695 S. Vermont Avenue, South Tower, 14th Floor, Los Angeles, CA
Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
LA County Department of Public Health
695 S. Vermont Avenue, South Tower, 14th Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
PLACE stands for Policies for Livable Active Communities and
"We may not sing like the Beatles, but we believe in crosswalks!"
Jean Armbruster, MA
Jean Armbruster, MA, is the
Director of the PLACE Program (Policies from Livable,
Active Communities and Environments) at the Los
Angeles County Department of Public Health. The
program’s mission is to foster policy change that
supports the development of safe, healthy, active
environments for all Los Angeles County residents.
PLACE makes grants and provides technical assistance to
cities and communities to promote the development of
policies such as bicycle and pedestrian master plans,
complete streets, and safe routes to schools plans. Ms.
Armbruster received her undergraduate degree from
Colorado College and her Master of Arts from California
State University, Long Beach. She loves hiking and
walking her dog in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Louisa Franco, MPH
Louisa Franco, MPH, is a policy analyst with the PLACE Program at the Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health. She specializes on the public health impact of bicycle and
pedestrian oriented policies and has a growing interest in air quality issues.
Louisa often provides
public health input on general plans, specific plans and master plans.
She received her undergraduate
degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology from UCSB and received her Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA.
She enjoys running and bicycling around town.
Gayle Haberman, MPH
Chief of Policy
Gayle Haberman, MPH, is the chief of policy with the PLACE Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to working with the PLACE Program, she developed the five-year plan for Public Health’s Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program, and worked on policies to decrease childhood obesity. Before coming to the County, Gayle worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years. Among other endeavors, she co-founded an organization that trained low-income women to establish their own business cooperatives. Gayle is forcing herself to attend a weekly pilates mat class to develop muscles her body has never seen.
Uyen Ngo, MPH, MURP
Uyen Ngo is policy analyst with the PLACE Program at the Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health. Uyen holds a BA in
Psychology from UCSD and earned her Masters' degree in
Public Health and Urban Regional Planning from UCLA. Uyen loves volunteering
as a camp counselor for the Laurel Foundation, a non-profit
organization working with children living with HIV/AIDS. She also enjoys practicing martial arts and uses any excuse to cook or bake.
Chanda Singh, MA, is a policy analyst with the PLACE Program at the
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Chanda received her Master’s degree in Urban
Planning from UCLA, and her Bachelor’s degree in
Economics and Applied Mathematics from the UC
Berkeley. Prior to joining PLACE, she worked as an
active transportation planner, helping to create
safe routes to school, bicycle, pedestrian, parking,
and transit plans. Chanda enjoys bringing
stakeholders together to support more active,
vibrant, healthy, and economically independent
communities. She is an avid community gardener and
loves exploring on foot and by bicycle.
Alexis Lantz, MA
Alexis Lantz, MA, is a policy analyst with the PLACE
Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public
Health. Previously, she was the Planning & Policy
Director at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC).
During her tenure at LACBC she conducted the first ever
citywide bicycle and pedestrian count for the City of
Los Angeles and had a hand in shaping policies in the
city and county of Los Angeles to increase funding and
infrastructure for bicycling as well as the amount and
diversity of people bicycling for everyday
transportation. She also worked to expand countywide
advocacy capacity for bikeways and complete streets
through LACBC's Regional Partnership program. Alexis
holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. While at
UCLA, she initiated a student-led course on bicycle and
pedestrian planning that continues today and authored
the report “Cycling in Los Angeles” as a Los Angeles
Sustainability Collaborative fellow.