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Laura Raymond

Director, The Alliance for Community Transit-Los Angeles

Laura Raymond is the Director of the Alliance for Community Transit - Los Angeles (ACT-LA), a coalition of 38 organizations. Laura led ACT-LA in co-anchoring Build Better LA, a community/labor partnership that drafted and passed Measure JJJ in November 2016 and defeated Measure S in March 2017. She sits on the steering committee of the Coalition for a Just LA, which succeeded in passing an affordable housing linkage fee in LA in December 2017. She led ACT-LA in helping draft and pass LA Metro's first ever Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC) policy in June 2018. Currently, she is directing the coalition’s equitable planning program, its city, county and statewide policy work, and a transit justice organizing and advocacy effort. Over the last 20 years, she has been active in a wide range of policy campaigns, civil and human rights projects and has built and coordinated numerous social justice coalitions. Immediately prior to ACT-LA, she spent 6 years managing advocacy campaigns with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She has a self-designed Masters degree in Policy Advocacy from the School for International Training and a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz.