Andrés Cuervo is part of the leadership team of the Vice Chancellor of External Affairs at UCLA, where he serves as Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships to help oversee the planning, budget, and execution of UCLA's centennial. Andrés formerly served as Director of UCLA Tech + Innovation, an initiative to engage the tech sector, foster innovation, address inequity in the tech talent pipeline, and communicate the latest scientific breakthroughs from the university to the public in new and compelling ways. In this role, Andres coordinated collaborations and projects such as the launch of the University's first innovation portal, the UCLA Tech Talk Series, Bruin Code Summer Academy with Urban TxT, the autonomous vehicle working group, and the Luskin Automated Robot Assistant.
Prior to UCLA Tech + Innovation, Andrés managed marketing and communications for UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, where he led the rebranding of the school, as well as the launch of seven new websites, an online magazine, and a newsletter recognized by the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education. Before joining UCLA, Andres coordinated education and workforce development programs for the Riverside Chambers of Commerce, including the Small Business Resource Expo, the Business Education Partnership Council, and the Riverside College & Career Fair.
Andrés earned his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. There, he co-authored the Green Campus Action Plan, the university’s first student-led referendum to reduce campus waste and dependence on CO2. Andrés currently serves as Commissioner on the Los Angeles County's Quality and Productivity Commission and was recognized by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Empowerment Congress as one of 40 under 40 leaders in Los Angeles. He serves on the boards of Out in Tech L.A. and New Leaders Council L.A., and recently completed his two-year term as Vice President of the Palms Neighborhood Council.
RODNEY C. GIBSON, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles - Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles – M.S - Electrical Engineering
University of California, Davis, B.S. - Electrical Engineering
Other - Defense Systems Management College Course for Industry, Brookings Institute Course on Public Policy for Acquisition Professionals, Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, and Edward Deming’s Course on Total Quality Management.
MILITARY - Captain U.S. Army, serving in the U.S. and Vietnam
Consultant for Vanguard Research, working for the Missile Defense Agency
Consultant for the development and application of commercial satellites for DoD
Extensive experience with The Aerospace Corporation, retiring after 32 years as Senior Vice President of System Planning and Engineering.
- Requirement definition, planning, development, production, test, launch, and deployment of many DoD developed satellite systems
- Independent reviews and technical assessments of these satellite systems January 2011
Evelyn M. Gutierrez, Marketing Consultant, retired from the County of Los Angeles in 2003, with over 30 years of expertise in the development of public policy, program administration, fiscal management and marketing. As past Director of the Office of Workplace Programs and Marketing with the Chief Administrative Office, Ms. Gutierrez directed
Countywide Employee Programs and Administrative Policies for over 100,000 County employees. Ms. Gutierrez is Chair of the Commission’s Promotion Committee, Co-Chair of the Productivity and Quality Awards Program honoring County programs that promote enhanced productivity and quality public service. She is also a valued member of the Department Visit Committee and Strategic Foresight Group.
On April 17, 2012, Ms. Gutierrez was appointed by the Board of Supervisors, 1st District, to the Redevelopment Dissolution Oversight Board for the City of Baldwin Park. The Oversight Board has a fiduciary responsibility and analytical review role in the submission of enforceable obligations presented by the successor agency.
Ms. Gutierrez has been recognized by the National Association of Counties, the California State Association of Counties, Washington D.C.’s Public Employees Roundtable, and the County Board of Supervisor’s as an award winning Program Administrator. Additional Board memberships include the County Library Foundation, Eastmont Community Center and Los Amigos of the East Los Angeles Library. Supporting continued education, Ms. Gutierrez has established the Evelyn Gutierrez Scholarship Fund for financially disadvantaged high school students.
Ms. Gutierrez is a graduate of East Los Angeles College, with an Accounting major, attended Cal-State LA and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, majoring in Management of Human Resources, with a minor in Marketing.
HUASHA L. LIU
Ms. Huasha Liu is the Director of the Land Use and Environmental Planning at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG is the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization representing six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities with over 18 million residents.
As part of the executive management at SCAG, Ms. Liu oversees numerous activities that are key to success of regional and local planning. She oversees the compliance with pertinent federal and state laws and regulations including transportation/air quality conformity, environmental justice, affordable housing (RHNA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and climate change (AB 32 and SB 375). She oversees the Sustainability Program that fosters livable communities and healthier environment while promoting economic well-being. The Sustainability Program covers the Compass Blueprint Program, Green Region initiative, and Active Transportation. Other major activities under Ms. Liu’s responsibilities include performance monitoring, socio-economic growth forecast, development of new tools to quantify progress of the region, Local Profiles Reports for each local jurisdictions, Research and Analyses, data/GIS technical services to members, and the State of the Region Report to assess the region’s progress.
Ms. Liu has over twenty years of experience in land use, transportation, housing, and environmental planning and related fields. Ms. Liu has over ten years of management experience. Prior to joining SCAG, Ms. Liu worked for over ten years at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. In addition, Ms. Liu has substantial planning experience in China focusing on regional collaboration and public policy for economic development on the Pacific Rim.
In 2004, Ms. Liu was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to serve on the county’s Quality and Productivity Commission. The role of the commission is to advise the board, oversee policies, and support the implementation of programs that enhance the quality and productivity of County services.
Ms. Liu earned her Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Nanjing University, China. She earned her Master’s degree in Urban and Transportation Planning from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at University of Southern California.
Edward McIntyre holds two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from the School of Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School. The first twenty-plus years of his career were spent with a major energy company in the areas of engineering, finance, accounting, marketing and general management.
Following that he held financial and management positions in health care, education and services, specializing in dealing with troubled companies.
Most recently he served as President of Pedus Service, Inc., a provider of janitorial, security and food services to industry and government.
Prior to joining the Quality and Productivity Commission in 2011, Mr. McIntyre served as a member of the Economy and Efficiency Commission and was Foreman of the 2009-2010 Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury.
WILL WRIGHT, Hon. AIA|LA
Will Wright currently serves as the Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA). As Los Angeles' chief advocate for better architecture and urban design, he helps bring together design thinkers and civic leaders to solve problems and set priorities.
With more than a dozen years of experience advocating for a healthier, more beautiful and better functioning city, he is responsible for a variety of roles including connecting architects and designers with civic leaders to help shape public policy and provide critical input on project delivery methods, procurement best-practices, infrastructure investments and environmental performance.
Mr. Wright currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) as a Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee. Previously, he served as the Vice Chair of BizFed’s Planning and Land-Use Committee. In 2013, Mr. Wright became a founding Board Member of the non-profit From Lot To Spot, which helps underserved communities transform vacant lots into parks and open space. He also currently serves as a public board member of the BOMA-LA Political Action Committee.
Mr. Wright has a BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a Masters in Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.