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 Smart Mobility & Climate Change department. Prior to her time at Caltrans, she had a fellowship with UCLA’s World Policy Analysis Center. She is a proud Women in Transportation (WTS) Scholarship Recipient and earned this recognition for her work on safe and equitable active transportation in the South Bay region.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Urban & Environmental Policy with a minor in Public Health from Occidental College. During her time at Oxy, she played for the Women’s Soccer Team, was an active participant of the South Asian Student Association, and served as Co-President of the Oxy Public Health Club. She went on to receive her Master of Urban & Regional Planning from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. At UCLA she served as the Community Chair for Planners of Color for Social Equity and on the Urban Planning Women of Color Collective. In her free time, you can catch Anissa enjoying the outdoors or exploring Los Angeles through cycling and walking.