Passion for APIFM: APIFM brings a critical voice to the public health/built environment conversation that represents the diverse and differing needs of Asian Pacific Islander communities. And I love rethinking our cultural and community food and how we can encourage healthy habits without compromising who we are!

Work Affiliation: Investing in Place

Bio: Naomi joined Investing in Place in 2017,  managing the organization’s policy staff, strategic partnerships, and external communications. Previously, she served as Director of Neighborhood Services and Great Streets in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, overseeing eight City departments and the Great Streets Initiative. Before that Naomi worked at Community Health Councils (CHC) analyzing mobility policies impacting community health in South Los Angeles and the New York City Department of Transportation Bicycle Program. Naomi holds a Master’s of Urban Planning from New York University and B.A.’s in Ethnic Studies and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. She also serves on the boards of the City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Commission, LA-Más, and the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank. Her greatest joy is proudly raising two fifth-generation Angelenos in her hometown. 

Fun Fact: Naomi’s likeness as a young girl is on a mural in Little Tokyo.