Rey is an Assistant Project Manager in ELACC’s Real Estate Department focusing on equitable transit oriented development. Rey was the former lead community organizer and researcher for the Metro Campaign at ELACC. Rey brings an urban planning background and multi-cultural knowledge to the team. Rey grew up in six different cities including Tokyo (Japan), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and Oslo (Norway). Having lived in cities in First and Third World countries and witnessing and experiencing the racist history of urban development, Rey’s background fit into the field of urban planning and land-use organizing. From 2011-2013, Rey supported the Metro campaign to gain a supermarket (a lost asset), protect family-owned pharmacies and businesses against a proposed Metro CVS development in Boyle Heights, as well as help establish a Community Advisory Committee for Metro’s Joint Development. Rey received a B.S. and Master’s in Planning at the University of Southern California. In 2010 Rey helped found and became vice president of the Partnership for and Equitable Los Angeles (PELA) at USC, a graduate student organization that focuses on social equity planning and policy.
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