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Friday April 18, 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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Helena Jubany, President

HELENA JUBANY, PRESIDENT - Commissioner Jubany is a licensed architect both in the State of California and Brazil. In 1989, she founded her own office, Jubany Architecture, in downtown Los Angeles. She is currently the managing principal of Jubany-NAC|architecture in Los Angeles. She is very active in the community and has been a strong advocate of the urban revitalization of downtown Los Angeles.

Commissioner Jubany served as President of the Asian American Architects/Engineers Association for two years and is a current Board Member for the American Institute of Architects for the Los Angeles Chapter. Commissioner Jubany is also a Board Member of A Community of Friends (ACOF), and the Ace Mentor Program, all of which are non-profit organizations focused on housing the mentally ill homeless and the needs and mentorship of inner-city youth.

Though a native to Taiwan, Commissioner Jubany was raised in Brazil. There she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Sao Paulo. Her Master of Architecture degree is from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Commissioner Jubany worked for the City of Sao Paulo Planning Department and was involved in several urban density projects. Her commitment to and expertise in public education has resulted in several invitations by the Brazilian Ministry of Education to speak at a series of international architectural conferences. Commissioner Jubany's work in education led to her appointment at Woodbury University, Department of Architecture Consultancy Board in 1996. She teaches the 5th year Professional Practice course and various design studios.

Evangelos P. Ambatielos, Vice President EVANGELOS P. AMBATIELOS, VICE 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, Commissioner ELEANOR FELICIA BRANNON, COMMISSIONER - 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.

Victor Hugo Cuevas, Commissioner VICTOR HUGO CUEVAS, COMMISSIONER - Commissioner Cuevas is a lifelong resident of the City of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and from Cal Poly Pomona with a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Mr. Cuevas is experienced in the areas of state policymaking, community advocacy, construction management, and real-estate development and planning. He currently serves as a bilingual Communications Specialist for a reputed L.A. area communications firm.

Commissioner Cuevas is in his second commission term, and has been serving the City since July 2008. During his spare time, he enjoys volunteering for various non-profit organizations throughout the region.

Sepand Samzadeh, M.B.A., Commissioner SEPAND SAMZADEH, M.B.A., COMMISSIONER - Commissioner Samzadeh is a successful businessman with a diverse background. He was born in Iran, immigrated first to Spain, later to Canada and finally settled in the United States. He is fluent in Farsi, Spanish and English. Commissioner Samzadeh has a strong background in engineering and business. In 1999, he obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada and worked as an Engineer and Project Manager at a steel plant in Ontario, Canada. Later, Commissioner Samzadeh entered the world of business administration. He moved from Canada to Los Angeles, California, where he obtained his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University in 2003.

Commissioner Samzadeh worked as Vice President of a Recycling operation and three years later was promoted to President of the company. He is currently the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Despite his professional obligations, Commissioner Samzadeh finds time for community involvement. He is the Co-Chair of the Energy, Environment and Utilities Committee, Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA). He also sits on several boards including the VAL*Pac and the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley.

Commissioner Samzadeh is the recipient of several business awards such as the “2009 San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Top Forty under 40 Award”, the “2011 San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Family Business Awards”, “2011 Los Angeles Business Journals Fastest Growing Companies” and the “2010-2012 Incorporated 5000's America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” Awards. Commissioner Samzadeh has also received Certificates of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles, California Legislative Assembly and the State of California Senate.


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