- M.A, 2003, UCLA, Latin American Studies
- M.U.P, 2002, UCLA, Urban Planning
- Public Education Credential HS - 2004, CSUN, Social Studies
- B.A, 2000, CSUN, Urban Studies & Planning
- URBS 310 - Growth and Development of Cities
- URBS 350 – Third World Cities
- URBS 499 – Independent Studies (Urban Development)
Selected Publications and Presentations
“Development Policies: The Santo Andre Experience”, selected work published in the annual publication “Encruzilhada”,Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA, CA.
“The new regionalism theories - could one assert that the Tijuana-San Diego twin-cities fall under the description of border global city-region?” Graduate paper; Sociology/LAS Program , UCLA, CA.
“Brazilian Development Policies - Replication and Network of Technical Collaboration: The Case Study of the Programs “Participatory Budgeting”, “Favela-Bairro/Slum Upgrading”, and the “Integrated Program for Social Inclusion”. Graduate project; Urban Planning Dept, UCLA, Los Angeles.
“A holistic approach to housing development: The case study of Santo André Mais Igual Program “. Graduate paper; Urban Planning, UCLA, Los Angeles.
“Land Use and Transportation: A case study of Curitiba, Brazil”. Graduate paper, Urban Planning, UCLA, Los Angeles.
“Land Use and Transportation: The Community of Valley Village, Los Angeles, and the Proposed Bus Rapid Transit”. Graduate paper, Urban Planning, UCLA, Los Angeles.
“Teaching Social Studies for a Multicultural Audience” – Portfolio project, Credential Program, California State University Northridge, Los Angeles, CA.
“Global Engagement & International Education Exchange: A Case Study of California State University Northridge and Goiás State, Brazil”, XIII Conference of Southern California Brazilianists, UCLA, CA.
“Urban Development in Brazil: Building Partnerships with the Americas”, March 2007, Five College Network Faculty Seminar, UMass Amherst, MA
“Higher Education and Social Responsibility”, XXIV ENSEA – (National Forum for Education of Architecture and Urbanism), Catholic University of Goiás, Goiânia, BR
“Brazilian Development Policies: Gender and the Santo Andre Experience”, XXVIII Symposium of Portuguese Traditions, UCLA, CA
“Gender Implications in Development Policies: A case study of the Program Santo André Mais Igual, Brazil”, Santo Andre, BRl”, IX Conference of Southern California Brazilianists, Cal State Fullerton, CA.
“Brazilian Development Policies: The Santo Andre Experience”, XXVI Symposium of Portuguese Traditions, UCLA, CA
“The 30-year planning of Curitiba, Brazil”, Universidad Albert Einstein, Departments of Architecture and Social Sciences, San Salvador, El Salvador
“Salvadoran Reconstruction Project” & “ Community Redevelopment Project – Westlake, Los Angeles” - “EAGU”, workshop in land use and transportation, Curitiba, Brazil.
Research and Interests
Cross comparative studies of urban planning, development strategies and collaborative networks in the Americas – North, Central and South Americas * Pedagogy and teaching methodologies for students and professionals in urban planning * Sociology of Latin America: gender roles, social movements, poverty, and participatory urban planning * North American Cities: land-use and social and environmental justice
Southern California Urban Planning
Los Angeles - Land Use and Transportation – Community Development – Border Land
Regional and International Development
Housing – Transportation – General Plan – Gender/Social Movements – Education - Sustainability
Latin Americanist: El Salvador & Brazil
Principal Investigator and CSUN/UPSP Project Director. The Urban Planning and Sustainability Project – UPSP is a four-year program funded by the Fund to Improve Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE)/U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program. The UPSP entails an international partnership between California State University, Northridge and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the Federal University of Goiás (BR) and the Federal University of Uberlândia (BR). The project creates opportunities for 32 U.S. and Brazilian students and U.S. and Brazilian faculty to respectively study abroad and conduct collaborative research, and to promote and advance global citizenship among project participants.
Director of International Special Programs, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, CSUN. Work with CSBS Dean’s Office to advance technical-scientific partnerships with Brazilian higher education institutions, professional organizations, and local, state and federal government agencies. Current offers include graduate programs and workshops in political sciences, urban planning, and public administration.
Community Development Specialist, Association of Salvadorans of Los Angeles (ASOSAL). Provided in loco assistance for the Salvadoran reconstruction project in response to the two 2001 earthquakes. The project included reconstruction of 150 houses in the rural community of San Rafael Cedros, and advisory support on historic and environmental preservation, and economic development for the cities within the metropolitan San Salvador.
Sustainable City Task Force (SCTF) – Santa Monica, CA. Appointed by city council as a member for the SCTF committee, for the biennial 2004-2005. The SCTF served as an advisor body for the city council and developed strategies for the implementation of the city’s 10-years old Sustainable City Plan (SCP). Worked along with Board of Directors of Santa Monica Community College to support SCP citywide and implement sustainability practices throughout campus.
Community Development Specialist, Association of Salvadorans of Los Angeles (ASOSAL). Duties included identification, assessment and evaluation of local social-economic and demographic data for the elaboration of a strategic plan for Westlake downtown Los Angeles.
Project Management, Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles” (LACDC), Economic Redevelopment Division. Responsible for various specialized tasks supporting the success of the Willowbrook Community Redevelopment Project (WCRP) area. Involved in the development of a hundred thousand square-feet, leading edge eye care center facility, and 36-unit affordable housing project.
Independent Consultant, conduct private and public sector research on the Southern California real estate appraisal and project feasibility studies. The assignments included commercial, industrial, residential and special use properties encompassing both existing and planned developments. Public sector clients included LA-MTA, CRA-LA, and LACDC.