AFFORDABILITY, LIVABILITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Abundant Housing LA is a volunteer-driven organization, and the SteerCo is made up of our volunteer leaders. For our first years, we were an entirely run volunteer organization. Our current SteerCo members oversee some of our most important advocacy projects, including our Project Advocacy Program, which is entirely volunteer-run.
Our SteerCo members serve 6 month terms. If you are interested in becoming a pro-housing leader, let us know at email@example.com.
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.
Luke H. Klipp, Education Director
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, Social Media Director
“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!”
Tami Kagan-Abrams, Projects Director
Tami sends out Abundant Housing’s Project Support letters to city planners, city councilmembers, and neighborhood councils, and trains and advises volunteers.
After a fifteen year career in program management at Yahoo and The Walt Disney Company, Tami now focuses on strengthening Los Angeles through advocacy and volunteering. She serves on the Jewish Family Service Los Angeles Board of Directors as the Vice Chair of Programs, and sits on Council District 4’s Discretionary Funds Task Force. She believes passionately that an abundance of housing, especially more affordable housing, benefits all Los Angelenos.
Tami studied Communication Studies at UCLA for undergrad and received her Masters from the Annenberg School at USC. She enjoys reading, urban hikes, and traveling.
How can I make a difference?
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Rebecca Muli, Hearings Organizing Director
Rebecca is the Hearings Organizing Director for Abundant Housing LA, where she focuses on organizing and training volunteers for turnout for high-priority hearings, and provides opportunities for the public to consider how housing impacts every facet of life in Los Angeles.
By day, Rebecca is an Instructional Aide for Special Needs Children at Moreno Valley Unified School District. She is also a professional singer where she performs for private events, commercials, and charity concerts.
Rebecca believes in the social, economic and environmental justice imperative of the provision of more housing for everyone. In her opinion, building more housing, however, cannot be disentangled from tenant rights, the sordid history of redlining, and the continued practice of exclusionary zoning across Los Angeles — the intersectional nature of housing should be examined firstly through an equity lens and this is the perspective she brings to her role with AHLA. Her vision is for communities to come together and support housing projects at city council hearings that can positively affect the current housing crisis in Los Angeles County.
Rebecca holds a BA in Music Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills and is currently working on her Masters in Human Resources from National University.
Anthony Dedousis, Director of Research and Analysis
Anthony leads AHLA’s efforts to develop data-driven urban planning research and policy proposals. He believes that the YIMBY movement has the facts on its side, and that an analytically-grounded approach to advocacy will strengthen the case for more housing in more places.
Anthony has spent his career using data to help businesses solve problems, and he has experience in the banking, food and beverage, and tech industries. He’s currently part of the marketing team at ZipRecruiter, a fast-growing tech company in the hiring space. Anthony is originally from Long Island, New York, and is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago’s MBA program. Although he has lived all over the country, he’s proud to call LA home.
You can often find Anthony at Dodger games, pub trivia, new restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, or recording new episodes of his podcast, The Sounds of LA.
Michael Martin, General Meetings DirectorMichael is the General Meetings Director for Abundant Housing LA, where he focuses on developing events that broaden the organization’s membership and provide opportunities for the public to consider how housing impacts every facet of life in Los Angeles.By day, Michael is the Head of Communities at SignalFire, a venture capital firm, where he built and cultivates a community of artificial intelligence engineers and data scientists. He is also the Co-Founder & Director of Policy at Free Machine, a non-profit that is focused on igniting the public’s imagination around issues related to the democratic oversight and ownership of emerging technologies.Michael believes in the social, economic, and environmental justice imperative of the provision of more housing for everyone. In his opinion, building more housing, however, cannot be disentangled from tenant rights, the sordid history of redlining, and the continued practice of exclusionary zoning across Los Angeles — the intersectional nature of housing should be examined firstly through an equity lens and this is the perspective he brings to his role with AHLA.Michael holds a BA in Political Science from Pace University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of New Orleans, where he focused on reimagining civic engagement for the 21st century. He lives in Carthay Square with his wife and dog.
Stan Oklobdzija, Press Outreach DirectorStan leads AHLA’s press and media outreach strategy. Outside of his volunteer work with AHLA, he’s a Research Fellow at Claremont McKenna College. There, he teaches public policy and also conducts research on topics revolving around campaign finance and election law. Prior to academia, Stan was a reporter for the Sacramento Bee, where he covered crime and public safety. He holds a PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy and a BA in Sociology from UC Davis. He is also very aware that he has spent far too much of his life in school.For fun, Stan enjoys checking out live music around the LA region, finding new spots to eat and strolling around his neighborhood downtown imagining he’s a character in a John Fante novel.