In her work with the Commission, Dr. Monica Lomeli works with government agencies, law enforcement, and community organizations to reduce hate crime and violence in the County. She was the lead staff member in developing a best practices report for law enforcement agencies in their hate crime outreach and response. Dr. Lomeli manages the hate crime database, conducts data analyses, and supports the production of the annual Hate Crime Report. She also utilizes GIS software to create maps and spatial-visual analyses of hate crimes. Dr. Lomeli joined the Commission in 2015.
In her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Lomeli studied the racial and class implications of redevelopment and gentrification in downtown Los Angeles. She interviewed and built relationships with old-time Latina/o business owners, indigenous Skid Row residents, and loft residents to improve intergroup relations. Dr. Lomeli teaches college courses on Crime and Delinquency, Race and Ethnicity, Juvenile Justice and more as Adjunct Professor of Sociology.
Dr. Lomeli holds a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Urban Sociology and Racial and Ethnic Relations and an M.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Sociology of Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She obtained bachelors’ degrees in Anthropology and Behavioral Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants from Zacatecas and was raised in South Los Angeles. In her spare time, she teaches community gardening classes and is an organic urban farmer.