Our Leaders

Genoveva Arellano Principal Genoveva founded Arellano Associates in 1994 with the sole purpose of strengthening the relationships between government and communities. Twenty-five years later, she has provided expert advice to clients, built trust with stakeholders, and created a team of committed, skilled, and dedicated professionals which has become southern California's premier public outreach firm. Master in Public Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Billingual: English/Spanish
Years of Experience: 32
Chester Britt Executive Vice President Chester has first-hand experience working with clients on strategic decision-making, creative outreach applications and issue resolution. He is both analytical and compassionate in all his interactions. He is an expert in providing strategic counsel on communications programs throughout the project development process, including initial planning, environmental studies, final design, construction, mitigation monitoring, and operations. Years of Experience: 30 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and
Business Administration
University of California, Los Angeles
Melissa Holguin Senior Project Manager Melissa is an adept, caring, and skilled leader with AA. Her experiences span serving communities large and small, people who are English and non-English speaking, and those with special needs. For a range of transportation projects, she has developed a specific expertise with social media strategies. She's a client favorite and integral to the success of AA. Years of Experience: 20 Bachelor of Arts in International Business
California State University, Fullerton

Billingual: English/Spanish
Kimberly Yu Senior Project Manager As AA’s newest executive leader, Kimberly brings more than 20 years’ experience in our region’s transportation industry. Her community-oriented sensibilities and technical skills are perfectly geared toward mutually-beneficial solutions for communities and project owners. Years of Experience: 20 Master of Arts: Urban Planning
University of California, Los Angeles
Susan De Santis Senior Project Manager Susan has particular expertise in multijurisdictional projects at the regional and sub-regional levels of government that focus on integrated transportation and sustainable community planning. Her key qualifications include project management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and policy analysis. Years of Experience: 32 Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and
Executive Management Program
University of California, Los Angeles
Raul Velazquez Project Manager Raul is one of AA's early innovators, providing the company with an excellent eye for new technologies and a good understanding of urban planning and how communities change. He helps clients maximize available resources with creative outreach strategies that match local needs. Years of Experience: 15 Master of Urban and Regional Planning
University of California, Los Angeles

Bilingual: English/Spanish
Edgar Gutierrez Project Manager Edgar thrives on interactions with stakeholders and takes pride in helping them deepen their understanding of a project. He has the unique capacity to assess his projects with a complete 360-degree perspective, incorporating a wide-range of outreach techniques and considering community needs, particularly the Spanish-speaking community. Years of Experience: 13 Master of City and Regional Planning
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Billingual: English/Spanish
Stacey Falcioni Project Manager Stacey has a passion for public policy and effective communication. She helps her clients better understand diverse groups of people and their interests. With a specific background in representing elected officials and municipal government, she adds a strong local planning understanding that is vital in AA's work with government. Years of Experience: 15 Master of Public Administration
University of Southern California
William Ringland Project Manager William is a communications professional with proven experience in transportation planning, message development, inter-agency relations, stakeholder engagement, and project implementation. His particular expertise includes marketing strategies and implementation of traditional and digital marketing campaigns. Under his leadership, projects have experienced record growth in stakeholder participation. Years of Experience: 8 Master of Business Administration
University of La Verne

JC Lacey Project Manager JC takes great pride in his work to strengthen relationships and bridge the communication gap between government agencies and the local communities they serve. He also has a passion for teaching communication and leadership skills, which aligns with AA’s commitment to ongoing learning and professional development strategies. Years of Experience: 10 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Stanford University

Bilingual: English/Spanish
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Project Team

Elsa Argomaniz

Senior Project Coordinator

Jason Jackson

Senior Project Coordinator

Edna Jimenez

Senior Project Coordinator

Margaret Meadows

Senior Project Coordinator

Sohrab Mikanik

Senior Project Coordinator | Tech Lead

Celeste Milam

Senior Project Coordinator

Elisabeth Rosenson

Senior Project Coordinator

Kyle Santiago

Senior Creative Coordinator

Stephanie Espinoza

Project Coordinator

Josh Francis

Project Coordinator

David Grenier

Graphics Coordinator

Kaitlyn Norris

Project Coordinator

Thomas Reese

Project Coordinator

Kate Santanello

Project Coordinator

Yvette Ximenez

Project Coordinator

Jonathan Marin

Assistant Project Coordinator

Danielle Rodriguez

Assistant Project Coordinator

Administrative Team