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.

Caroline Choe

Caroline Choe

Vice-President

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.    

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Helen Campbell

Member

Commissioner Campbell is a Senior Planner with the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research. She delivers guidance to state partners and local communities on planning and land use issues and coordinates on the development of related programs, policies, and legislation. She has nearly two decades of policy planning experience in the nonprofit, local, and state government sectors to advance equitable outcomes in housing, transportation, environmental justice, and community economic development efforts. She holds a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and is an AICP certified planner with the American Planning Association. Helen was born and raised in East LA and is a resident of Boyle Heights.

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Jenna Hornstock

Member

Jenna Hornstock is the Deputy Director of Planning, Special Initiatives for the Southern California Association of Governments, where she is overseeing the agency’s housing program and economic development efforts. She has spent 20 years in local government with a focus on public/private real estate transactions, affordable housing, and community and economic development, including working for LA Metro and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. She is currently on the Board of Community Health Councils, and is a former Public Director for AIA/LA.

Yvette Lopez-Ledesma

Yvette Lopez-Ledesma

Member

Commissioner Lopez-Ledesma has over 14 years of work and volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector. She serves as the Urban to Wild Assistant Director at The Wilderness Society, where she focuses on ensuring equitable access to urban parks and open space in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Albuquerque, and she chairs the San Fernando Valley Metro Service Council. Mrs. Lopez-Ledesma is a lecturer in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at her alma mater, CSUN, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies and Planning and a master's in Public Administration and Urban Planning.

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.

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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.

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.

Renee Dake Wilson

Renee Dake Wilson

Member

Renee Dake Wilson is an architect activist creating homes, institutional buildings, and communities throughout Southern California neighborhoods. She is a Principal and co-founder in 2002 of Dake Wilson Architects, a small architecture firm with an environmental focus designing single-family residences, ADUs, and commercial, civic, and institutional projects. A leader of numerous professional and civic organizations with a focus on equity and the environment, Renee seeks the open collaboration and exchange of ideas that comes from working with diverse interest groups. Renee lives in Los Feliz with her husband, three teenagers, and dogs. She is always training for some sort of running or biking event because she loves seeing L.A. from new perspectives.