Meet the Staff

Julia Diamond AKA Jules
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Likes: mid 70s temps, hiking, history especially LA history, dogs dogs dogs, Sam Cooke, miniature objects, yoga, good people doing good work
Favorite food(s) currently: hummus at Mhzh (“WOW” as my little daughter says) in Silver Lake, mole negro, cheeseburgers, bananas
Favorite Quote(s): “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”
30 seconds on the Mic: Grand Park is where all the good stuff happens. Come play!

Roberto Gonzalez AKA Rob AKA Robgonz AKA Robzilla
Operations Manager
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Likes: Dodgers, Go Blue!, Lakers, 90’s hip hop, neorealism films, mom’s home cooking, The Simpsons, comic books, South L.A., documenting Los Angeles life through photo & film.

30 seconds on the Mic: 1) Growing up in Los Angeles I have seen its transformation like a living breathing organism, filled with all walks of life.  Different is the norm here and what makes L.A. great.  From the mountains to the beaches, from a red carpet to a taco truck, we have the cure for what ails you. This is the place for everyone, all are welcomed.

Marty Preciado
Program Manager
Hometown: Los Angeles via Mexico City via Tijuana

Likes: Studying about youth cultural expressions via music, document intercultural exchange of gender and politics in arts & culture, watch horror movies and classic Hollywood movies starring Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford or Elizabeth Taylor, red lipsticks, reading Gloria Fuertes, Doyers, and Selena.
Foods: Mariscos Jalisco, Villa Moreliana, Jitlada, Musso & Frank, Mozza, fresh mango and coconut from LA fruit carts, chicharrón burritos, classic burgers, hot dogs from dodger stadium, pupusas, tacos after a concert.
Quotes:  “Without community, there is no liberation.” ― Audre Lorde
30 seconds on the mic: Welcome to Grand Park, the park for everyone, YOUR park, where all are invited and welcomed!

John Rooney
Production Assistant
South Gate, CA

Likes: Football, Baseball, Country Music
Favorite Food(s): Mexican and Italian

Angela.v2Angela Tsai AKA @angelasigh AKA @djsigh
Business Manager, Grand Park
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Likes: Stumptown, Blue Bottle, Sushi Gen, Sunny Blue, Milky, Kazu Nori, AllSaints, rainbows, Sperries, Minions, Wheel of Fortune, Scrabble, Kobe, Eskuche, lavender, and rose.

30 seconds on the Mic: I am Angela. The new Business Manager. Welcome to our park. #haiku #grandpark #dtla

Julian Yapkowitz
Rentals Coordinator
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Likes: Music, cats, Green Bay Packers, hiking.

Favorite Foods: Dumplings and braised beef noodle soup!

Favorite Quote: “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy” – Ludwig van Beethoven