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

Noramay Cadena

Commissioner Noramay Cadena

Date of Appointment: 12/14/16

Commissioner Cielo Castro

Date of Appointment: 12/15/17

Commissioner Delfino De La Cruz Jr.

Date of Appointment: 09/13/16

Lucelia Hooper

Commissioner Lucelia Hooper

Date of Appointment: 07/17/08

Commissioner Daniel Tenenbaum

Date of Appointment: 09/13/16

Commissioner Ana Bryan

Date of Appointment: 01/29/20

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 a Senior Vice President of Development for Midwood, a real estate and development firm with commercial property holdings on the East Coast. Mr. Besley currently serves as a manager for one of the firm’s assets, a retail and hotel development, which is located in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. Prior to this job, Mr. Besley was a Vice President of Development at City Ventures, an infill residential and mixed-use development firm active throughout California. In this role Mr. Besley oversaw 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 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.

Commissioner Cielo Castro

Cielo is Chief of Staff at Fairplex, a nonprofit, 501 (c)5 organization that leads a 487-acre campus proudly located in the City of Pomona. Fairplex is a public-private partnership with the County of Los Angeles and is home of the LA County Fair and more than 500 year-round events. She came to Fairplex after serving as Transparency Officer for the City of Los Angeles Office of City Administrative Officer, acting as executive liaison with external stakeholders and providing oversight support for the City's $8 billion budget. Cielo was previously Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, where she was responsible for discretionary grant making; staff hiring, recruitment and development; and policy issues including immigration, housing and community development. Cielo served the Obama Administration as Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC, where she advised the Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development on policy and political matters regarding a $50 billion grant portfolio and over 1,200 grantees. Previously, she had seven years of experience working with elected officials as Director of Constituency Services with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and in outreach roles with the National League of Cities.

Cielo previously served as a Commissioner to the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension board, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in September 2014. She enjoys her book club, and her role as the Los Angeles co-coordinator of Las Comadres para las Americas, and Professional Development Advisor for Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. Cielo was a 2007 National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Program Fellow.

Cielo is a Southern California native, born in East Los Angeles, and raised in the City of Norwalk by immigrant parents. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Cielo and her spouse Jesse Saucedo live in the City of Los Angeles, where Jesse serves on the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. They are parents to ten-month old twins, Adelina Azalea and Tomas Antonio.

Commissioner Castro was appointed to HACLA’s Board on December 15, 2017.

Noramay Cadena

Noramay Cadena is a Founding Partner at Supply Change Capital, an early stage venture firm investing at the intersection of food, culture, and technology. Previously, Noramay was a Managing Partner at MiLA Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm in Los Angeles investing in tech you can touch.

In the community, Noramay is also a lead investor in Portfolia's Rising America fund investing in Latinx, Black and LGBTQ founders, an advisory board member of the Homeboy Industries Ventures and Jobs Fund, and a founding board member of LatinxVC, an organization increasing the Latino ecosystem of funders and founders.

In 2020, she was named one of 50 renowned women in robotics and one of the top 100 influential Latinas in the United States. Noramay is a Kauffman Fellow and holds a MBA, a Master’s in Engineering Systems and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering – all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Cadena currently resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two children. Commissioner Cadena was appointed to the Board on December 14, 2016.

Ana Bryan

Ana Bryan was born in Puebla, Mexico and came to the United States in 2006. She has been a resident of Ramona Gardens for over 11 years, where she served on the Resident Advisory Council (RAC) as President and Secretary for five years.

Ana is currently working at East Los Angeles Women’s Center as an educational promoter. She holds educational trainings to prevent domestic violence.

Ana has also worked with the National Association of Marriage Enhancement as a Family Counselor to help victims of domestic violence. Additionally, Ana is an avid volunteer. She volunteers at the “Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano,” an organization that serves victims of human trafficking, as well as the “Boyle Heights Building Healthy Communities Steering Committee.”

Ana has a passion for empowering women and is dedicated to serving her community and helping others. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the proud mother of four (three boys and one girl).
Commissioner Bryan was appointed to the Board on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.