Cecilia S. Choi

Cecilia S. Choi is the U.S. State Department’s Diplomat in Residence for Southern California, Hawaii and Nevada.  A visiting fellow at UCLA, she is responsible for recruiting talent to pursue a career in public service in global affairs. Choi was the director of trade and investment at the National Security Council serving under the Obama and Trump administrations.  She advised on tariffs, trade agreements and U.S. export promotion.  Choi was the deputy director in the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, where she promoted innovation to address environment challenges. She also served as the food safety adviser at the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, promoting U.S. agriculture.

Prior to joining the government, she worked in investor relations, advising Fortune 500 companies on how to promote their publicly traded offerings.  Overseas, she was the economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras.  Her other overseas assignments were in South Korea and Turkey.  She also helped coordinate the U.S.-Chile relationship, advancing U.S. interests on free trade and peacekeeping.

Her foreign languages are German, Korean, Persian and Spanish.

Everardo Alvizo

Everardo Alvizo is a Project Coordinator and Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker with Special Service for Groups (SSG) / Health Integration for At-Risk Racial Ethnic Communities (HIARC).

Alvizo manages the day-to-day operations of this federally funded grant program that integrates mental health, substance abuse prevention, Hep A/B screening/vaccinations, and HIV testing and primary care services, all co-located in downtown Los Angeles. Prior to this role, Alvizo was a member of SSG’s Development Team working on securing grants for a diverse set of services, including mental health, homeless, and HIV/AIDS.

As a Program Analyst with SSG, Alvizo also helped to develop community agency collaborative efforts and worked with SSG’s Executive Director on mental health policy advocacy impacting Los Angeles County.

Alvizo received his B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies in 2003 and his Master in Social Welfare in 2008, both from UCLA.

Luisa Lowe

Luisa Lowe, LCSW, is a graduate of the UCLA MSW program, 2007, and teaches a variety of micro classes focusing on developing clinical skills in MSW students. Off campus, Lowe works with youth, adults and families in a variety of mental health settings.

Lowe provided school-based mental health services with the Occupational Therapy Training Program, supporting programs at several schools in South Los Angeles.

She currently has a private psychotherapy practice in San Pedro in which she specializes in treating a wide range of mental health concerns in adults and adolescents, including peripartum mental health, depression, anxiety, trauma and adolescent transitions.

Barrie Levy

Barrie Levy, L.C.S.W., is a Clinical Social Worker and a clinical and organizational consultant.

She has been on the faculty of the Department of Social Welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs since 1981. She previously served on the faculty of the Women’s Studies Department from 1993 to 2011. She teaches courses about mental health policy, and sexual and domestic violence (policy, prevention and intervention).

Levy is author of Dating Violence: Young Women in Danger, an anthology on teen relationship violence (Seal Press, 1998) and In Love and in Danger: A Guide for Teens on Violence in Intimate Relationships (Seal Press, 2007). She has written a primer for college students, Women and Violence (Avalon Publishing, 2008). She is co-author with Patti Giggans of What Parents Need to Know About Dating Violence (Seal Press, 1995), Fifty Ways to a Safer World (Seal Press, 1997) and When Dating is Dangerous: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Relationship Abuse (Hazelden, 2013). She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on domestic violence, and has made many television and radio appearances.

Levy currently works with PeaceProsLA, a team that engages men who are community leaders in dialogues about cultural social norms, using a bystander model promoting action for social change and collaborating to promote healthy non-violent models for masculinity.

She conducts weekly groups for staff at the Center for Pacific Asian Families, a comprehensive multicultural/multilingual domestic violence/sexual assault program in Los Angeles.

From 1995 to 2003, she was Director of the Westside Domestic Violence Network (WDVN), an interagency consortium addressing effective service delivery to families affected by domestic violence in West Los Angeles. She has provided professional training courses on domestic violence for continuing education programs throughout California, and conducted seminars in the U.S., Japan and Italy.

