Steering Committee

Trauma Informed LA’s Steering Committee is a group of passionate individuals representing various fields, sectors, and communities of Los Angeles, dedicated to promoting the mission and vision of Trauma Informed LA (TILA). The purpose of the Steering Committee is to create a strategic plan that outlines the goals and objectives of the TILA, and to create an operating plan to ensure that the goals can be met in a given timeline and within the capacity of the Steering Committee.

Bianca Aaron
Bianca Aaron (she/her)
Podcast Coordinator
2021 – present
Biko Ko
Biko Ko (they/he)
Operations Coordinator
2021 – present
Brita Loeb
Brita Loeb (she/her)
Communications Coordinator
2020 – present
 
 
Jessica Borja
Jessica Borja (she/her)
Fiscal Development Coordinator
2020 – present
Luis Ramirez
Luis H. Ramirez (he/him)
Policy Co-Coordinator
2021 – present
Maya DeNola
Maya DeNola (she/her)
Marketing Coordinator
2021 – present
 
 
Ramona Merchan
Ramona Merchan (she/her/ella)
Organization Management Co-Coordinator
2020 – present
Susan Hess
Susan Hess (she/her)
Co-Founder and Podcast Co-Host
2014 – present
 
 

Master of Social Work Interns

We are honored to facilitate graduate student internships from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Sarah Johnston
Sarah Johnston (she/her)
MSW Intern
Wendy Martinez
Wendy Martinez (she/her)
MSW Intern

Advisors

Our Advisors provide support to the Steering Committee by providing education and presentations on trauma informed care, facilitating retreats, coaching through participatory decision making, and providing guidance.

Devika Shankar
Devika Shankar
Advisor
Elizabeth Eastlund
Elizabeth Eastlund (she/her)
Advisor
Gladis
Gladis Molina (she/her)
Advisor
 
 
Jennifer Parga
Jennifer Parga (she/her)
Advisor
Nkem Ndefo
Nkem Ndefo
Advisor
Suma Mathai
Suma Mathai (she/her)
Advisor
 
 

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