Naomi Iwasaki is the Deputy Director of Investing in Place. She is a knowledgeable professional with direct experience translating community perspectives into real policy and projects. Driven by social justice, she is a fourth generation Angeleno with a love and deep connection to the Los Angeles region and those who call it home.
Most recently, Naomi served as Director of Neighborhood Services and Great Streets in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, overseeing eight City departments and the Great Streets Initiative, which prioritizes public resources to develop our streets as safe and vibrant public spaces. She previously worked at Community Health Councils (CHC) analyzing transportation and transit-oriented development policies to advocate for improved health and mobility access for residents of South Los Angeles. Naomi holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University and B.A.’s in Ethnic Studies and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.