Prior to joining CD4, Mashael worked at Los Angeles City Planning where she co-managed the Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks Community Plan Update, one of many Community Plan updates currently underway in the City of Los Angeles, and helped launch the Department's new Office of Racial Justice, Equity, and Restorative Planning. Her professional experience includes leading participatory planning workshops designed to empower groups typically excluded from local land use decisions; supporting broad-based coalitions in winning public benefits as part of large-scale development projects; and coordinating renters' rights campaigns and other housing advocacy efforts for the last decade.
Mashael is from Los Angeles and received her BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Raised by working class communities in the San Fernando Valley, her dedication to social justice comes from years of organizing alongside those on the fault lines of structural inequity and the frontlines of fighting interconnected systems of oppression. She looks forward to engaging constituents in advancing strategies to create more inclusive, affordable, connected, and opportunity-rich neighborhoods throughout the district and city.