Rafael Fontes is an urban planning professional currently working for the city of Los Angeles. In addition to work experience in architectural design, drafting, and project management, time spent volunteering abroad proved formative. Above all, he seeks to combine a professional commitment to the built environment with a love of history. He has both a Master of Heritage Conservation from the USC School of Architecture and a Master of Planning from the Price School of Public Policy at USC. Rafael recently completed his graduate thesis, Gaining a Foothold: Conserving Los Angeles’ Queer Eden(dale).