Community Affairs

The Community Affairs department is staffed by a director of Community Affairs, a public information officer, two education program coordinators, three community liaisons and an outreach assistant. These eight individuals are responsible for educating the District’s nearly six million residents. The department uses a comprehensive community outreach program that promotes public awareness of District services and educates the public about mosquitoes and vector-borne disease risks through community engagement, educational outreach, city and community partnerships, and traditional and social media outlets.

Public Information and Community Outreach


Director of Community Affairs

Mary-Joy Coburn
Director of Community Affairs

Public Information Officer

Anais Medina Diaz
Public Information Officer

Community Liaison - HK

Helen Kuan
Community Liaison

Community Liaison - CG

Caroline Gongora
Community Liaison

Community Liaison - DG

Diana Gutierrez
Community Liaison

Outreach Assistant

Liliana Moreno
Outreach Assistant

Educational Program – SWAT Lab Team


EPC - FF

Francis Fernando
Program Coordinator

Greg Mercado

Gregory Mercado
Program Coordinator

We offer the following programs for free to District residents and organizations:

Speakers and Events

About_us_commaffairs_booth To schedule a speaker or to have us participate in your next event, please contact Mary-Joy Coburn, Director of Community Affairs, at 562-944-9656 or email [email protected]

Please provide at least a two week notice so that we can better accommodate your requests.

Possible events and speaking opportunities:

  • City council meetings
  • Neighborhood watch groups
  • Service organizations
  • Vector Field Safety Training for businesses impacted by mosquitoes and other vectors
  • About_us_commaffairs_andyatBoothCommunity events such as fairs and concerts in the park

Topics We Cover:

  • Mosquitoes and our Urban Environment
  • What’s the big deal about West Nile virus?
  • How Invasive Mosquitoes are Changing Our Way of Life
  • A Mosquito-free Yard
  • What is Vector Control?

Staff Training: Mosquito Safety

Businesses and agencies are increasingly concerned about the impact of mosquitoes on their employees. Our agency can help employees better understand how their work is related to mosquito control.

Our training are catered to individual needs of organizations. Staff will learn:

• Mosquito biology basics (Why mosquitoes are a problem)
• Mosquito threats (What types of mosquitoes are an issue for them)
• Mosquito control (How to stay safe while working)

The training sessions are usually 45 minutes and are applicable to all employees who work indoors and outdoors.

To schedule a speaker or to have us participate in your next event, please contact Mary-Joy Coburn, Director of Community Affairs, at 562-944-9656 or email [email protected]

Please provide at least a two week notice so that we can better accommodate your requests.

Classroom visits and the Mosquito SWAT Lab

Mosquito SWAT Lab Mobile UnitThe Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District provides free school programs to students and teachers within the District’s service area. The curriculum reflects California’s current public educational standards.

We work in conjunction with the Mobile Science and Vector Education Foundation, based in Santa Fe Springs, California. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, formerly known as the Greater Los Angeles Mosquito and Vector Control Public Health and Educational Foundation.

Free programs offered:

  • Mosquito SWAT Lab school site visits – grade 5
  • In-classroom visits – grades 4-8.
  • Attendance at school events featuring the environment, career days and science

To learn more and to book us for your class or school:

Visit the Mosquito SWAT Lab Website