Office of Planning
Department of Public Health
County of Los Angeles
313 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 708
Los Angeles, CA 90012
About Us Staff Directory
Gayle Haberman, MPH
Gayle Haberman is the Director of the Office of Planning. Previously, Ms. Haberman worked with the Department of Public Health’s Policies for Livable, Active Communities and Environments (PLACE) Program for 7 years where she managed a program to help low-resourced cities in Los Angeles County make their communities more walkable and bikeable. She also worked with Public Health’s Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program where she coordinated the development of their 5-year strategic plan. Before working for the County, Ms. Haberman worked in the nonprofit sector on a variety of issues including women's economic development, affordable housing and youth development. She co-directed a non-profit organization that assists low-income women to start their own environmentally-safe housecleaning businesses.
Susan Blackwell, MA
Susan Blackwell joined the Office of Planning in September 2011 and is currently the
Assistant Director. Ms. Blackwell has spent her career with the Department of Public Health in
communicable disease control and prevention. She worked in laboratory surveillance at the
Tuberculosis Control and the Sexually Transmitted Disease Programs. Ms. Blackwell
also served in multiple roles at the Immunization Program including coordinator for Women, Infants, and Children's (WIC)
programs, schools, and the California Immunization Registry (CAIR). Ms. Blackwell holds a master's degree in Political Science.
Jocelyn V. Ramirez, MPH
Jocelyn Ramirez joined the Office of Planning as a Senior Manager, Planning & Collaboration in December 2018. Jocelyn's
career has focused on addressing systemic barriers in structurally disempowered communities through partnership,
community engagement, capacity building, systems change, program design and implementation.
Prior to joining the County, Jocelyn was a Program Officer at First 5 LA leading the design and
implementation of place-based and health care investments to improve the health of children prenatal
to age 5,their families and the communities that they live in... Prior to working at First 5 LA,
Jocelyn was a Research and Policy Analyst with the community-based organization, East Yard Communities for
Environmental Justice, leading collaborative efforts with diverse stakeholders to reduce exposure to
industrial air pollution. Jocelyn holds a Master of Public Health degree and a Bachelor of Science
degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with a minor in Health Policy & Management both from the University of Southern California.
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