Desireé Portillo Rabinov was elected as a College Board Trustee in March 2020. Ms. Portillo Rabinov is a Senior Transportation Planning Manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority with twenty-eight years of experience. She is a lead manager in multiple capacities. Her current position is managing the Transit-Oriented Development Planning Grant Program overseeing a $25 million budget for cities to develop transit-supportive regulatory documents. Additionally, she was responsible for implementing the Active Transportation bicycle reservation system and performing data collection training.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in pre-law from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She also holds planning certificates from UCLA in CEQA and NEPA environmental clearance regulatory, and transportation and Transit-Oriented Development n land use planning. Ms. Portillo Rabinov began her higher education at Rio Hondo Community College, where she received her AA degree before transferring to CSULA.
Ms. Portillo Rabinov brings over 25 years in the community and civic service. Currently, she serves as a Councilmember on the Crescenta Valley Town Council since 2014. She is the State Co-chair for the Trust for Public Land and immediate past President/Co-Founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Los Angeles Metro Chapter. In her volunteer capacity, she is currently the Live your Dream, student award Chair for the Soroptimist Int’l of Glendale. Early in her career, she co-founded Project Amiga in 1994, a vocational school providing life skills, computer training, and GED and job preparation for disadvantaged communities. She also served as the National President of Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional to offer scholarships to disadvantaged Latina students and housing for at-risk emancipated women. Ms. Portillo Rabinov has received several awards for the advancement of women in non-traditional careers, in particular, Women of the Year award from YWCA for her community service to the San Gabriel Valley.
Ms. Desireé Portillo Rabinov’s present term is April 2020 – April 2024. She resides in Area 1.