Roxana Tynan

Executive Director

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Roxana joined LAANE in 2001 and served as Deputy Director for six years until assuming the position of Executive Director in February 2012.

Roxana has been instrumental in the expansion of LAANE’s work and impact over the past decade. She has also played a leading role in developing LAANE’s community organizing department, mentoring dozens of young organizers and creating one of the region’s most effective organizing and advocacy programs.

Prior to joining LAANE, Roxana served as economic development deputy to L.A. City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg. Roxana began her work life as an organizer for the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. A graduate of Yale, she is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives with her husband and two children in Mt. Washington.

James Elmendorf

Deputy Director

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James joined LAANE in 2003 as a Senior Policy Analyst, focusing on new developments and specializing in the hospitality industry. He has led efforts on behalf of LAANE to adopt the Century Corridor Living Wage Ordinance, the Hotel Labor Peace policy and L.A. World Airport’s shuttle driver’s policy, among others, and has worked on numerous new development campaigns to ensure that community benefits are included. He became LAANE’s Policy Director in early 2007, and in this capacity has helped coordinate policy efforts for all LAANE projects. Prior to joining LAANE, James served as executive director of Coalition L.A., community organizer with UNITE HERE and editor of Random Lengths News in San Pedro. James lives in Mount Washington with his wife Kristin and his son Toby.


Patricia Castellanos

Deputy Director

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Patricia joined LAANE in 2006 as the Director of the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports. She now serves as Deputy Director, overseeing the organization’s environmental projects. In 2013 she was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, which oversees the management and operation of the nation’s largest port.

Before coming to LAANE she served as harbor area director for the Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles where she was responsible for coordinating the Mayor’s initiatives related to the environment, economic development and goods movement in the harbor. Prior to that position, Patricia was director of policy, training and education for Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and supervised the implementation of SCOPE’s political education program.

She has worked on a variety of political campaigns and voter engagement projects. Patricia attended the Cal State Long Beach Public Policy and Administration program and has a degree in political science.