For Immediate Release: February 12, 2021
LOS ANGELES-- Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman announced several key additions to her office today, including the roles of District Director, Deputy Legislative Director, Tenant Protections Specialist, Communications Manager, and Government Affairs Liaison.
Andrea Conant will spearhead the office’s work across the district, engaging in both long-range planning and day-to-day management of projects while anchoring and leading the Field Team. Ivette Serna will keep the office appraised of all items before City Council, and help shape CD4’s proactive legislative agenda going forward.
Deepika Sharma will apply her expertise in tenant protections to both constituent concerns across the district and legislative work in the Housing Committee. Isabel Naturman will support all external communications from the office, engage with media, and foster a sense of community districtwide through public events, forums, and discussions. Moniquea Roberson will manage Councilmember Raman’s schedule and bring her extensive experience in city government to the operations of the office.
“I am so impressed by our rapidly growing team,” Councilmember Raman said. “Each of our new hires brings a wealth of experience and expertise, deep passion for their work, and a commitment to serving the residents of District 4 and all of Los Angeles. Together, they are a remarkable group of people who expand the capabilities of our office and bring us to nearly full strength as a team. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.”
The names and bios for our new staff are as follows:
Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director
Andrea comes with two decades of experience spearheading grassroots outreach and engagement programs throughout Los Angeles for placemaking, permanent supportive housing, transportation planning, retail, public facilities and sustainable infrastructure. She has a track record of innovation in public engagement, pioneering the use of virtual community meetings, social media, and visual storytelling to broaden the definition of community engagement for federal, state, county and city agencies.
Andrea is a graduate of the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. She had her start in public service early in her career working for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Capitol Hill. She was raised in Westlake Village, California and is a 20-year resident of the 4th District. She lives in Miracle Mile with her husband.
Deputy Legislative Director
Ivette Serna has over six years of experience in public service at the City of Los Angeles. Her City Hall tenure began in the Office of Councilmember Gil Cedillo, followed by a four year stint with the Office of L.A. Controller Ron Galperin, where she most recently served as Deputy Director of Government Affairs. In that role, she helped advance the Controller’s policy recommendations to ensure efficiency and equity in the delivery of services to Angelenos. Outside of her policy work, she volunteers with several organizations focused on improving the humanitarian, social, and economic issues impacting individuals in Los Angeles and Latin America.
Tenant Protections Specialist
Prior to joining CD4, Deepika was the Director of Litigation for Mental Health Advocacy Services and a Senior Attorney in the Homelessness Prevention Law Project at the largest pro bono law firm, Public Counsel. Over her career as an advocate, she has represented hundreds of tenants in their individual housing cases and also worked on impact litigation aimed at ending discrimination in housing, supporting racial equity, and providing access to benefits for people with disabilities. She earned her BA and JD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Isabel joins the CD4 team with experience across communications, media, recruitment, and organizing, including with Bernie 2020, the California Working Families Party, and Complex Networks. She holds a B.A. in Culture & Media from The New School in New York, where she loved the bagels and hated the weather, and proudly hails from the Valley.
Government Affairs Liaison
Moniquea has worked for five different Los Angeles City Council offices since the year 2000, including the office Councilmembers Mark Ridley-Thomas, Bernard Parks, Gil Cedillo, and David Ryu. During her tenure, she has served as an executive assistant, an administrative manager, a funding specialist, and an office manager. She enjoys helping others to achieve their goals, and is passionate about singing and DJing.
CONTACT: Jesse Zwick