Former Executive Board Members



Julie Jacobe
Administrator 2018-2019
Julie Jacobe joined the Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division in LA Sanitation as a Management Analyst in 2014, where she had been working alongside long-time LARA Administrator, Nady Maechling, until Nady’s recent retirement. Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Ecology from UC Irvine and has completed the Certificate in Sustainability from UCLA Extension in June 2018.






Karen Coca
Executive Director, 
2004 – 2018
Karen Coca retired as the Division Manager for the Solid Waste Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD), LA Sanitation in the City of Los Angeles after 25 years of service. She created LARA with 14 Charter Members, the first in the Southern California region, and she has served as the Executive Director since 2004, when LARA was formally recognized by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (now CalRecycle). She served as the SRCRD Division Manager since 2008 and has successfully implemented many critical programs for the City of LA, including the new franchise hauler system, recycLA. Blue bins are now available to all commercial customers and the franchise contracts will reduce waste to landfills by 1 million tons each year. Karen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Cal State Northridge. 



Nady Maechling
Administrator, 2004 – 2018
Nady Maechling retired as an Environmental Engineering Associate II for LA Sanitation after 29 years of service. She worked alongside Karen Coca as the Administrator since the beginning when they built LARA in 2002. She also served as the AB 939 Compliance Administrator and was responsible for many successful projects for the City of LA including the Zero Waste report which calculated the City of LA’s current diversion rate at 76.4%. Nady has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Long Beach State University.