About the ARDI Team
“It is our responsibility to create and advance an anti-racist agenda in order to enhance the lives of the children, families and communities we serve.”
– D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D.
As the inaugural Executive Director of Racial Equity for Los Angeles County, I am honored to lead the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative.
This work is at once timely and long overdue. The civil unrest across the nation, reignited in the summer of 2020, was spurred by more than just 400 years of race-based oppression. Moreover, the killing of unarmed men and women by law enforcement – people like Ezell Ford, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Atatiana Jefferson, Jacob Blake, and Andres Guardado, amongst many others – has reminded us of the many deep-rooted social injustices in our society. Although we must reckon with the need to reimagine public safety and deal with the inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I remain deeply hopeful.
In the words of bell hooks, “My hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them.” ARDI’s efforts will enhance collaboration, channel momentum, and move the County toward a unified strategic approach that involves many stakeholders such as County departments, community-based organizations and philanthropy working alongside local, state and federal agencies.
It is our responsibility to create and advance an anti-racist agenda in order to enhance the lives of the children, families and communities we serve. Success will be reflected in the elimination of long term systemic barriers that have made sure that large portions of the Black community, and other communities of color, live within the confines of concentrated disadvantage depriving communities of the opportunity to achieve self-determination and the opportunity to thrive. We all deserve to live our best lives.
I look forward to serving the County and making this road alongside you!
– D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D.
About the Team
Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza
Mathew Jackson (he/him) is a Senior Analyst on the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative within the County of Los Angeles’ Chief Executive Office. In this role, he leads a portfolio of work related to Culture and Climate within the County workforce. Mathew previously worked in the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors with the County Equity Oversight Panel. Mathew is an avid vinyl record collector, coffee lover, and he’s proud to be a “cool dad.”
Mark Minshen Lee
Mark Minshen Lee | 李明軒 (he/they/他 pronouns) is a Senior Analyst on the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative within the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office. Mark serves as the project lead for the Prevention Services Task Force and supports additional initiatives relating to child and family welfare, health, justice, and truth and racial healing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University. Mark is queer, the child of Taiwanese American immigrants, and a lifelong musician enjoying piano and vocals.
Jonathan Nomachi (he/him) is a Principal Analyst in the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office as part of the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. In this role he manages a portfolio of work focused on culture and climate, sustainability, housing and homelessness, internal policy, and strategic plan implementation. In his personal life, he appreciates spending time with his children and dedicating his remaining time bringing championships home for the Dodgers, Lakers, and Raiders!
Heather Jue Northover
Heather Jue Northover (she/her) is a Principal Analyst in the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office as part of the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. In this role she manages a portfolio of work focused on child and family welfare, health, justice, truth and racial healing, and equitable budgeting. In her personal life, she has a keen appreciation for visual and performing arts and enjoys culinary pursuits, including aspirations of making the perfect chocolate chip cookie and macaroni and cheese.
Kyle Ota (he/him) previously worked in Countywide Communications within the Chief Executive Office (CEO) where he managed press conferences for LA County’s COVID-19 response, built out public-facing County websites, and developed an internal hyperlocal/ethnic media database for County communicators. He now leads the communications efforts for the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative within the CEO. In his personal life, he enjoys food, traveling, and the great outdoors.
Cesar Sanchez (he/him) is a Senior Analyst in the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office as part of the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. In this role he manages a portfolio of work focused on equity in infrastructure. In his personal life, he enjoys playing and listening to music while learning from a variety of styles.
Elisa Serrato (she/her) has been with the Los Angeles County since 2008, providing administrative support and secretarial assistance to various departments including, Health Services, Probation, Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures, Public Health, and the Chief Executive Office. At Health Services, she graduated from the Quality Academy Program, a six-month program to create an improvement project for LAC+USC Medical Center. Her project focused on improving the work quality of program coordinators under the Department of Medicine. She is currently working as a secretary to Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza, Executive Director, Racial Equity.
