Our Staff &
Community Leadership

We have a dedicated team that works diligently to ensure effective project implementation, oversight, and meaningful community engagement. Learn more about them here!

With an emphasis on being a community-led, collaborative organization, the Watts Rising Collaborative has a dedicated team that works together on various levels to make this program possible. The two main entities responsible for executing the administration of the grants are the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Opportunity (MOEO). Key Staff members who make up our team include:


Jenny Scanlin

Chief Development Officer

John King

Director of Community Engagement

Katrina Kubicek

Senior Project Manager

Miranda Denerson

Project Manager

Eric Washington

Community Relations Specialist

Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez

Project Coordinator

Enrique Rodriguez

Project Manager

Elizabeth Elam

Watts Rising Youth Engagement Coordinator, Administrative Intern

Treasure Sheppard

Project Manager

Michael Garcia

California Climate Action Corp Fellow- Community Engagement and Tree Dedication Program


Ivory Chambeshi

Watts Rising Director of Neighborhood Initiatives