Tina Y. Choi is a Partner at Englander, Knabe & Allen. She specializes in government and entitlement advocacy and consulting. Ms. Choi has extensive experience in the development community, both in the Public and Private Sector. Ms. Choi guides and counsels clients on navigating the myriad development approval processes and acts as the interface with political agencies and community associations. Current and prior clients include Capitol Records/EMI, SBE Hotel/Nightlife/Restaurant Group, Gerding Edlen/South Group Development, Equinox Fitness, NASCAR/Turner Sports Interactive, EA Electronic Arts, Mani Brothers, Famima Convenience Stores, Chick-Fil-A Restaurants, Maguire Properties, CIM Development Group, Sushi Roku/Innovative dining group, Lennar, Warmington Homes, Gerding/Edlen Development, SBE/Phillipe Starck Development, Shinyong, Conquest Student Housing Development, and Accord Interests. Project profiles range from high rise mixed use residential, hotel and restaurants and industrial park developments.
Previously, Ms. Choi was the Vice President of Public and Governmental Affairs at Playa Vista, one of the largest urban developments in the Country, encompassing 1,087 acres. In this capacity, Ms. Choi interacted with City, State and Federal electeds and agencies, and was successful in guiding the Playa Vista project through 50 legislative hearings, all with a unanimous approval voting record. She played an instrumental role in obtaining the first building permit to be issued for the project site which involved over 15 individual builders.
Prior to Ms. Choi’s tenure at Playa Vista, she served in City of Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan’s administration for 8 years in the positions of Assistant Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Social Services, Economic Development Deputy and Director of International Trade for the City of Los Angeles.
As Assistant Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Social Services, Ms. Choi was the Mayor’s liaison with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Recreation and Parks Department, Library Department, Department of Cultural Affairs and Heritage, Department of Aging, and the Department of Animal Regulation. In this capacity, she conducted policy analysis on Departmental operations, budget and privatization opportunities. As Economic Development Deputy to the Mayor, Ms. Choi was instrumental in leading the City’s programs to assist critical key Los Angeles businesses in retention, expansion and assistance efforts. Notable accomplishments in this capacity included the retention of Toyota Motor Sales, Viking Office Products, Steelcase office, and Belken Computers in the City of Los Angeles. She also played a key role in the revitalization of Hollywood, the conversion of former defense manufacturing property owned by Boeing and Lockheed into industrial parks in the Harbor Gateway and the revitalization of an inner city urban core named Mid-Wilshire Centre/Koreatown which included AROMA SPOREX, the first build-to-suit development project of its scale in the area.
Ms. Choi also served as the Director of International Trade for the City of Los Angeles and the Mayor working with numerous trade organizations including the United States Department of Commerce, State of California Trade and Commerce Agency, World Trade Center Association, the Consular Corps, and the USC International Business Education and Research Center. Ms. Choi also played a key role in the representation of Los Angeles in the GATT (General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade) negotiations at the White House, participating in a private briefing of Mayor Richard J. Riordan and Senator Bob Dole and Chief of Staff to the President, Leon Panetta.
In addition to her professional career, Ms. Choi served as board member/advisor to a diverse group of non-profit, community and trade associations. Current and past affiliations include the Ketchum Downtown YMCA, Jr Achievements, USC IBEAR, Korean American Coalition, Trade Advisory Committee to the City of Los Angeles, World Trade Center Association, Foreign Trade Association, and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. She recently completed service as a South Valley Area Planning Commissioner, an appointed position by Mayor James Hahn and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently a member of the One Stop Development Committee which oversees discretionary funds to enhance development approval services of various City agencies including Planning Department, Building and Safety Department, Fire Department and Public Works.
Ms. Choi received her degree in Political Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and is an immigrant from South Korea and long time resident of Los Angeles.