Who we are

Since 2016, we have been convening a cross-disciplinary group of academic and industry experts and the general public to explore the impacts AI, machine learning, and other frontier technologies have on our personal and professional lives.

Artificial Intelligence Los Angeles (AI LA) is a public benefit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; supporting the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) communities of the Greater Los Angeles area. 

Our mission is to catalyze innovation through education, conversation, and collaboration. Our dedicated community explores the impacts of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and other emerging technologies on humanity. We offer guidance and create professional and industry development opportunities by delivering programs and initiatives—on contemporary topics and multidisciplinary applications of AI— to serve our region. 

On this journey, we have helped many professionals and organizations find jobs, business partners, new hires, funding, friends, lovers (yep), and a general sense of belonging.  

Since 2016, we have been trusted conveners of cross-disciplinary groups of academics, industry experts, and the general public to explore the impacts of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other frontier technologies, on our personal and professional lives. So far, we have hosted over 100 in-person and virtual events; including panel discussions, technical workshops, hackathons, design workshops, summits, symposia, and (soon) citizen science projects.

Our story has only begun, and we hope you'll join us, as we transform the Greater Los Angeles region into a hub for responsible AI research, development, and application.



Program Manager, Earth Summit

Emy Li

Currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Applied and Computational Mathematics and Economics. She is passionate about green innovation and hopes to combine her interests in technology, entrepreneurship, and sustainability to create positive environmental and social impact.

Program Manager, IDEAS

Jenna Fuentes

Jenna is an innovative, creative, and international community builder who is passionate about facilitating belonging, cross-pollinating industries as well as creating solutions for social impact.She has over 15 years’ experience in enhancing hundreds of programs, events, and partnerships for clients in the higher education, accelerator, arts, and nonprofit sectors. Working for an edtech startup that scaled and exited in three years, combined with working abroad in Spain and Argentina changed her life, worldview, and her approach to solving problems.

Head of Design, Open Innovation Studio

Rachel Joy Victor

Rachel Joy Victor is a strategist and designer working with emerging technologies. Her strategy work aligns brand, product, and content strategy, centering user engagement and experience throughout. She designs systems architectures and user experiences--from tools and platforms to spaces and cities to narratives and immersive content. Rachel draws from degrees in computational neuroscience and spatial economics and data analysis to align emergent systems and human behavior in her work.

Executive Director and President

Todd Terrazas

As an innovator in the tech information and education space, Todd focuses on creating a robust ecosystem of resources and collaborative partnerships that can enhance LA's AI literacy, catalyze innovation, and advance workforce development opportunities.

Board of Directors

Vice President

Ross Mead

Founder and CEO of Semio and the Vice President of the AI LA Community. Ross's research focuses on multimodal natural language processing in face-to-face human-robot interaction, resulting in more than 40 peer-reviewed publications supported by over $10-million in grants for which he was a primary contributor.

Executive Director and President

Todd Terrazas

As an innovator in the tech information and education space, Todd focuses on creating a robust ecosystem of resources and collaborative partnerships that can enhance LA's AI literacy, catalyze innovation, and advance workforce development opportunities.

Treasurer and Secretary

Shawn Poiley

Shawn Poiley is the Founder/CEO of Receptor—a business incubator focused on digital health. He is a 16-year Disney/Marvel alum with deep experience in strategy and marketing. Shawn has served on the board of AI LA since 2018. He holds a BS. Accounting and an MBA from the University of Florida, and is a Masters candidate (expected graduation May 2022) in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology at USC’s Iovine and Young Academy.

Margeaux Randolph

Margeaux is an innovator in the edtech sector. She is cofounder of Kr8 Ventures, a software development company and edtech incubator for early stage startups. Kr8’s programs focus on equity-centered, engineering design thinking to build products that transform learning and the way education institutions operate. She is passionate about AI in the classroom, data science and virtual reality innovations. Margeaux is also creator of C-Tech, a STEAM school in South LA, and board member at CalCreative Learning Academy.

Lara Jeremko

Lara Jeremko is Founder & CEO of Beyond Ventures, a strategic investment and advisory firm partnering with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, brands and creatives. She advises Pivotal Ventures, the incubation and investment company founded by Melinda French Gates. Lara also led the XR Education Prize Challenge funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Lara was an investment officer managing a $1.5 billion venture fund portfolio at the University of Texas endowment assets, and a private equity analyst at Credit Suisse.

advisory board


Vince Lynch

PARC, Head of AI Solutions


Microsoft, GM - AI Platform - Cloud + AI Division

Maria Alvarez


Lawrence Mansour

Starburst Aerospace, Accelerator Program Director

Elizabeth Reynolds

UCLA, Chair Department of Computational Medicine

Eleazar Eskin

NKP.AI. Founder

David Herman

I have over 12 years of experience researching and managing data/algorithms in: psychometrics, human-machine interaction, psychophysics, biophysics, robotics, MRI, image processing, machine vision, time-series algorithms, matching, recommendation, & reinforcement algorithms, animal-models, control systems, cost-optimization models, and iterative bayesian methods.

Verdant AI, CEO

Brian Dolan


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