The Great Streets team


Ashley Stracke is the Mayor's Director of Neighborhood Services. She oversees the Great Streets Initiative as well as the policy direction of Recreation and Parks, Library, Animal Services, Cultural Affairs, Aging, Disability, El Pueblo, and the Zoo. Ashley has over ten years of experience working for the City of Los Angeles in a variety of capacities including human resources and budget/performance management. While she is a transplant from Texas, Ashley has made Los Angeles her home for the last fourteen years. During that time, she has led a Girl Scout Troop, been a docent for the Los Angeles Conservancy, and served on the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council. In her spare time, you’ll find her exploring the most unique parts of the world from the rainforests of Ecuador and the hidden flea markets of Moscow to the remote islands of Kiribati.


Wajenda manages the Great Streets Initiative in the Mayor’s Office of City Services. Before joining the Great Streets team, he worked as senior policy analyst for the Advancement Project where he served as a project manager on the RACE COUNTS initiative. He also worked for Urban Rising Group and T.R.U.S.T South LA where he served as a policy analyst and contributed to Metro’s Rail-to-River project currently in the implementation phase, and the Electric Vehicle Car-Sharing project recently launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti among other projects. Wajenda was awarded the UCLA Sustainability Grand Challenge Fellowship to serve in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Sustainability. Wajenda holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from UCLA (Go Bruins!). A transplant from Zambia and now enthusiastic Angeleno, he is also a proud husband and father of two girls. When not championing social equity policies or twirling with his daughters, he enjoys cheering on “The Gunners” (Arsenal Football Club) and LAFC.

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Aneesa coordinates the Great Streets Initiative in the Mayor’s Office of City Services. She is an LA native committed to inclusive economic development, mobility, and place-making strategies rooted in community engagement. Prior to joining the Great Streets team, Aneesa worked in economic development consulting at HR&A Advisors, where she specialized in economic development and transportation projects. Aneesa holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from Swarthmore College, where she graduated with Honors.  A daughter of Pakistani immigrants, Aneesa loves to travel to Islamabad and Lahore to visit family and eat jalebi, naan, and masala fries. When she’s not in the office, you can find Aneesa swimming in the Pacific Ocean, playing soccer, or experimenting in the kitchen.

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The Great Streets Alumni

Doane Liu - Deputy Mayor of city services (2013-2015)

naomi iwasaki - program director (2015-17)

Carter Rubin - senior program manager (2014-17)

Qiuana williams - program manager (2016-17)

Nat Gale - Program Director (2014-15)

Lilly O’Brien - Program Manager (2014-16)

ryan kurtzman - bohnett fellow (2017-2018)

stefanie dhillon - design fellow


christine nabung

Alex Jung - Intern

Alvaro Gomez - Intern

Kaitlin Scott - Intern

Justin Pascone - Intern

Shira Moch - Intern

Grace Cho - Intern

Roxana Reyes - Intern

Sarah Mercurio - Intern

Lauren Ballard - Intern

Matthew levy - Intern