Chalk and Ward Team Members

Anthony Espinoza
CASEWORKER

Anthony, a resident of the 7th District, is proud to serve as a Caseworker for the Pacoima City Hall District Office. A graduate of California State Polytechnic, Pomona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science Anthony is passionate about community outreach, public service, and growing civic engagement in his community. At CPP, Anthony was awarded…

Monica Benavides
CASEWORKER

Monica serves as a Caseworker in the Sylmar District Office, assisting constituents with their concerns and connecting them to City Services. Monica grew up in the San Fernando Valley and still resides here with her family. She graduated from Francis Polytechnic High School and attended Los Angeles Mission and Pierce Colleges. Monica’s passion is helping…

Delilah Shabazian
CASEWORKER

Delilah serves as a caseworker for the Sunland-Tujunga District Office. She builds connections with constituents in the district and helps connect them to City services. Delilah grew up within her Armenian community in Burbank, CA. She currently serves as a Media Coordinator for the Southern California Armenian Democrats and is a committee member of the…

Mayela Ochoa
CASEWORKER

Mayela serves as a Caseworker for Mission Hills and North Hills for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Mayela was born and raised in beautiful Pacoima. She is honored to serve the 7th district, the community where she lives. She loves to volunteer, especially in the MRod Volunteer Corp community cleanups and around the city. Mayela graduated with…

Cristian Tafoya
NORTH HILLS REPRESENTATIVE & HOMELESS SERVICE COORDINATOR

Cristian serves as the North Hills Representative and Homeless Service Coordinator for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Prior to working for the Councilwoman, Cristian interned for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office Of Legislative and External Affairs team. In this capacity he helped connect constituents to the appropriate city departments and staff members to assist them. Cristian also brings…

Anissa Raja
PLANNING DEPUTY

Anissa Raja serves as the Planning Deputy for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. In her past public sector advocacy and research roles, she worked within planning, policy, and public health to analyze built environment impacts on local and regional scales. Most recently, she was working in Sacramento as a Transportation Planner with Caltrans District 3 under the…

Emmanuel Solis
COMMUNICATIONS DEPUTY

Emmanuel Solis serves as a Communications Deputy for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. He is an integral part of the communications team focusing on social media and video production documenting the office’s work. Emmanuel was born and raised in Mexico. Emmanuel received his B.A. in Telecommunications and Film from California State University Los Angeles. Emmanuel can be…

Lex Olbrei
POLICY DIRECTOR

Lex serves as the Policy Director for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Lex brings 15 years of experience in labor, education, communications, and public affairs to Team MRod. She’s played various roles within the labor sector in Southern California, including positions with the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, SEIU and UNITE HERE. Prior to joining the Councilwoman’s team,…

Jose Hernandez
PUBLIC PROJECTS DEPUTY AND FIELD DEPUTY

Jose serves as the Public Projects Deputy and Sylmar Field Deputy for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Before joining the Councilwoman’s team, Jose worked as the Public Projects Deputy in Council District 14 for three and a half years. Jose attended UC Santa Barbara and double majored in Political Science and History. In his spare time Jose…

Dominique Vitti
AREA REPRESENTATIVE

Dominique serves as the Area Representative to Mission Hills and Lake View Terrace for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. She is a lifelong Seventh District resident and is excited to represent the community she grew up in. Prior to becoming an Area Representative, Dominique served as a Caseworker for the Sunland Tujunga community and Policy Communications Intern…