Meet the LA Urban Rangers

Cathy Gudis, Ranger

Ranger Cathy Gudis


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 at Therese Kelly Architecture & Urban Design, and 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 serves on the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board. She loves winter in L.A., 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 mostly in the L.A. basin since 1998. In addition to her Urban Ranger duties, she inhabits the ecosystem generally of public arts and humanities, where she is the author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in LA,” and the Green Me Up, JJ not-quite advice column on LA Observed. Her projects on two of the Rangers’ favorite places—the LA River and the Malibu beaches—include lots of river tours (to 2013); the Our Malibu Beaches mobile app; and the 2014-15 Play the LA River with her Project 51 collective. A Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, she has also been spotted since 2012 outside the Pacific Flyway, as a resident artist at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, where she created a what-is-nature Nature Trail; as a Fellow variant at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center and at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich; and as the visiting environmental humanities human at Princeton University. She has temporarily alighted in Princeton, where she is teaching and also working on a handbook, Stop Saving the Planet!--& Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists


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. In 2000, she pitched camp in Los Angeles to pursue related questions in an academic environment, eventually earning a PhD in art history from UCLA in 2010. A firm believer in interdisciplinary cross-pollination, she is often sighted in departmental habitats 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 is currently posted in the architecture department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), at a campus perched atop an urban hill populated by cows, sheep, and Nobel Prize-winning scientists alike. Her primary interpretive media these days are writing and teaching, on topics ranging from contemporary art and land use politics to nature in the post-natural age, eco-aesthetics, and geographies of climate change. She is also a core participant in World of Matter (2011-), an international research project by artists and theorists on global resource ecologies. Her work has been supported by major grants and awards from Creative Capital (with the Andy Warhol Foundation), the College Art Association, Graham Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Luce Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Switzer Foundation.


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 instigator of the arts and community organizing in the industrial port of Milwaukee, near her hometown, and the civic spaces of Washington, D.C., she migrated to Los Angeles to create residencies, public programs and related guides and tools that mobilize people to experience the complex connections between culture and landscape in their developing habitats. Currently she lives a bi-regional life to produce MKE<->LAX, which investigates cultural exchange between two American regions, with Milwaukee and Los Angeles as epicenters. In Milwaukee, she encourages production of an active trail network with committed stewards through the The Milwaukee Method of Creative Placemaking with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, as an alternative path for mobility through the city to encourage acceptance and growth of the diverse cultural ecosystem effervescing there. In Los Angeles, her project Domestic Hollywood offers walking routes and games that highlight the extensive residential redevelopment in that mythic landscape, and her Being Pedestrian collaboration with Ranger Specialist Sara Wookey and the former Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles is a Downtown cultural tourism campaign that again emphasizes our most unusual form of locomotion in L.A. She also works on cultural production initiatives with trustworthy collaborators such as America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Community Arts Resources, A Dallas Drinking Fountain, Freewaves, Friends of Blue Dress Park, Habeas Lounge, IN:SITE, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Suzanne Lacy, Watts House Project, and West of Rome. She received her Master of Public Art Studies degree at USC and has taught at USC, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Public Practice Program, and Woodbury University.


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

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.