The Housing Authority is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners (the "Board") that is responsible for policy, fiscal management and the appointment of the President and Chief Executive Officer. Five Commissioners serve four-year terms. Two Commissioners, who serve two-year terms must be residents of the Authority's housing projects. There is no limit on the number of terms a Commissioner may serve. Currently the HACLA board has 7 commissioners.
Ben Besley

Chairperson Ben Besley

Date of Appointment: 11/19/15

 

Commissioner Delfino De La Cruz Jr.

Date of Appointment: 09/13/16

Lucelia Hooper

Commissioner Lucelia Hooper

Date of Appointment: 07/17/08

Daria Nuñez

Commissioner Daria Nuñez

Date of Appointment: 01/15/14

Commissioner Daniel Tenenbaum

Date of Appointment: 09/13/16

Noramay Cadena

Commissioner Noramay Cadena

Date of Appointment: 12/14/16

Housing Authority Board of Commissioners' Meetings are open to the public and are usually held on:



Date 4th Thursday of Every Month*
Time 9:00 AM
Location Housing Authority Central Offices
2600 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Floor, Board Room
Los Angeles, CA. 90057

*Meeting locations, dates and items are subject to change.

Commissioner Kimberly Freeman

Los Angeles native, Commissioner Freeman is Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations at the UCLA Anderson School. Prior to her position at UCLA, she was Director of Community Relations for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas).

As Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations, she is primarily responsible for leading the school’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusiveness for all members of the school and strengthen relationships with the broader community.

Commissioner Freeman earned an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from University of California, Berkeley, a master of public policy (MPP) degree from University of Southern California, and an MBA from the Anderson School at University of California, Los Angeles. She also taught an undergraduate course in government and business as a part-time faculty member in the School of Policy Planning and Development at USC.

Commissioner Freeman is committed to public service and spends time serving on boards and volunteering with many community-based organizations.

Commissioner Freeman was appointed to the Board on July 22, 2011 and appointed as Chairperson on January 23, 2014.

Commissioner Delfino De La Cruz Jr.


Delfino De La Cruz Jr. is a Business Agent, Organizer and Auditor for Laborers' International Union of North America Local 300. Delfino administers local union agreements and ensures contracts comply with the terms of local collective bargaining agreements to avoid workers’ rights violations. Delfino has been a member in good standing since 1996. Delfino received a state vocational teaching credential in 2004 and served as Assistant Supervisor and Instructor at Laborers Training School of Azusa California from 2004 to 2013, during which time he was 1 of 14 out of over 250 instructors to receive recognition as a Certified Instructor. Delfino looks forward to serving on the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Commission and using his work experience, knowledge and skillset to assist underserved communities and connect residents to great careers throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Commissioner De La Cruz Jr. Was appointed to the Board on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.








Chairperson Ben Besley


Ben Besley is Vice President of Development at City Ventures, an infill residential and mixed-use development firm active throughout California. In this role Mr. Besley oversees entitlements and permitting for more than 1,000 new homes throughout San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Prior to joining City Ventures, Mr. Besley served as Vice President at Big Rock Partners, a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate private equity fund, where he managed development, construction and operations for office, retail, hotel and residential assets. He also served as Vice President at The Olson Company, managing design and entitlement for residential and mixed-use projects throughout Los Angeles County. His accomplishments there included the successful development of high-density, mixed-use, public-private partnership projects and affordable housing communities.

Mr. Besley discovered his affinity for infill development while earning his undergraduate degree in Urban Studies at Columbia University and serving as a VISTA volunteer with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association in the South Bronx. He also holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Mr. Besley lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sarah MacPherson Besley.

Commissioner Besley was appointed to the Board on July 1, 2014 and appointed as Chairperson on November 19, 2015.


Commissioner Lucelia Hooper

Commissioner Lucelia Hooper has been a resident of Nickerson Gardens for over thirty years. Her public service career spans over 20 years, most notably, at Nickerson Gardens Resident Management Corporation where she started as a Recording Secretary, and later to being nominated as the President of the management corporation. Since 1989 she has been involved in a variety of programs at the site, including the management and operation of the Food Bank, Youth Council mentor, Nickerson Gardens Safe Passage Program for Markham Middle School, and other programs. Commissioner Hooper also served as the President of Nickerson Gardens Block Captains Program.

Commissioner Hooper’s dedication and commitment to better her community led to her involvement with the Watts Gang Taskforce. Since 2004, she has served as the Vice President of the taskforce and works with Council District 15 to decrease area’s gang violence and improve the safety of residents. She is active in the church and volunteers her time and skills in a range of events and programs. Commissioner Hooper also participates in the Partnership for Schools with the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s initiative to improve student performance and achievement records.

A native of Mississippi, Commissioner Hooper is mother of four children, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of three.
Commissioner Hooper was appointed to the Board on July 17, 2008 and recently reappointed in August 2014.


Commissioner Daria Nuñez

Daria Nuñez has been a resident of Pico Gardens for 26 years. She is an active member of the Dolores Mission Jesuit Parish and Proyecto Pastoral, serving on various committees like the Safe Passage initiative, which promotes safety for children going to and from school, and "Base Communities." where residents see, reflect and take action on issues affecting their community. Ms. Nuñez is also a board member of PICO affiliate, LA Voice, whose mission is to transform LA into a city that reflects the human dignity of all communities, especially those in greatest need. In 2010, Ms. Nuñez co-founded a community led initiative called "Safe Summer, Safe Youth," which employed 10 youth and served more than 75 youth from Pico Gardens through an 8 week summer enrichment program in response to cuts in LAUSD.

