Eduardo brings to Pershing Square Renew a combination of non-profit and volunteer management experience as well as a broad track record in property development. His work experience includes engagements with several of the country’s premier real estate organizations, including MacFarlane Partners, Forest City Enterprises and RCLCO where he focused on property acquisitions and development, specializing in negotiating entitlements, researching and analyzing market information, and serving as a community relations liaison.
Eduardo also managed fundraising and public relations activities for the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. This experience, along with his wide-ranging volunteer work, has helped him develop the skills and perspective to lead volunteers, fundraise and manage a non-profit organization.
Eduardo earned an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business and a BA in public policy from Occidental College. He also participated in the USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate, Leadership Southern California program, and Project for Public Spaces’ “Making it Happen” training in New York.
Development and External Relations Coordinator
Eve is primarily focused on public relations, social media management, and community development and engagement for Pershing Square Renew. Although she is relatively new to the world of Downtown Los Angeles, Eve’s prior experience with civic engagement projects, research on pathways of community growth, and extensive travel in the developing world has positioned her well to advance DTLA's revitalization through the renewal of Pershing Square. Eve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College. Her academic pursuits, which emphasized the importance of both grassroots action and a global mindset, allow her to focus on placemaking locally in DTLA while maintaining a global perspective. Eve was a campaign organizer for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations in New York City, which augmented her interest in urbanism and equitable community development. Eve is originally from the East Coast, and has lived in Los Angeles since 2011.
Alex Sasayama is Community Leader for Pershing Square Renew and supports community engagement, partnership, and resource development for the revitalization of Los Angeles' oldest park. As an Angeleno and community builder, Alex has led and assisted in the planning of cultural and community events including World Cup LA, Taste of Mexico, and Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever. Alex is also a relationship manager for NeighborWorks America and partners with community based organizations on affordable housing and community development efforts throughout the country. He is a board member of LA-Más, a nonprofit community design firm working for equitable city growth, and is on the steering committee of Sustainable Little Tokyo, a collaborative initiative to transform the 130-year-old historic neighborhood into a cultural ecodistrict. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and resides in Downtown Los Angeles.
With a background in Business and Political Science from Chapman University, Josh brings his financial tools and knowledge to the Pershing Square Renew team. He manages the internal finances and bookkeeping for Pershing Square Renew, is pivotal in coordinating public outreach efforts, and takes an active role in the organization’s social media campaign. Josh’s background in finance helps the team’s fundraising and creative efforts thrive. Josh also has philanthropic experience, hosting two events that supported the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Harold Robinson Foundation at Chapman University, experiences that enabled him to coordinate with an event team to host ReImagine the Heart of Los Angeles. Josh was born and raised in the Los Angeles area.
Sophie is thrilled to join the Pershing Square Renew team as the Spring Intern and have the opportunity to connect her academic endeavors with the exciting work of this organization. With previous experience in residential design review, city and sustainability planning, and non-profit public affairs, Sophie is most interested in the process of curating successful and sustainable public space through democratic design and outreach processes. As a part of her undergraduate degree, she is completing a senior thesis focused on equitable urban design strategies and community outreach tactics, with Pershing Square as her primary case study. Sophie is eager to bring her previous academic and work experience to the current and ongoing activities of Pershing Square Renew through programming and event planning as well as involvement with ongoing fundraising, the design process, and work with the City of Los Angeles and its partners.
Sophie will graduate in May 2017 with a BA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College and plans to pursue a career in urban planning and design, with an emphasis in public spaces.