Co-CEO and Co-Founder

Cecilia V. Estolano is an expert in sustainable economic development and urban revitalization. The many projects she has directed as co-founder of ELP Advisors include advising local governments, non-profits and foundations on redevelopment dissolution and economic revitalization; overseeing research on green infrastructure and job creation in Philadelphia; and managing complex multi-stakeholder processes, including the creation of economic development implementation plans and the LA 2050 visioning project for the Goldhirsh Foundation. Read more…

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Co-CEO and Co-Founder

Jennifer LeSar is an expert in community development and real estate finance. With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate development and investment banking industries, Jennifer LeSar brings a diverse background to her work in community development and urban revitalization. Her technical expertise spans from policy and program development to comprehensive strategic planning for top executives and executive teams to the origination and underwriting of complex investments in equity funds, multi-family portfolios and historic and low-income tax credit properties utilizing federal and state financing programs. Read more…



Richard France assists our clients with strategic planning, visioning, and community and economic development. His work includes authoring a report on the current state of human development in Los Angeles for the Goldhirsh Foundation (LA2050) and reporting on strategies to foster resilience in Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable communities for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. His work in active transportation includes coordinating a study to improve bike and pedestrian access to transit oriented districts for the County of Los Angeles, and working with the Southern California Association of Governments to host tactical urbanism events throughout the region. Mr. France serves as an Advisor for Investing in Place. Read more…

Autumn Bernstein


Autumn Bernstein is an experienced transportation, housing, and environmental policy professional with exceptional outreach and facilitation skills. As the founding Director of ClimatePlan, Autumn played a key role in implementation of SB 375, California’s groundbreaking sustainable communities law. She is currently finishing a Masters degree in Transportation Policy at UC Davis, where her research examines the interactions between local governments and the State of California to achieve California’s transportation and housing goals.



Cynthia Guzman assists our clients with strategic planning efforts, and specializes in economic development, workforce development, and stakeholder engagement. Her work includes authoring economic development plans for Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena. Currently she is leading a project to promote a bioscience cluster in the Eastside of Los Angeles. Recent work includes engaging and developing recommendations for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on a workforce inclusion program for disadvantaged Californians in the energy efficiency sector. Ms. Guzman received both her Masters of Urban & Regional Planning and her Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA. She is also a 2014-2015 Workforce Development Fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California. Read more…




Jenny joined ELP as a Research Analyst in July 2013. In her current role as Associate, Jenny brings her expertise in real estate development and finance, and knowledge of both market rate and affordable housing deals. She is currently managing a project to assist a foundation develop two Los Angeles County-owned parcels in the historical El Pueblo District of Downtown Los Angeles; the plan envisions a pedestrian-centric paseo with retail, office, and housing. Jenny received both her Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelors in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.



Winnie joined ELP as a Research Analyst in June 2014. In her current role as Associate, she provides research, analysis, and writing in support of various consulting projects, especially ELP’s role as Executive Director for the Westside Cities Council of Governments. Other projects include development in the historical El Pueblo District of Downtown Los Angeles, and market research for a research university. Winnie received her Master of Planning from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics for California State University, Sacramento.




Tulsi joined ELP Advisors in October 2013. In her current role as Senior Associate, Tulsi assists clients in the areas of community and economic development, stakeholder engagement, environmental policy, and program design. Tulsi supports the firm’s role as Executive Director of the LA Bioscience Hub, a nonprofit focused on the creation of a bioscience cluster in East Los Angeles. She is also working with a national foundation to pilot an equitable economic development grant program that provides technical assistance to Southern Cities. Tulsi serves as a Board Member for People for Parks. Read more…



Veronica Cruz assists our clients with community development and social innovation by performing data gathering and analysis and providing research support for professional reports and client presentations. Ms. Cruz has over 10 years of experience in research and data analysis, with an emphasis on synthesizing and interpreting quantitative data using Microsoft Excel. She previously worked as a senior research analyst and supervisor for Zenith Media’s Competitive Intelligence department where she was in charge of research project management and business development. Read more…

Leah Hubbard

Leah Hubbard


Leah joined ELP as a research analyst in January 2016. In this role, she provides research and general project support to ELP staff and clients. Leah has worked in the nonprofit, public, and philanthropic sectors, focusing on community development and stakeholder engagement. Currently, Leah is assisting Eden Housing in mapping the affordable housing landscape in San Diego using ArcGIS software. Prior to ELP, Leah was a VISTA at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, where she managed a neighborhood evaluation project in which she collected, analyzed, and presented housing data that was shared with various stakeholders, including Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Frogtown Rondo Home Fund, and the City of Saint Paul, MN. Leah is currently an M.P.A. candidate at the University of Southern California, and received her B.A. in Sociology and Music from Loyola Marymount University.

Grethel Fuentes

Administrative Assistant

Grethel Fuentes joined ELP Advisors in February 2016 as an Administrator Assistant. In her current role as an Administrator Assistant, she provides a variety of admin assistance to project managers. Currently, she is assisting Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors with various projects. Ms. Fuente’s professional background includes assisting administrators and executives in public and nonprofit businesses to effectively carry out various operational and financial control procedures.