-time advocate for more housing and more affordable housing.

Outside of Abundant Housing LA, Leonora is a mom of two girls. Previously, she was an attorney working in the non-profit sector to defend tenants from eviction. Additionally, she worked for the No on Measure LV Campaign in Santa Monica against an extreme anti-development ballot measure. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. For undergraduate studies, she attended New York University.

In her free time, Leonora enjoys gardening and cooking.


Chelsea Lee Byers, Director of Supportive and Affordable Housing – chels.byers@gmail.com

Chelsea Byers is the Chair of the Campaign to End the Statute of Limitations on Rape and Sexual Assault and a member of the 2017-2018 inaugural cohort of the Speakers Justice Bureau through the Community Justice Reform Coalition. She coordinates and facilitates creative direct action training and resource development to support 22117976_10213227800156826_782257524_omovement organizers around the globe with Beautiful Trouble and has mobilized thousands of change-makers through grassroots advocacy training and campaign development. She has organized dozens of public demonstrations for social justice, held vigil for political prisoners and whistleblowers, and earned media at the 2016 Republican National Convention for gun violence prevention advocacy. After she disrupted and ended his hateful speech during a campaign stop in Las Vegas on January 20th, 2016, Donald Trump said of Chelsea, “That’s a young woman that doesn’t know… She’s Lost… To hell with her.” In 2014, Chelsea was named ‘Proud Community Ally’ by the Northern Arizona Pride Association for her work organizing Flagstaff’s largest rally in history against discrimination legislation SB 1062. Chelsea is a contributor to the feminist blog The Engaged Gaze and a member of the National Women’s Political Caucus. In July 2017, Chelsea launched the Mural Map LA – a free resource to build community through greater accessibility to street art in Los Angeles.


Luke H. Klipp, Education Director – lukehklipp@gmail.com

Luke develops and facilitates educational content for AHLA members and allies. He also provides guidance on working with neighborhood councils and encouraging community stakeholders to get more involved locally.

By day (and some evenings), Luke is a Metro Board Deputy to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, where he ensures that the Mayor’s objectives for Metro-related items are met. He works closely with Metro staff around the Metro Blue Line, active transportation projects, and budget questions.

Luke has worked over a decade in local, state, and federal politics on a range of topics, from transportation and land use, to health care, to student loans. He’s the past President of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, a former candidate for Democratic County Central Committee, and former Chair of the New Leaders Council San Francisco chapter. Luke is grateful to be a graduate of two awesome public schools: the University of Michigan, where he got his B.A. in Music, and the University of California-Berkeley, where he got his Masters in Public Policy.

In the time he’s not working, Luke loves hanging out with his husband and their two pups at their Los Feliz home. He’s a big fan of the Los Angeles Football Club, where you can spot him and his boo taking Metro to games at Expo Park.


Stanley M Johnson

“Los Angeles is one of the most amazing places to live in the World.  We have a high concentration of highly motivated, talented, creative people.  When you add that with the laid back lifestyle, amazing weather, diversity, fun activities, diverse events (Sports, Concerts, Theater, Nightlife, Churches, Family, Hikes, Beaches, and etc.) there are not too many places in the world that rivals us.  I am truly in love with this city. 

However, there are huge threats.  Due to a mindset against  density and a dependency on the automobile, L.A. leads the country in sprawl, unaffordability, and homelessness.  L.A. problems are not unique to any city, and we have seen cities with much higher populations control these issues by building higher, building with a density mindset (particularly around public transit hubs), and zoning properly for the betterment of the overall city.   I am excited to be a volunteer at Abundant Housing as we fight against the status quo and that we fight not only just for affordable housing, that we fight not only just for homeless housing (which both are crucial to our survivor) but we fight for ALL housing as Angelenos should not be spending more than 30% of their income on housing.  Seeing an organization that fights for every person instantly attracted to me to them and I am excited to see so many people join in and get connect with us as we push the city to the right thing!  Let’s make L.A. a city for everyone to live and enjoy!”

 


Mark VallianatosPolicy Director – markvalli@gmail.com

Mark VMark coordinates media outreach and other marketing and external communication tasks.

Mark is a policy analyst, advocate and academic interested in a range of urban and environmental issues. He started his career advocating on international trade and investment rules for Friends of the Earth. After working and teaching at Occidental College for more than a decade he is launching a new urban change think tank and advocacy group to help remove barriers to the positive evolution of the LA region.

When not being a policy wonk, Mark likes exploring the LA region and spending time with his wife, daughter and son. He also enjoys uncovering the history of such building blocks of LA as single family houses and food trucks.

Mark studied political and social thought and received his law degree at the University of Virginia.


Gabe RoseMembership Director – gaberose18@gmail.com

Gabe

Gabe is responsible for defining, tracking, and growing the membership of Abundant Housing.

Gabe is a lifelong progressive and community activist. For the last eight years, he’s been a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Parent Revolution, a non-profit organization helping low-income families organize to improve their public schools. Gabe got involved with housing activism and Abundant Housing LA as he, his friends, and the families he worked with started to pay increasingly outrageous rents to live in LA, with no end in sight. Before joining Parent Revolution, he was selected for and completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in Los Angeles, a national experiential leadership-training program. Gabe is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he served as undergraduate student body president during his senior year.

Outside of Parent Revolution, he currently serves on the board of Coro Southern California, is an active volunteer in progressive political campaigns, and volunteers in support of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America.


Brent Gaisford, Fundraising Director – brentgaisford@gmail.com

BrentBrent is the chair of the board and leads fundraising efforts.

When he isn’t volunteering with Abundant Housing, Brent works as the CFO and co-founder of Treehouse Co-Living, where he helps create innovative, community-focused apartment buildings. Prior to Treehouse, Brent was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company, as well as a project manager for Bayes Impact, where he managed teams of data scientists working on non-profit projects to combat homeless, improve education, and reform criminal justice.

Brent has a long-standing passion for local politics and in 2010 he was elected to the Westwood neighborhood council and served its treasurer from 2010-2012.

In his free time, you can find Brent backpacking, skiing, or rock climbing in the mountains, or at a coffee shop working on his science fiction novel.

Brent studied Economics at UCLA.


Anthony Dedousis – Data Research Director