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Saturday October 25, 2014
LADBS-Board of Building and Safety Commissioners

Board of Building and Safety Commissioners


Members of the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council pursuant to the Charter of the City of Los Angeles. Each Commissioner is appointed for a term of five years, and all volunteer their time to preside at weekly Board of Building and Safety Commission meetings.

Under the City Charter, the Board has the power to make and/or approve slight modifications for individual cases in the provisions of the building ordinances of the City.

The Board of Building and Safety Commissioners convenes its meetings on Tuesday at 201 North Figueroa Street, Room 900, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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Evangelos P. Ambatielos, President EVANGELOS P. AMBATIELOS, PRESIDENT - Commissioner Ambatielos was confirmed as a member of the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners in May 2006. He is a native of Southern California where he attended public school in Manhattan Beach and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California. A 25 year resident of Los Angeles, Commissioner Ambatielos is a businessman and former public school educator. He taught Spanish for 15 years at Palos Verdes High School and served as Chairman for the Department of Foreign Language. Commissioner Ambatielos is presently co-owner of two Los Angeles based businesses where he is actively involved in the management of both companies.
E. Felicia Brannon, Vice Presidentr ELEANOR FELICIA BRANNON, VICE PRESIDENT - Commissioner Brannon has worked in the field of Government and Community Relations for over 22 years in the non-profit, public, private, and academic sectors. When not using her talents as a professional, she has served as a Commissioner or volunteer for such organizations as the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; the Workforce Investment Board; Leadership California; USC School of Planning, Policy and Development Alumni Board of Directors; the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute; the Epilepsy Foundation of Los Angeles; Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles; Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce; Volunteer Center of Los Angeles; Women’s Transportation Seminar; and, the Regional Advisory Council for the Southern California Association of Governments.

Commissioner Brannon currently serves as the Executive Director of Community and Local Government Relations with UCLA. As the Executive Director, she provides leadership to UCLA's senior administrators and departments such as Capital Programs and Transportation on issues relating to planning and land use management, transportation, sustainability, and student affairs. In addition, she works to increase UCLA’s visibility in the community, and strengthen their relationships with local government, community organizations, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Community College Board, and other local stakeholders in the greater Los Angeles community.

Some of Commissioner Brannon’s workplace and volunteer accomplishments include the coordination of extensive community outreach efforts, successfully leading 16 municipal public transit agencies in the sponsorship of state legislation, and eight cities in their quest for federal earmarks. In addition, as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity—LA, Commissioner Brannon led efforts to redefine how the County of Los Angeles taxed affordable housing, which later became state law.

Commissioner Brannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University Northridge, and her Masters degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Intergovernmental Management studying in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington, DC, from the University of Southern California. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, and classic movies.

Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, Commissioner JOSELYN GEAGA-ROSENTHAL, COMMISSIONER - Commissioner Geaga-Rosenthal has been a licensed Psychotherapist at various Student Health Centers on several campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District since 2006. Prior to that, she was employed by the County of Los Angeles with several departments including Health Services, Mental Health and Children and Family Services. Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC).

In addition to her professional life, Commissioner Geaga-Rosenthal has been a community activist. She has served on the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission for 12 years and she was a founding Board member of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council. Currently, Joselyn Geaga Rosenthal serves as President of the Echo Park Library Friends. During the last decade, Commissioner Geaga-Rosenthal has participated in workshops and community discussions about sustainability and permaculture.


George hovaguimian, P.E., Commissioner GEORGE V. HOVAGUIMIAN, P.E., COMMISSIONER - Commissioner Hovaguimian is the President of Airplus Engineering Consultants, an engineering company serving Southern California for over twenty years. He has over 30 years of proven expertise in engineering, project management, business planning, construction management, field engineering, and corporate and government management both in the United States and overseas.

In 1991, Commissioner Hovaguimian took a leave of absence to work as the Assistant Minister of Energy and Fuel for the then newly independent Republic of Armenia. With a local team, he modernized and upgraded the local energy infrastructure.

Commissioner Hovaguimian is a licensed Engineer in the State of California, State of Hawaii, State of Nevada and State of Colorado.

Prior to his appointment to the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners, he served as a Commissioner with the City of Los Angeles City Planning Commission.


Janier Nunez, Commissioner JAVIER NUNEZ, COMMISSIONER - Commissioner Nunez was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended O'Melveny Elementary School, San Fernando Middle School and San Fernando High School. Commissioner Nunez also attended Los Angeles Mission College and Victory Education Training Institute. Javier Nunez has 36 years of experience in the construction industry and presides as President of the Laborers Local 300 in Los Angeles.

Commissioner Nunez is a Minister and the Board Chair of the Victory Outreach Ministries of the San Fernando Valley. He also serves as the Board Chair of Communities in Schools in the San Fernando Valley, an organization which helps at-risk youth. Javier Nunez is a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Van Nuys. He previously served as Chair of the Arleta Neighborhood Council.


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