Please welcome two new members to the LACEA Board!

Meet Your New Board Members

Jackie Koci Tamayo
Sr. Emergency Planning Coordinator
County of Santa Clara

Jackie worked for more than 20 years with the City of Los Angeles, both for the Rec and Parks and Emergency Management Dept. (EMD). In her tenure with the City, Jackie was instrumental in creating EMD’s Citywide Training Task Force; coordinated and executed high-profile events; and was one of the pioneers in creating, developing, training and executing the Emergency Management Division, which leads the City’s Mass Care response.

Under EMD, she created the City’s emergency Business Operation Center within the City’s Emergency Operation Center.

Jackie’s experience with emergency management is extensive. She was appointed to lead the LAPD and LAFD Operations West Bureau, where she coordinated disaster preparedness for neighborhoods around Los Angeles as well as training senior leadership in their role in the emergency operations center for large emergencies like COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires or any other civil unrest that might happen at any time. She has responded to several disasters and emergencies, and participated in multi-agency coordination for large events such as the LA Marathon.

Jackie then took her skills to lead the Superior Court of California/County of Alameda’s Emergency Services Unit. There she created, developed and implemented an emergency management program for the judicial system. This program included serving the court staff, its 87 judicial officers, jury, volunteer, and members of the public. Not long after that, she took a new role at the County of Santa Clara as the Sr. Emergency Planning Coordinator, where she plans, promotes, coordinates and implements programs to integrate various existing emergency preparedness and operational plans and procedures for the County with other government agencies, community-based organizations, volunteers, service agencies, and private and non-profit sector-resource agencies. Coming to County of Santa Clara OEM has allowed Jackie to reprise her leadership role in mass care.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in history and politics from Woodbury University and a master’s degree in leadership and management from the University of La Verne. She has also earned various other graduate-level certifications in leadership, public safety, emergency management and homeland security from acclaimed academic institutions, including USC, UCLA, and Harvard University.

Jackie has received awards and recognition, including the Outstanding Emergency Services Award from the City of Los Angeles and the 2021 California Women in Homeland Security Ripple Effect Award. She recently received a Presidential Citation from the International Association of Emergency Managers for her exemplary work within Region 9 and its members. She is an instructor at the USC Price School of Public Policy, Safe Communities Institute and California Specialized Training Institute, teaching emergency management and crisis communications.

Carlos Rodriguez
Transportation Engineer

Carlos Rodriguez is a Transportation Engineer at the LA Dept. of Transportation (LADOT), managing the Citywide Temporary Traffic Control Section. With more than 24 years of service and experience in traffic engineering, Carlos has worked on projects throughout Los Angeles.

A problem solver and strategic thinker, Carlos has the unique ability to see the big picture and develop creative solutions that meet the specific needs of the City of Los Angeles and its residents.

In his supervisory role and with his team, Carlos reviews and approves the Temporary Traffic Control Plan for construction work that people within the public jurisdiction would like to have done. (e.g., infrastructure construction work for water, gas, power and phone and internet connection, improvements on the street such as sidewalk, roadway, and any type of maintenance on roadways).

Carlos’ educational background is as impressive and diverse as the engineer himself. He has an extensive background in civil engineering, having earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Cal State, Northridge. He is also involved as a member with several professional organizations, including the Society of Civil Engineers as well as Institute for Transportation Engineers.

Born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico, Carlos was drawn from a young age to Mariachi music and Mexican food — among two of his favorite things. In 1990, he met his wife, Myrna, in college in their freshman year; they were married in 1999. They have two sons – Cristian, 10, and Nicolas, 6. They also have a poodle named Frosty. Carlos is a passionate family man who puts his loved ones first. During the holiday season, they adopt a family in need to honor his mother-in-law’s memory who passed away of breast cancer in 1994. Carlos is a proud supporter of veterans’ foundations, cancer research, and shelters for abused women. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling for cultural growth and relaxation.

Carlos is as dedicated to the Club as they come and supports the ideology behind it. He understands the Club’s vision to exist as a supportive organization where appreciation, honor and gratitude are given freely. He knows that the Club wants Members to feel like people rather than numbers or symbols; they should be treated with dignity and thanked for their service at all times. He is committed to this vision; he has been a Club Member since 2003, a department representative for the last six years, and concurrently has participated in a leadership role as the head coach for the team called the DOT-gers in the Club’s Softball League.