Dwayne Wyatt, APA
Dwayne is a planner with the City of Los Angeles Planning Department and is a founding member of the Planning Department’s South Central/Southeast Task Force. A group within the Planning Department which works to sensitize planning staff on issues within low-income communities. Dwayne serves on the adhoc Organization Relation Committee of the American Planning Association/Planning and the Black Division, active in under-served communities in South Los Angeles. He holds an MA degree from in Urban Planning from UCLA.  Dwayne expressed an early interest in cooperatives while he was still in graduate school.  He came onto the CRSP board in the early 1990s.  Dwayne lives in Mt. Washington.


Gideon Susman is an associate at BuroHappold Engineering with eleven years of experience on projects involving sustainable strategy development and design for all built environment scales with a particular emphasis on master planning and carbon reduction.

His responsibilities include design and project team leadership, building and campus modeling, and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.

Gideon holds an engineering doctorate (EngD) in Environmental Technology and is active in the creation and management of collaborative research studies with universities.

He has supervised a large number of master’s research projects and two EngDs on ‘novel retrofit technologies incorporating silica aerogel for lower energy buildings’ and ‘post-occupancy evaluation of decentralized energy systems’. Gideon regularly contributes to industry and academic forums and lectures at University of Southern California.  He is leading the four person BuroHappold engineering team working on the redevelopment of Songs on the northern boundary of L.A. Eco-Village.


David Somers

David Somers works for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning as a Mobility Planner and is generally interestedDavid Sommers in policies that reduce the City’s transportation-related carbon footprint. A resident of Los Angeles since 2006, he moved to the City straight out of urban planning graduate school in Ann Arbor, Michigan on his wife’s urging to move to another challenging City, but with nicer weather. While in Michigan, he also worked on a youth-lead watershed restoration project and community-based economic development in Detroit. He lives in Mt. Washington where you see him on the Gold Line, or on his bicycle commute into City Hall, or walking his dog Neela. He lives there with his wife and fellow CRSP Board Member, Priya.


Ian McIlvaine, AIA
CRSP Board President

Ian  received his BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia, and lived and worked in Taiwan before entering UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He received his M-Arch in 1993. He worked with Pizzinini-Luxembourg before leaving to form Tierra Sol y Mar with architects Aidan Bird and Victoria Yust (whom he later married). Fascinated by natural building technologies, Ian has worked on rammed earth, adobe and straw bale structures. Following the Malibu fires, he organized a conference for the City of Malibu called “From Ashes and Quakes to Opportunity”. He is a co-founder of the Los Angeles Eco-Village, and continues as a board member of CRSP. He is also a past board member and president of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Ian grew up in Guinea and Kenya, and speaks French, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin). He is a licensed architect in the state of California. He is an avid bicyclist and lived in Los Angeles Eco-Village from 1995 to 1997. He has been the architectural adviser on all of the LAEV building retrofits. He also provided the pivotal architectural support for saving the northeast corner lot at Bimini and White House Place for a multi-school learning garden instead of an LAUSD parking lot in LAEV.


Priya Mehendale
Priya Mehendale is a City Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning where she works on long-range policy, including priya_photo-1Community Plans. Priya completed a Permaculture Design Certificate, and has a keen interest in watershed restoration and food security. A resident of Los Angeles since 2006, she relocated to the City from Southeast Michigan, where she was intrigued by the City’s many challenges and opportunities. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and a Masters in Urban Planning, both from the University of Michigan. Priya and her husband and fellow planner, David, have been CRSP board members since 2015.


Jesse MoormanJesse Moorman, Esq.
Jesse completed his undergraduate work at the University of Texas with a major in biology. Settling in Southern California in the mid 1980s, he was amazed to see homeless people sleeping on the street, a phenomenon that had startled him on his first trip to India in 1975. Graduating from Southwestern Law School in 1987, he began working on environmental cases, but ended up doing primarily immigration law. Notable among various public-interest pursuits, Jesse has worked on the Sierra Club legal committee, was editor of the Los Angeles Audubon Society monthly newsletter, served on the board of Southern California SANE/Freeze, and was an active organizer of the California Green Party eventually running for Congress on the Green ticket.   In 1996 he became one of the first intentional community members to move into CRSP’s then recently acquired 40 unit apartment building in LAEVwhere he lived for nearly eight years. Jesse has been a member of the CRSP board since 1992. He currently practices immigration law in a downtown firm.


Lee Conger
Lee learned about the Los Angeles Eco-Village and CRSP in 2009, as he became increasingly active in the Arroyo S.E.C.O. Network of Time Banks, eventually serving as the coordinator of the Silver Lake neighborhood chapter. Among the services he offers within the Time Bank are: Tai Chi and Qigong sessions; neighborhood fruit

Lee Conger

harvesting/sharing/redistributing; foraging; and opera lectures. Licensed as a psychotherapist since 2002, he has worked in Kaiser Permanente’s Addiction Medicine Department since 2004, where he leads meditation workshops and teaches Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. Lee has an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Centenary College (Shreveport, LA) and a master of clinical psychology degree from Antioch University (Los Angeles). For 26 years, he and his husband John Wingler have lived in the Ortiz Taylor House (recently designated L.A. Historic Cultural Monument #1144), which they make available to non-profits as a venue for small fund-raising events and to neighbors for potlucks and workshops on native plant gardening, lacto-fermenting gatherings, and DYI projects.


Lois July 2011 cropped toLois Arkin is the founder (1980) of the nonprofit CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.   In 1993, she co-founded the Los Angeles Eco-Village as a project of CRSP.  Co-author/editor of two books on sustainable cities and cooperative housing, she is the former editor for the “Ecovillage Living” column in Communities Magazine. She represents the Western U.S. with the Ecovillage Network of the Americas, is on the board of the Global Village Institute, and served for 17 years on the Community Advisory Committee of the Wilshire Center/Koreatown Redevelopment Area. CRSP is a co-founding organization of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust and the Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing cooperative. Lois lives and works in LA Eco-Village, and is passionate about reducing auto use in L.A.  She is a frequent public advocate for sustainable urban living and gives regular public tours of the L.A. Eco-Village neighborhood.  You can see her occasional blogs on the LAEV blog site.  She holds a BA degree in Anthropology from Cal State University Northridge.


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