The Luskin Center for Innovation has nearly 20 employees on our core team who serve in executive leadership, research, and administrative roles. These team members support and collaborate with affiliated faculty — about 20 at a time, based throughout UCLA and at other universities — who have expertise in public policy, urban planning, economics, engineering, environmental health, and other subjects relevant to our research. Part-time consultants and graduate student researchers are also a critical part of our team. We employ or otherwise support about five doctoral students and more than 20 master’s degree students each year.

Core Team

Samantha Astudillo
Associate Project Manager of Climate Action Research
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Mara Elana Burstein

Mara Elana Burstein
Principal Communications Consultant
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Colleen Callahan
Co-Executive Director
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Dan Coffee
Project Manager
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Rachel Connolly
Project Director
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Nick Cuccia
Editor and Designer
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Lauren Dunlap
Associate Project Manager of Energy Equity Research
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Edith de Guzman

Edith de Guzman
Water Equity and Adaptation Policy Cooperative Extension Specialist
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Grace Harrison
Associate Project Manager of Water Equity Research
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Ariana Hernandez
Project Manager
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Elena Hernandez
Project Manager
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Jason Karpman
Project Director
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Megan Mullin
Faculty Director
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Héctor Osorio
Events and Operations Coordinator
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Gregory Pierce
Research and Co-Executive Director;
Director, Human Right to Water Solutions Lab
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Randy Rodriguez Jr.
Associate Project Manager
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V. Kelly Turner
Associate Director and Professor of Urban Planning and Geography
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Constance Vance
Operations Manager
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