Commissioners

The City Charter established the nine-member City Planning Commission (CPC), which provides recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and Director of Planning on land use policies and proposed development projects.

Another body, the Cultural Heritage Commission, oversees the designation and protection of local landmarks. Area Planning Commissions (APCs) represent seven regions of the City: North Valley, South Valley, West Los Angeles, Central, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, and Harbor. Each APC hears a range of cases from its assigned geographic area, ranging from certain smaller-scale projects to appeals.

Each of these commissions is led by volunteer residents of the City of Los Angeles. Listed below are their names, head shots, and bios. For additional information, contact the Commission Office: irene.gonzalez@lacity.org, (213) 978-1300.

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Click here to read the rules and operating procedures that were adopted pursuant to the authority set forth in Charter Section 506 to assist the Commission in conducting City business consistent with law. For more information, contact: cpc@lacity.org.

Samantha Millman

Samantha Millman

President

Commissioner Millman is the Vice President of a privately held real estate investment firm in Los Angeles. An asset manager with broad real estate experience. Ms. Millman manages a portfolio consisting of over a million square feet of commercial and industrial real estate holdings in Southern California and works with a diverse roster of tenants. Her community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

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Vahid Khorsand

Vice-President

Commissioner Khorsand is an analyst with BWS Financial, Inc., a Woodland Hills-based equities research firm. Mr. Khorsand has served his community as a member of nonprofit boards, including the Encino Chamber of Commerce and the United Chambers of Commerce, and he is the founding chair of the United Chambers of Commerce's Inspirational Women of the San Fernando Valley. 

David Ambroz

David Ambroz

Member

Commissioner Ambroz is the Executive Director of Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility for Disney | ABC Television Group (DATG), where he is also in charge of Internal Communications. As a member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, Mr. Ambroz has led policy efforts including the Mobility Plan 2035, cannabis regulation, and environmental policy and inclusive housing legislation.

Caroline Choe

Caroline Choe

Member

Commissioner Choe is a principal in NewBridge Investments, an investment arm of a privately held company responsible for real estate investments and lending throughout California. She is a founding board member of the Harvard-Westlake Korean-American Alumni Network and a member of United Way of Greater Los Angeles' board and Community Impact Cabinet. Ms. Choe holds bachelor's degrees in Finance, Economics, and Spanish from Carnegie Mellon University, a master's in Real Estate Development from USC, and a master's in Business Administration from UCLA.    

Helen Leung

Helen Leung

Member

Commissioner Leung has extensive experience in both local and national government. She currently serves as Co-Executive Director of LA-Más, a nonprofit urban design organization that works in lower-income communities in Los Angeles. Ms. Leung holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Karen E Mack Portrait

Karen E. Mack

Member

Commissioner Mack is the founder of LA Commons, a South LA-based nonprofit implementing artistic and cultural programs that reflect the unique character of diverse neighborhoods and give residents, particularly young people, a voice and an on-ramp to making positive change across the city. Prior to her work with LA Commons, she served as a Public Service Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Vice President at Community Partners. Ms. Mack holds an MPA from Harvard University and an MBA from the John Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and she is co-chair of the national initiative, Creative Placemaking from the Community Up.

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Member

Commissioner Mitchell is an attorney and the co-founder and CEO of Retention Logic, a maker of retention and engagement software for mobile games and applications. He serves on the Brain Trust 2.0 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Stanford University Undergraduate Cabinet, and is a former member of the Board of Zoo Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Mitchell is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Veronica Padilla Campos

Veronica Padilla-Campos

Member

Commissioner Padilla-Campos is the Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful, a grassroots environmental justice organization serving the Northeast San Fernando Valley. She works to develop a community of leaders and to improve people's welfare by providing access to healthy and safer communities. Ms. Padilla-Campos holds a bachelor's degree in Geography/Environmental Studies and a master's in Urban Planning, both from UCLA. 

Dana M. Perlman

Dana M. Perlman

Member

Commissioner Perlman practices business and real estate law at Perlman & Associates, a firm he founded in 1999. He presently serves as a member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council, the Emeritus Council of the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Finance Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Perlman holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from UCLA and a doctorate in Law from USC.