Meet the Docents Part I: Introducing the faces of Trekking LA

Trekking LA could not be possible without our host of incredible docents who lead tours around the areas of the city they know best. We’d like to introduce some of the amazing people that make the program possible.

Malissa Strong, docent for Boyle Heights

Malissa is originally from a small suburb of Chicago, but for the past 12 years has lived in Los Angeles from Marina del Rey to Boyle Heights. Malissa served as president of the Boyle Heights Historical Society, and is currently on the budget committee of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council. She decided to participate in the Neighborhood Docent Program “to infuse the current mythology of Boyle Heights with a historical context.”

 

Elson Trinidad, docent for East Hollywood

Elson is a native 40-year resident and proud product of East Hollywood. He describes himself as “the Filipino kid who grew up listening to black music in an Armenian neighborhood where people spoke Spanish and ate Thai food.”

Dedicated to his community for over half his life, he served on the L.A. City Youth Advisory Council during Mayor Tom Bradley’s term. Inspired by volunteer efforts to clean up damage following the 1992 L.A. Riots and a cleanup event in nearby Echo Park in the mid 1990s, Trinidad started a community improvement association in his neighborhood and organized community cleanups of his own, and more importantly led the effort to identify the area as “East Hollywood.” In 2001, he led the formation of the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, successfully taking it to its certification by the City in 2007, and served as its first president. Throughout, he has been an activist and advocate for cultural tourism, bicycling/pedestrian/transit issues, youth & education issues and environmental sustainability. He also serves on the boards of the Thai Community Development Center, Make Music L.A. and the L.A. Dodgers Community Advisory Committee. Outside of his community endeavors, Trinidad is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician, social media consultant and writer.

 

Edgar Morales, docent for MacArthur Park

“Becoming an asset to the community is a privilege, but knowing that we are impacting our future generations creates a fulfillment that is priceless.”

Edgar Morales is a 19-year-old student of California State University Los Angeles, currently pursuing a double major in Civil Engineering and International Business. Edgar works with local nonprofit organizations as a tutor, mentor and advisor. He comes from a family of Hispanic heritage, and claims a strong connection with MacArthur Park. He decided to get involved with LA Commons and Trekking LA in order to display the beauty of MacArthur Park to other communities in Los Angeles. “One of my fulfillments in life is helping others to dream,” states Edgar, and he thinks that the Neighborhood Docent Program is a crucial program, since he will be able to open up the neighborhood to anyone who wants to learn and explore.

 

Angela Romero, docent for San Pedro

Angela Romero is the owner of Townee Tours, San Pedro’s only walking tour company. Born and raised in San Pedro, Angela has made it her life’s mission to preserve and promote the history and culture of her beloved hometown. Her biggest project to date is San Pedro Block by Block where she walked every street in town over the course of nine months and chronicled it in a blog, www.sanpedrobxb.com. Angela also contributes to the local monthly magazine San Pedro Today.

 

Stay tuned for more bios!