Desiree Rabinov


Desiree Portillo Rabinov, Los Angeles, CA, is Senior Transportation Planning Manager for the
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Currently, manages the regional

TOD Planning grant program which funds local governments to develop and adopt transit-
supportive regulations that promote equitable, sustainable transit supportive planning and

assist in the CEQA review transit adjacent development. She was responsible for the
management and implementation of the annual countywide bicycle design and planning
training programs and Sustainability policy as well as the development and management of the
first automated regional bike parking program. She also managed the First/Last Mile planning
program for sub-regional agency staff and officials and was the lead manager for
Transportation Enhancement Call for Projects grant application program. Desiree is an
experienced project manager and community development professional with twenty-six years
of experience. She has been a Councilmember on the Crescenta Valley Town Council since 2014
and is immediate past President/Co-Founder, of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Los
Angeles Metro Chapter. Prior to joining LACMTA, Desiree was with Community Redevelopment
Agency of Los Angeles, where she managed construction contracts to restore Spring Street
historic corridor. She has a BS in Business Administration from Cal State University Los
Angeles. She also holds planning certificates from UCLA in CEQA and NEPA environmental
clearance regulatory, and transportation and land use planning. In her volunteer capacity, she
co-founded Project Amiga in 1994, a vocational school providing life skills, and computer
training and job preparation for disadvantaged communities. She has received several awards
for the advancement of women in non-traditional careers, in particular, Women of the Year
award from YWCA for her community service to the San Gabriel Valley.