2019 PMI-LA Trustees

PMI-LA Trustees are comprised of the chapter's past presidents who are actively volunteering with the chapter. With extensive knowledge about PMI and the chapter, they provide historical reference, guidance, and support to the current standing Board. Serving on key committees such as By-Laws Committee, Nomination Committee, Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Committee, Scholarship Committees, Financial Oversight Committee, and Special Projects Committees. We thank them for their constant support, knowledge and PMI experience. They are our guiding light!

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Keith Birch, CSM - 2016

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I am a trustee for the Project Management Institute Los Angeles Chapter. My role is to mentor and guide the current Board of Directors in strategic and operational decisions. In addition, I help develop a path for volunteers to expand and grow their leadership to skills in the professional and volunteer world.

I had the honor and privilege to be voted as the Chapter President in 2016, and have been fortunate to watch our chapter grow over the last 4 years. I started volunteering in 2012 as the Director of the Santa Clarita Meeting. I later became the Associate Vice President of Programs and in 2013, I joined the Board of Directors as the Vice President of Administration in 2014. The following year I was the Vice President of Strategy/President Elect.

My passion for our profession has given me to the opportunity to speak to numerous Project Management Chapters, schools and business organizations around the country to further our growth and expand our network.

Presently I am working as a Project Manager for Molina Healthcare and work on very many exciting and varied projects to support the enterprise. 


AJ Jafari, PMP - 2010


AJ Jafari is currently a Program Manager with Northrop Grumman Corporation a global aerospace and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide. AJ is responsible for enabling strategic programs at the corporate office and the enterprise shared services. AJ has held varying positions of expanding responsibility in Professional Services and Technology Infrastructure with OM Corporation, Data Dimensions, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and NextCom. Mr. Jafari holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University Northridge, an MBA from University of Phoenix and has completed his Project Management certification curriculum at Villanova University.


Barbara Cooke, MBA, PMP - 2008

Barbara Cooke

Barbara has been a member of PMI and PMI-LA since 2001, and a Trustee of the chapter since 2010. She was a member of the Board of Directors from 2006 through 2009, serving initially the Vice President of Marketing for the chapter, followed by Vice President of Strategy/President-Elect, and then President of the chapter in 2008. In addition to her role as an officer of the chapter, she has represented the chapter at multiple PMI national Leadership Institute Conferences and PMI regional Leadership Summits, and served on various chapter committees including the Strategic Planning, Nominations and Bylaws Committees. Barbara has a BA in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Colorado, as well as over 30 years of experience working in Fortune 500 companies, most recently as an independent management consultant. Barbara is also active with her university alumni association, having served 5 years on its national Board of Directors, and currently serving as the president of its Los Angeles alumni chapter.


Ida Harding, PMP - 1999-2000

Ida Harding

Ida Harding is a retired Project Manager who has worked as a Project Manager on a variety of types of projects for IBM and Federal Contracting Services since 1990. She has also worked in computer marketing (IBM) and in higher education administration and instruction at several universities. She has earned her MBA, MA English Linguistics, BS Education, and AbD in Higher Education. She earned her PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from PMI (Project Management Institute) in 1995 and she has been an active member and volunteer in PMI (on the global as well as the chapter, SIG, and community of practice levels) since 1994. She was President of the PMI-LA Chapter for two terms (1999-200 and 2000-2001) and won the PMI Chapter President of the Year for both years. She is currently a Trustee for the chapter and also serves as Council Leader for the PMI Leadership in Project Management Community of Practice. Ida also volunteers for a water charity (Wells Bring Hope) which she helped to found in 2008 and she also facilitates a women’s renewal group.


Chapter Membership

Total Members 2066
New members this year 236
PMP® Members 1153
CAPM® Members 38
PgMP® Members 3
PMI-SP® Members 2
PMI-RMP® Members 8
PMI-ACP® Members 50
PfMP® Members 3
PMI-PBA® Members 8
Breakdown by type  
Individual Members 1946
Student Members 107
Other Members 13
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2019/05/02 - Mega-Project Cost Estimation and Cost Performance

May 2, 2019
Time: 07:45 am - 09:30 am
Category: Downtown LA

2019/05/14 - Agile Essentials & ACP Prep

May 14, 2019 - May 16, 2019
Time: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Category: Professional Development
Location: Master's University

2019/05/16 - 2020 – “DoDo Bird Flight School”: Applying 2019 Lessons Learned to the 2020 Float

May 16, 2019
Time: 07:30 am - 08:50 am
Category: Pasadena
Location: Parsons Corporation

2019/05/16 - USS Iowa Final Assignment

May 16, 2019
Time: 05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Category: Flagship
Location: USS Iowa

2019/05/17 - PMP® Certification Boot Camp

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Time: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Category: Professional Development
Location: Online

2019/05/22 - How to Win Friends & Influence People

May 22, 2019
Time: 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Category: Book Club
Location: Richmond Bar & Grill

2019/06/04 - Getting the Best from Your Team: Expanding the Definition of Expertise

Jun 4, 2019
Time: 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Category: North LA
Location: Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

2019/06/05 - Northridge Networking Mixer

Jun 5, 2019
Time: 05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Category: Networking
Location: Claim Jumpers, Northridge

2019/06/28 - PMI-ACP® 3-Days Online Intensive Bootcamp

Jun 28, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Time: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm
Category: Professional Development
Location: Online

2019/09/07 - PMP®/CAPM® Exam Prep Workshop

Sep 7, 2019 - Oct 19, 2019
Time: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
Category: Training
Location: Online