Chinmaya is principal and partner of her own architectural studio CHA:COL based in Downtown Los Angeles that she co-founded with her husband Apurva.
Her work, as part of the design collaborative, has been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Architectural Record, Dwell Magazine and The Los Angeles Times. It was also published in The 2011 showcase 'Portfolio'. and selected for 'New Blood: Next Gen' at the Museum of Architecture+Design, an exhibition on emerging design talent in Los Angeles.
Prior to forming her studio, she worked as a Senior Associate at the Jerde Partnership on various large scale mixed-use commercial projects in Europe and Japan and then moved on to becoming a Senior Designer at Gensler where she lead teams working on mixed-use projects in Asia and creative workplace projects in the US.
Chinmaya received a Masters of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI_Arc). She has been a downtown resident for 8 years and lives in the historic core with her husband Apurva and daughter Anvaya who currently attends Metro Charter.
Nella McOsker is a Senior Director in the Los Angeles office of Strategies 360, a full-service research, public affairs, and communications firm. She supports clients in a range of industries to proactively build reputation and effectively respond to public issues. Nella specializes in corporate communications, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and coaching teams on clear and persuasive messaging
Prior to her work in consulting, Nella participated in the Coro Fellowship in Leadership and Public Affairs in Los Angeles.
Nella was a Teach For America corps member in Chicago and went on to teach for the KIPP Network in the South Bronx where she also managed and coached new teachers. Nella was a regional captain for Educators 4 Excellence, a nonprofit focused on elevating the teaching profession through policy and advocacy.
In addition to Metro Charter Elementary School, Nella serves on the Board of Directors for The Association of Catholic Student Councils (TACSC).
Nella graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science an interdisciplinary minor in politics, philosophy, and economics.
Jessica Lall – President & CEO, Central City Association
Jessica Lall serves as the President & CEO of the Central City Association (CCA), where she represents the interests of more than 400 businesses, trade associations and nonprofit organizations that employ more than 350,000 people in Los Angeles County.
Prior to joining CCA, she served as Executive Director of the South Park Business Improvement District (SPBID) in Downtown LA. At SPBID, she envisioned and implemented a nationally lauded public art initiative, expanded District boundaries, launched numerous innovative pilot programs, and elevated the neighborhood with a strategic branding and economic development plan.
Jessica previously held the role of Senior Policy Director in the Department of Economic and Business Policy for former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa. She also served as Communications Director for the Austin Beutner for Los Angeles Mayor Campaign, and as the Chief Advancement Officer at Coro Southern California.
Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for Metro Charter Elementary School, and Coro Southern California. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned her BA in Political Science and Social Sciences, and is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.
Zuzy Rodriguez joined Metro Charter as a parent when her daughter began kindergarten in 2013. She is an active parent at Metro Charter assisting teachers as a room parent, organizing the bi-annual book fair and serving four years on Metro’s School Site Council. Her passion for public education extends to her professional life. With more than 17 years of educational experience as a teacher, instructional coach and mentor and is currently the Director of Jardin de la Infancia. Zuzy is a graduate of the University California Riverside, where she earned a BA in Liberal Arts and Theater. Zuzy currently has two daughters enrolled at Metro Charter.