Katherine Hennigan and Nicole Kuklok-Waldman have been collaborating to create innovative solutions to government challenges for over a decade.
Katherine Hennigan Ohanesian
Katherine Hennigan is a founding partner at ColLAborate, where she specializes in land use and government affairs. She achieves positive results for clients by listening and knowing who can best and most efficiently obtain key objectives.
Prior to founding the firm, Kate spent more than twelve years serving the City of Los Angeles in various capacities, most recently as Economic Development and Legislative Director for Councilmember Paul Koretz. Kate advised and represented Councilmember Koretz regarding business retention, job creation, transportation policy and economic development.
In this capacity, Kate advised the Councilmember on important legislative issues such as wage theft prevention and minimum wage increase proposals, and served as his liaison to the local business community. Her responsibilities also included monitoring the activities of various departments and committees - including the Council Transportation Committee; the Council Budget Committee; the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department; Economic Development Committee; Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee; and the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Kate previously served as a Senior Policy Director in the Office of Economic and Business Policy for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where she was responsible for the Hollywood film and entertainment community.
In addition to her work, Kate is actively involved with several nonprofit organizations, including “Women Against Gun Violence,” where she has served as Board Chair.
Kate earned her Master’s Degree in International Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California, and holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University. Click here to contact Kate.
Nicole Kuklok-Waldman advocates for businesses to ensure the best results for her clients. From regulatory challenges to development projects, Nicole specializes in a comprehensive advocacy approach and is known for integrating community outreach, communication with elected officials and community leaders, and honesty backed up by evidentiary support, to ensure a positive and desired result.
Prior to founding ColLAborate, Nicole practiced Land Use Law at major law firms in Los Angeles. Her practice included management and entitlement of highly-visible and controversial development projects; plan approvals, modifications, and compliance with existing entitlements; strategic advice; managing teams of consultants on large scale land use projects; and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance and review. She was integral in the entitlement of a large project in Beverly Hills, including a five star hotel and luxury residential units, and has worked on a variety of projects including shopping centers, museums, hotels, visitor-serving uses, and residential projects. Several of her projects have survived CEQA challenge or referendum efforts.
Nicole specializes in historic preservation and related issues. She is readily familiar with historic preservation laws and policies at the national, state and local levels, and has specific expertise in the historical development of Los Angeles and mid-century architecture and design. Nicole successfully defeated a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument nomination for a 1960s resource building at the Cultural Heritage Commission, and defeated the nomination of a 1960s resource building at City Council. She has also consulted with property owners and trustees regarding potential historic designations.
She has also worked on numerous projects subject to the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission and successfully settled a Coastal Commission appeal against a Malibu shopping center. Nicole has worked on numerous regulatory approval processes required for different land uses across the region, and is often brought in to work with neighbors to gain approval and/or settlement of difficult issues.
Nicole graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, where she teaches Planning Law and Entitlement at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Lusk Center for Real Estate. Nicole is also a licensed real estate broker. She lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband, Stuart Waldman, children, and rescue labs, Max and Roxy. Click here to contact Nicole.