UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: Lilly O'Brien-Kovari

Lilly O'Brien-Kovari, MUP, 2015

City Services (with a focus on our Great Streets Program)

Lilly O'Brien-Kovari

Lilly O’Brien-Kovari is a Master’s student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in Urban Planning, focusing on access and growth in low-income communities. She is currently the student representative for urban planning in the UCLA Graduate Student Association, the elected body of graduate students that governs graduate affairs. Lilly is also actively involved in enriching academic life at UCLA Luskin, having organized an entirely student-led trip to Detroit over spring break with fourteen of her classmates to explore the city through a critical urban planning lens. Before coming to the Mayor’s office, Lilly worked in Council District 14 for Councilmember Jose Huizar’s Planning Team. Lilly’s background is in elected politics, and she worked as a fundraiser and campaign scheduler for both national and local elections. As a Bohnett Fellow, Lilly will start work in the Department of City Services with a focus on the new Great Streets Initiative this summer. The Great Streets Initiative will focus on specific street improvements to defined corridors across Los Angeles. Lilly is most excited to learn about the coordinating role of her Department in this initiative, and is excited to play a role in the execution of it.