Since 1977, Levy has specialized in psychotherapy with adults and adolescents recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and violence, including sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and therapy related to gay and lesbian issues, as well as anxiety and mood disorders.

Levy was founder and Director of the Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women. She is a co-founder of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, now Peace Over Violence. She is former Director of Consultation, Education and Prevention, Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Culver City, Calif.



Khush Cooper

Khush Cooper teaches “Being a Leader: An Ontological Phenomenological Approach” and “Public Policy for Children and Youth” at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

She received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work from Luskin.

As a social entrepreneur and specialist in the study and implementation of what’s next for human services, Dr. Cooper uses long-standing relationships with policymakers, leading practitioners, and consumers to shield and guide California’s organizations, both public and private, through reform initiatives.

Starting out as a group home child care worker, Dr. Cooper has held the positions of house manager, foster care social worker, non-public school teacher, FFA Director, and Director of Research and Quality at the Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services.

Her firm, Khush Cooper and Associates, is currently conducting the first ever LGBTQ Youth Preparedness Scan for LA County which assesses all 11 county departments’ capacity to properly serve LGBTQ children, youth and families in order to prevent future disproportionality of these youth in the child welfare system. KC&A also currently developing an e-learning platform, Implematix, to support foster care providers with AB 403 implementation.

Other projects have included inventing a practical and staff-friendly system for performance management for foster care providers in California, initiating two of the multimillion-dollar federal Permanency Innovations Initiative grants in the country (the RISE Project, CAPP), and managing the implementation of three of the five statewide Residentially Based Services (RBS) demonstration projects in California.

She is a founding board member of the LA LGBT Child Abuse Prevention Council and consults on a local, state and national level in the area of LGBT youth in systems.






Consuelo Bingham Mira

Consuelo Bingham Mira, Ph.D. is currently lecturing at the UCLA Department of Social Welfare and is the Coordinator of Evaluation and Research for the Public Child Welfare (PCW) California Social Welfare Education Council (CalSWEC) program.

Dr. Bingham Mira received her Master (MSW) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees from the University of California Los Angeles, training in the departments of social welfare and psychology. She completed her California Certification in Alcohol & Drug Abuse Studies and Counseling at UCLA.

She has had extensive clinical research experience and has worked on grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Aging at Harbor-UCLA, UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Bingham Mira has worked with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Health Services, Los Angeles Community Mental Health Centers and St. John’s Health Center.

Her work among the varied cultural and ethnic groups in Los Angeles, Europe and South Africa emphasizes a multi-cultural mental health perspective that incorporates an ecological approach that consists of the biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural forces that affect the interplay between the person and their environment. Bingham Mira also had a professional career in dance, music and theatre and her years of training and passion for the performing arts infuses her approach to education.


Rebecca Danelski

Rebecca Danelski, LCSW, teaches first-year direct practice courses in the MSW program.

She has a psychotherapy practice in Culver City where she specializes in women’s issues and treats a wide range of adult mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict  and relationship issues.

Danelski was a staff social worker and the coordinator of student training at the Venice Family Clinic from 1995 to 2005.


Michael Fleming

Michael Fleming is the Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation, a grant-making foundation charged with “improving society through social activism.”

In August 2013, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti named Fleming to the influential Board of Water and Power Commissioners, overseeing the nation’s largest public utility.

He is the Chairman of the Board of public radio powerhouse KCRW, a Trustee of the NPR Foundation and, since 2003, a lecturer on non-profits, organizational development and public policy at UCLA and NYU.



Monica Blauner

Monica Blauner, LCSW, is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, 1979, and earned a certificate in psychoanalysis from the New York Freudian Society Psychoanalytic Training Institute. She is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.

She is currently in private practice in Los Angeles, and has worked at all levels of care in mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Blauner currently leads an Integrative Seminar for Smith College School for Social Work students placed in Los Angeles.

Previously, she taught at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the New York Counseling Center and Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is dedicated to teaching foundational clinical skills, including client engagement, understanding unconscious process and using the therapeutic relationship.