Advisory Board of Directors


Leonardo Magana, President
Texis Restaurant

Marc Tavakoli, Vice President
Desi's Coin Laundry Property Owner

Jacob Segal
Commercial Property Owner

Fr. John Bakas
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Vanessa Rivera
St. Thomas the Apostle Church 

Don Schwartz 
Loyola High School

Ana M. Ricardo
Commercial Business Owner 

The Advisory Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis or as needed. For a schedule of meetings and agendas, please contact Moises Gomez at (213) 627-1822 ext. 18 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Management Entity

Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) manages the Byzantine Latino Quarter Business Improvement District. LANI works closely with the Advisory Board of Directors and oversees the BLQ BID’s operations, marketing efforts and community and public affairs. 

LANI has worked in the Byzantine Latino Quarter since 1997. Utilizing its nationally-recognized community engagement model, LANI developed strong partnerships with local stakeholders and completed several neighborhood-driven improvement projects, including streetscape enhancements and two transit plazas at major intersections.

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