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Don Dwiggins is a software developer and founder and former board member of the Northridge East NC, and in that capacity served as a representative to the Aliso Health Study Community Advisory Group.  He is active on the Northridge community site of Nextdoor.com, and considers it a useful tool to improve the spirit and practice of community, which he considers essential for sustainability. He has been concerned about environmental and sustainability issues for the last two decades. 

 

 

Scott Epstein was chair of the Mid City West Community Council from 2014 to 2021. Under Scott's leadership, the council twice won the Empower LA Award: for creating a neighborhood greenway project that attracted $2.3 million from Metro Los Angeles and for revitalizing Rosewood Garden, the smallest park in LA. Scott is also the founder of the Midtown Los Angeles Homeless Coalition, which works to connect people experiencing homelessness in the midtown region to services and housing. Scott earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and currently works as a COVID-19 contact tracer at the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center.

 

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Lisa Hart is an organizational development consultant who works with organizations and communities to help them design, implement, and evaluate initiatives that leverage diversity, empower communities, and engage employees to advance the social sector and address systemic problems. She served as chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Green Committee in 2014 and 2015. She represents the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance on both the South Coast Air Quality Management District Environmental Justice Community Partnership’s Advisory Council and Inter-Agency Task Force, and is a member of the Watts Clean Air & Energy Committee.

Ernesto "Ernie" Hidalgo, our chair, was born in Hollywood and grew up as the son of immigrants in the L.A. neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Mid City during an era which included the L.A. Riots (1992) and the state's xenophobic and unconstitutional Proposition 187 (1994). These experiences inspired Ernie with the desire to make a difference through public advocacy and community economic development that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. He is grateful to have served in roles with neighborhood councils since 2003, including the Panorama City Neighborhood Council In Formation, Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council. Ernie currently serves on the L.A. Metro’s Local Service Council and LADWP's 100% Renewable Energy Advisory Group.

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Dr. Loraine Lundquist is a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Sustainability Cal State Univ., Northridge, and was a resident board member of Northridge East Neighborhood Council. She served as their resilience liaison and as a member of their sustainability committee. She received her Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley in 2006 and in 2019/2020 ran for City Council in District 12.

 

Muriel Nacar hails from the suburbs of Southern California and has worked in environmental compliance consulting in Los Angeles in the private and public sectors for the past 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in engineering degree from Purdue University. She serves as a District 5 Representative of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council and as co-chair of the Public Safety Public Works Parks and Sustainability committee. She believes that sustainability is intrinsic to a thriving community.