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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.