Cultivating. Connecting. Convening.
My Professional Social Work
Projects & Interests
In June 2018, with the support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobby Cagle, I convened the first meeting of the Downey Cares Collaborative (DCC). The DCC is a public-private partnership of organizations in the City of Downey whose mission is to address the needs of children and families in the foster care system.
In April 2014, my mother-in-law Marisa Malin was killed by a vehicle crashing into the front of a restaurant. This was not a “freak” accident. According to the Storefront Safety Council , 60 times per day a vehicle crashes into the front of a commercial building, resulting in over 4000 injuries per year, and 500 killed each year in the United States. I help educate local government officials and staff on pedestrian safety issues and solutions.
The Downey Cares Collaborative (DCC)
The Downey Cares Collaborative (DCC) is a coalition of public-private organizations based in the City of Downey, California, whose mission is to identify and coordinate the resources of the community to address the needs of children and families served by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Santa Fe Springs office.
Since June 2018, the DCC has been able to 1) support prevention efforts within the community, 2) engage the local faith-based organizations to recruit foster parents, and 3) build the community’s capacity for prevention by assembling a diverse coalition of organizations across public, private, and nonprofit sectors that work together to meet the needs of children and families.
I have been working with Calpipe Security Bollards to educate local government officials, including electeds and staff, about safety solutions for pedestrians in their cities. Since the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market killings in 2003, cities have been looking for ways to protect pedestrians in public and private places. In 2019, I arranged face-to-face meetings for Calpipe with 21 cities in Los Angeles County to show them how bollards can keep their cities’ residents and visitors safe from vehicle crashes.
- Reflection on the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Riots
- Stop being so distracted!
- What does it mean to be a “change agent”: Rosa Parks
- We the People must welcome immigrants and refugees
- Using data to create social change
- Mindfulness at work
- What is our civic duty and responsibility?
- Solving homelessness is up to us
- After the mass shooting in Orlando, we must engage
- Mindful politicians?
- Change doesn’t just happen (it’s a process)
- You can’t fight city hall because you really don’t have to . . . yet
- How communities can engage with local government
Videos & Interviews
The following are peer-reviewed articles published in social work journals:
I am retired from my full-time position as Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. I am a former councilman and Mayor of the City of Artesia, California from 2007-2018, and I am a consultant for local governments (cities, counties, school districts).
From 2002-2015, I was Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. My area of practice and research expertise in civic engagement at the local level resulted in numerous academic publications and professional presentations. I continue to teach part-time at Cal State LA. He earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.
For over eleven years, I served on the Artesia City Council. As a councilman, I was active as a Regional Council Member of the Southern California Association of Governments, Policy Board Member of the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, and President of the California Contract Cities Association.
I continue to serve the community as a member on the Board of Directors of the Long Beach AIDS Food Store and as an alternate member of the Board of Directors of First 5 Los Angeles.