ABOUT

SmartAirLA is public-private-partnership dedicated to empower communities to improve their health with technology and data. We are a team of experienced technology entrepreneurs, environmental health, and medical experts, along with senior officials from community health agencies, city informatics and neighborhood empowerment groups.
Advisors​
  • Jeanne Holm, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles
  • Michael Kelly, Executive Director, Los Angeles Coalition for Economy and Jobs​
  • Mala Nanda, Executive Advisor, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services 
  • Sande OkeloAssociate Professor of Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Director, Pediatric Asthma Center, ​​David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
  • Harper Reed, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, Former CTO, Obama 2012 Campaign
  • Ilan ShapiroMedical Director of Health Education & Wellness, AltaMed. Board of Governor, L.A. Care
  • Wayne Silby, Founder, Calvert Investments, Board Member, Calvert Impact Capital, Chair, Impact Assets
  • Ted Smith, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Evirome Institute at University of Louisville School of Medicine, Founder of AIR Louisville, Former Louisville Chief Civic Innovation Officer
 
Team

Ray founded SmartAirLA to empower communities to improve their health and environment with data.  Ray has over two decades of expertise in leading partnerships to advance sustainability and clean technology deployment.  Previous roles include FUSE Executive Fellow for civic innovation at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Executive Director of the US-China Energy Cooperation Program, which was recognized by the Obama Administration as a model of US-China cooperation on climate change.   Ray also was an advisor to the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Chairman of AIG Companies in China, and manager of the World Resources Institute’s clean technology incubator.  In addition, Ray was a correspondent for the Economist Intelligence Unit and the South China Morning Post covering China’s international relations, energy and environmental landscape.   Early in his career, Ray was an AmeriCorps service-learning coordinator in an underserved community in South San Francisco.  A native of Los Angeles, Ray holds a BS in Conservation Resources Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Georgetown University.

  • Reyes Barboza Jr, Program Director

Reyes leads the development of the SmartAirLA Asthma Danger Map.  Reyes also consults public agencies and non-profit organizations to implement innovative, vital, high-impact initiatives.  He has more than 15 years of experience in leading urban & public transportation systems planning, project & program management, and community engagement.  He’s co-authored public transportation research for the National Academy of Sciences.  He has successfully managed projects that are national, state, and local scope; and, in urban and rural communities.  Reyes’s recent efforts center around community empowerment initiatives: developed a database for a non-profit to assist with homelessness data collection and to visualize the impacts of services provided; and, in his hometown of, Huron, a farmworker community in the San Joaquin Valley, he established an innovative non-profit and flagship electric vehicle ride-sharing program for immigrant farmworkers.  When he’s not working, Reyes is usually volunteering in efforts to alleviate homelessness.  Reyes holds a Master of City Planning (Transportation Planning) from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Stanford University.