LAANE: New Executive Outlines Key Challenge

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Calls on City Leaders to Embrace Plan for Shared Prosperity

Los Angeles for a New Economy (LAANE) announced the appointment of Roxana Tynan as the new executive director, succeeding founder Madeline Janis, who moves into a newly created role as the organization’s first National Policy Director.  The Partnership welcomed the leadership transitions and new role for Tynan, who has been instrumental in the expansion of LAANE’s work and impact over the past decade.  

“Roxana is a consummate advocate who understands first-hand the real challenges confronting working families today and need to press forward in crafting smart policies to shape our future,” said Leslie Moody, executive director of the Partnership.  “LAANE’s strong leadership and effective campaigns have inspired and informed the campaign development of so many partners across the country, these new leadership roles promise continued work and collaboration.” 

Tynan joined LAANE in 2001, serving as deputy director for six years until assuming this new leadership position.  A guiding force behind LAANE’s groundbreaking Community Benefits program, Tynan’s advocacy and pioneering work in developing new economic models to revitalize the Los Angeles economy continues to guide her work and vision. 

 “Los Angeles must decide whether it wants to be the symbol of America’s descent into Darwinian inequality or the laboratory for a new and better economy based on the common good,” said Tynan. “I believe that the time has come for leaders across the spectrum to support policies that will rebuild the middle class, green the city and strengthen our communities and families.”

For the past several years, she has overseen the organization’s Construction Careers, Ports and Grocery-Retail projects.  Prior to joining LAANE, Tynan served as economic development deputy to L.A. City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg. During her tenure with the city she helped negotiate the country’s first Community Benefits Agreement, which ensured living wages for hundreds of workers on the Hollywood and Highland development.