Naomi Iwasaki - Program Director

Naomi Iwasaki joined the Great Streets team at the start of 2016. She was born and raised in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles and, after going to school and working in the Bay Area and New York, has returned home thrilled to facilitate positive change in our streets and neighborhoods. Besides family and friends, what she missed most about LA was the Pacific Ocean, Dodger Stadium sunsets, and the city’s underrated hustle.

Carter Rubin - Program Manager

Carter Rubin was born and raised on Los Angeles’s westside. He completed his masters degree in urban planning at UCLA in 2013. When he’s not exploring Los Angeles on foot, bike and train, Carter spends time with his wife, dog and his second family, the Los Angeles Kings. His favorite thing about Los Angeles? “By the time I’ve seen everything in LA, enough will have changed that I’ll have to see it all over again.”

Lilly O’Brien - Program Manager

Lilly O’Brien-Kovari joined the Great Streets Initiative in June 2014, first as a UCLA Bohnett fellow and now as a program manager. Lilly recently graduated from UCLA with a Masters in Urban Planning, focused on economic access and mobility in low-income communities. Before coming to the Mayor’s office, Lilly worked in Detroit for then-mayoral candidate Mike Duggan and as a national fundraiser for US Senate candidates. Lilly is a proud native Detroiter and carless (not careless!) traveler.