Ms. Portillo-Rabinov is a Senior Transportation Planning Manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where she is team planner for the SB 375 Sustainability transportation program addressing and coordinating policy and planning strategies, as well as leading the...Read more
Ms. Portillo-Rabinov is a Senior Transportation Planning Manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where she is team planner for the SB 375 Sustainability transportation program addressing and coordinating policy and planning strategies, as well as leading the Orange line BRT sustainable corridor implementation station area design plans; also a lead manager for Active Transportation Program for regional improvements in streetscape design and preservation of existing transportation land uses. Previous project management activities included implementing outreach, training and establishing private and public partnerships to expand the Regional Integration of Intelligent Transportation System; serves as a clearinghouse of real time transportation and traffic data. Directed and facilitated the marketing and outreach contract of $1.7 million for I-710 South Freeway Goods Movement EIR/EIS corridor project; prepared and managed 15 of the 28 corridors of the station construction and bus signal priority agreements for total of $128 million and updated and finalized station design for the second generation of the Regional Metro Rapid Expansion Bus Program.
Previously, Desirée was lead manager of the Welfare to Work Transportation Program in contract with Los Angeles County Department of Social Services (DPSS). There she was able to secure FTA Job Access Reverse commute earmark funds totaling $8.5 million for transportation projects.
During her 23 years in transportation at MTA, Ms. Portillo-Rabinov has worked in Transportation Demand Management programs developing childcare centers and Televillage centers at transportation hubs. She also conducted studies of goods movement and transit station linkages’ and managed and secured state and federal grants for several transit capital investments that included 12 commuter rail station development projects related to the San Bernardino, Santa Clarita and Ventura lines.
Desiree’s volunteer experience spans over 25 years. Presently she serves as President of NWPC LA Metro Chapter and Crescenta Valley Town Council Co-chair for Streets and Road committee. Desiree is also a current candidate for Crescenta Valley Town Council for the November 2014 election. She was a founding member of Project Amiga, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young at-risk women, men and their families through bilingual and bicultural services in education and training in South El Monte and greater San Gabriel Valley, which provided career opportunities to elevate them to self-sufficiency. Early in her career, Ms. Portillo-Rabinov has also served as a Legislative Analyst for the National Council of La Raza and served as National President of Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional.