Meet the LA Urban Rangers

Sara Daleiden, Senior Ranger

Ranger Sara was raised in the agricultural outpost of Waukesha, Wisconsin, where her daily walks to school cultivated a deep interest in the pedestrian experience. After brief posts as an artist and organizer in the industrial port of Milwaukee and the civic spaces of Washington, D.C., she migrated to Los Angeles, where she creates public programs and related guides and tools that mobilize people to experience the complex connections between culture and landscape in their urban habitats. Her project Domestic Hollywood offers walking routes and games that highlight the extensive residential redevelopment in that mythic landscape, and her current Being Pedestrian collaboration with Ranger Sara Wookey and the city's Community Redevelopment Agency is a Downtown cultural tourism campaign that again emphasizes our most unusual form of locomotion in L.A.  She also works as a cultural production consultant for clients including  the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Suzanne Lacy, Freewaves, Marc Pally, and Cliff Garten Studio. She received her Master of Public Art Studies degree at USC, serves on the board of the L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and has taught at USC, Otis College of Art and Design, and Woodbury University.

Therese Kelly, Senior Ranger

Ranger Therese began her love affair with maps while stationed in New York, where she produced, edited, and designed numerous field guides of architectural fauna throughout the world for Princeton Architectural Press, as well as several compendia of historical maps of urban environs. Still navigating the intersections of landscape, urban design, architecture, and art, she charted course to Los Angeles in 1999 to work in the creation and care of architecture and the urban landscape. Through her work with architectural firms Moore Ruble Yudell and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, she has planned and designed several major urban spaces in the Los Angeles basin, including the award-winning Grand Park, the Baldwin Hills, and Hollywood and Vine's MTA Plaza. She holds degrees in architecture from Princeton University and UCLA, and currently works off-duty as a freelance designer, editor, and artist, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. She loves winter in LA, when she can see snow-covered Mt. Baldy from her home in Santa Monica.

Jenny Price, Senior Ranger

Ranger Jenny grew up as a girl birder in St. Louis, Missouri near the Gateway Arch in the Mississippi River Valley, and has been stationed in the L.A. basin since 1998.  In addition to her Urban Ranger duties, she works as a nonfiction writer, whose publications include Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in LA,”  and the Green Me Up, JJ advice column on LA Observed, as well as articles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, GOOD, Believer, Audubon, and Sunset. She leads frequent tours of the concrete L.A. River, which is one of her favorite places to hang out in nature in L.A. A Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, she received her A.B. (biology) from Princeton University, where she became a world's expert on the white-winged trumpeters of the Amazon rain forest, and her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she emerged as a world's expert on the plastic pink flamingos of the North American suburban grasslands. She lives on Venice Beach.


Emily Scott, Senior Ranger

Ranger Emily received her first tent at age seven and never looked back. As a young adult, she spent nearly a decade roving the wilds of Utah and Alaska as a National Park Service Ranger, as curious about human ideas of nature as about the terrain she encountered. Eventually, she pitched camp in L.A. to pursue related questions in an academic habitat. In 2010, she completed a PhD in art history at UCLA with a dissertation, “Wasteland: American Landscapes in/and 1960s Art,” which examines the spaces and spatial politics engaged by early land-based artists. A firm believer in interdisciplinary cross-pollination, she is more often sighted in academic departments other than her own: she has taught contemporary art and theory to environmental scientists; organized events about intersections between art and geography; and published and lectured in a range of fields. She recently relocated to her new post in Zürich, Switzerland, where she is collaborating with artist Ursula Biemann and others on a multi-year, visual-research project about global resources as well as co-editing a book on contemporary land-based art. Her work has been supported by major awards/grants from the College Art Association, Graham Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Luce Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Switzer Foundation.


Alex Amerri

Nick Bauch

Amanda Evans

Ron Milam

Ranger Specialists

Peter Alagona

John Arroyo

Lisa Anne Auerbach

Katie Bachler

Allison Danielle Behrstock

Walter Fears

Bill Fox

Cathy Gudis

Maryam Hosseinzadeh

Donna Houston

Chas Jackson

Chris Kahle

Melissa Kaplan

Kevin Michael Key

David Kipen

Ari Kletzky

Joe Linton

Alan Loomis

Michael Parker

Riccarlo Porter

Faith Purvey

Megan Sallabedra

Ronnie Walker

Sara Wookey

Other Specialists

Joe Bruns

Mark Escribano

Roman Jaster

Rachel Lindt

Harvey Opgenorth

Linda Pollack


Los Angeles Poverty Department

Did you know?

Every weekday, Downtown L.A. experiences a mass migration that quadruples the Homo sapiens population.