Ms. Nuñez is a mother of five children who share their mother's commitment and dedication to their community.

Commissioner Nuñez was appointed to the Board on January 15, 2014.


Commissioner Daniel Tenenbaum

Daniel Tenenbaum is the founding principal of Pacific Crest Realty (PCR). Since 1995, he has overseen all PCR activities including the acquisition and management of multifamily housing in Los Angeles. Under his leadership he has acquired real estate holdings valued at over $150 million and managed over 1,200 apartment units. Mr. Tenenbaum has his real estate broker’s license in the State of California and is Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the California Apartment Association of Los Angeles.

While at PCR, Daniel has been focused on how to use his expertise in multifamily housing to improve the Los Angeles community. Daniel has been an advocate for improving programs to house the homeless at Home for Good, a partnership of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. As head of PCR, he has also housed over 10 previously homeless individuals in the apartments he oversees. He is also engaged in promoting new ways of creating affordable housing that leverage the existing housing stock rather than more expensive new-construction projects.

In addition Mr. Tenenbaum is the Chair of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, an entrepreneurial giving circle that has donated over $2 million to deserving non-profits including Food Forward’s LA Wholesale Market Recovery Program and Jewish World Watch’s efforts to end genocide. Daniel is also on the boards of the Breed Street Shul Project in Boyle Heights and transportation advocate group Move LA.

Prior to starting PCR, Daniel had worked in various capacities for The Walt Disney Company, IBM and Proctor & Gamble in the US, Canada and France. Daniel obtained his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s of commerce degree from McGill University. While at McGill, he was President of the Student Society, representing over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Daniel resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 daughters. He is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish and Hebrew.

Commissioner Tenenbaum was appointed to the Board on September 13, 2016.


Vice Chairperson Dr. Erica L. Jacquez DPPD

Erica L. Jacquez has been dedicated to public service for more than 15 years. Currently, she works as the Associate Vice President of Government Relations for AltaMed Health Services. In November 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Liaison at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the leadership of Secretary Donovan. In this capacity, she served as the liaison for public engagement organizations and local elected officials. She later served as a Congressional Relations Officer at HUD for the West Region, where she worked with Congressional and Senate members on HUD related issues and policies. After this role, she served as a legislative analyst at the Office of Management and Budget’s Legislative Affairs. In this capacity, she served as the lead coordinator for the President’s Statement of Administration Policy. Prior to her work in the Obama administration, Erica served Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina as the First District Field and Unincorporated Services Director. In this role, she functioned as Molina's main community liaison and oversaw the Supervisor’s satellite offices in East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, Erica held several leadership positions including Public Affairs Manager for the Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy Utility and as the District Director for State Senator Martha Escutia serving the constituents of the 30th Senate District.

Ms. Jacquez recently received her Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California (USC). She successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Latina elected officials in California. A call to action to prepare and pipeline Latinas into the political process.” She is an expert in the field of Latinas in politics, Latina/o elected officials in California and Latinos in politics. She earned a Master Degree in Public Administration from USC in addition to receiving a certificate in Political Management. She also earned her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Chicano Studies from California State University, Fullerton. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Leadership Program and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Ms. Jacquez served in various leadership roles including, the founding Co-Chair for the Latino Appointee Kitchen Cabinet and founding Co-Chair for the California Latino Caucus Institute’s Madrinas Padrinos program. She also served as the inaugural chair for the University of Southern California Mexican American Alumni Association’s Young Leaders Council. In 2014, Erica was selected Huffington Post’s 40 under 40: Latinos in American Politics. Erica was awarded with the Mujerers Destacadas Award by La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States and second most read newspaper in Los Angeles, 2009. In 2004, she was appointed and served on the State of California’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council

In 2013, Ms. Jacquez was selected to participant in President Obama’s Inaugural Leadership Program. She was also selected to participate in the U.S. Spain Young Leaders Council, a graduate of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute and USC’s Ross Program in Real Estate. She received political training from Emily’s List, the National Women’s Political Caucus and Rutgers State University of New Jersey. Ms. Jacquez is also a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and a graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute.

Commissioner Jacquez was appointed to the Board on September 11, 2015 and appointed as Vice Chairperson on November 19, 2015.


Noramay Cadena

Noramay Cadena is an engineer, entrepreneur, investor, nonprofit leader, and mother. She's Cofounder and Managing Director of Make in LA , an early stage hardware accelerator and venture fund in the San Fernando Valley. Since launching in 2015, Make in LA has invested over $1MM in seed stage companies.

Cadena is also on the founding board of a proposed Los Angeles K-8 charter school and was a cofounder of the Latinas in STEM Foundation , an organization she co-founded in 2013 to inspire and empower Latinas to pursue and thrive in STEM fields. Prior to joining HACLA, Cadena served on the North Valley Area Planning Commission.

Cadena holds an MBA, a Master’s in Engineering Systems and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering – all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Over the last several years, Cadena has been a featured speaker in many platforms across the country including TEDx and the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship – her talks and recognitions cover technical achievement, leadership, and overcoming obstacles. She’s also received various awards and recognitions including being named one of the top 26 women engineers to watch in 2016 by Business Insider, one of the top 20 Latinos in Tech by CNET in 2014 and receiving national awards by the Society of Women Engineers and Great Minds in STEM.

Cadena currently resides in the Los Angeles area and is actively involved in the community through startup mentorship, STEM outreach, professional development and volunteer work. Commissioner Cadena was appointed to the Board on December 14, 2016.