TeNita Ballard (FUSE Fellow)
TeNita Ballard (she/her) is a FUSE Executive Fellow in the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office as part of the Anti- Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. In this role she spearheads the Los Angeles County’s transformative journey toward racial equity by designing and executing a strategic framework that encompasses education, training, and evaluation strategies. With a focus on establishing a comprehensive training and capacity-building plan, she collaborates with stakeholders to foster a culture and climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion across County departments. In her personal life, she is passionate about travel, delights in the art of cooking and is dedicated to empowering individuals to present their best selves.
Jenny Phan (Contractor)
Jenny Nhu Phan (she/her) is a Contractor in the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office’s Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. In this role, she supports the Racial Equity Strategic Plan as well as offers support to other team efforts. Jenny is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and hopes to give back to her community. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and wishes to utilize her skills and passions to promote equity in all aspects of life in order to create a better and healthier life for all. Jenny is a big foodie and lover of arts and culture. During her free time, Jenny can be found trying the latest food trends and restaurants, watching movies, and going to museums, as well as expanding her own creative repertoire in art, music, and photography.
Tolu M. Wuraola, JD, PhD (Contractor)
Dr. Tolu M. Wuraola is a Data Analyst for ARDI. In this role, she supports ARDI in the development of a comprehensive research and data strategy that fortifies its efforts to reduce racial disparities by overseeing and conducting both quantitative and qualitative analyses, writing research proposals and reports, supporting data dissemination and outreach efforts, recommending best practices for the data collection, reporting of race and other personally identifying characteristics, and proposing solutions to systemic barriers.
ARDI Workgroup Participants
ARDI Workgroup Participants are Focused on Four Workgroups that include:
Planning and Data Workgroup
Stakeholder Engagement Workgroup
Culture and Climate Workgroup
Narrative and Communications Workgroup
- Aging and Disabilities
- Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures
- Alliance for Health Integration
- Alternate Public Defender
- Animal Care and Control
- Arts and Culture
- Beaches and Harbors
- Chief Executive Office
- Child Support Services
- Children and Family Services
- Consumer and Business Affairs
- County Counsel
- Development Authority
- District Attorney
- Executive Office
- Fire Department
- Health Services
- Human Relations Commission
- Human Resources
- Internal Services
- Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
- Medical Examiner-Coroner
- Native American Indian Commission
- Office of the Assessor
- Parks and Recreation
- Public Defender
- Public Health
- Public Social Services
- Public Works
- Regional Planning
- Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
- Treasurer and Tax Collector
Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative
Community Input Advisory Board
Brenda Aguilera, Para Los Niños
Edward L. Anderson, LA Voice
Antoinette Andrews-Bush, First 5 LA
Tamika Butler, Tamika L. Butler Consulting
Shawntwayne Cannon, City of Lancaster
Teresa Chandler, City of Long Beach
Maisie Chin, formerly with Community Asset Development Re-defining Education
Elizabeth Cohen, Center for Strategic Partnership, County of Los Angeles
Dr. Kathryn Inez Edward, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Dr. Chandra Ford, Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health. UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Alex Furtado, County of Los Angeles Youth Commission
Kiki Ramos Gindler, Center Theatre Group
Christian Green, Cancel the Contract A.V.
Dr. Ashley Griffith, First 5 LA
Amanda Hernandez, County of Los Angeles Youth Commission
Tamu Jones, The California Endowment
Lyric Kelkar, Inclusive Action for the City
Dr. Nomsa Khalfani, Essential Access
Kelly King, Foundation for Los Angeles Community Colleges
Miguel Martinez, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Dr. Manuel Pastor, USC Equity Research Institute, USC
Kaci Patterson, Social Good Solutions
Laura Raymond, Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles
Dr. Shannon Speed, UCLA American Indian Studies Center
Dr. Matthew Trujillo, Advancement Project California