Meet The Team
Governing Board Chair
U.S. Department of Vetran Affiars
Juanita Reta has worked for the federal government for over 30 years. Her VA career includes work in the areas of Recruitment & Staffing, Classification, EEO, Employee Relations and HR automation. Since 2016, Ms. Reta has been the Manager of the VHA Workforce Management & Consulting (WMC) HR Information Systems team, which develops and implements HR software solutions to be used by HR offices nationwide. She currently co-chairs WMC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.
Governing Board Vice Chair
Homeland Security Investigations
Simone Tagne is a Supervisory Criminal Analyst with HSI. She is also the Peer Support Coordinator for HSI Los Angeles, which involves helping her fellow government employee in crisis. She’s an Army veteran with 6 years of active duty experience. When she’s not pursuing criminal cases, she loves spending time with her husband and 18-month old son. Being in a multicultural and multiracial family, Simone is passionate about issues of diversity, representation and social justice reform. She hopes to help make the world a better place for her son, Makalo!
Governing Board Secretary
U.S. Department of Labor
Sylvia Argueta is the Assistant Director for DOL Wage and Hour Division, Las Vegas District. She is entering her twelfth year of federal service with the agency, having started her career as an investigator, eventually transferring to the LA Office as the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a mom to Benjamin who is a sophomore at Cal State Northridge and Reiley who is a sophomore in high school. In her spare time, she enjoys attending outdoor concerts and is a fan of crime show podcasts.
Sylvia is a proponent of fairness in the workplace and does her best to instill inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in her day-to-day decisions.
Steering Committee- Web/Media Development
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Shannon Lane has worked for the federal government for over 20 years. She is team lead for Pesticide Chemistry. Recently she earned a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology which ignited a desire to facilitate a change in the culture of the federal government. She is a project manager helping to build the digital presence for the inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) program. When she is not working on her PsyD, Shannon enjoys roller skating, cosplaying, and spending time with her boys.
Steering Committee- Web/Media Development
U.S. Department of Energy
Erica Gonzalez (pronouns They and She) is a non-binary woman from the borderlands of South Texas and Mexico. Service is one of their core values and they have experience doing Reproductive Justice Work for local and national non-profits in Texas. She also has experience supporting employee resource groups ERGs and developing Diversity & Inclusion Strategic objectives for the Food & Drug Administration. Erica’s current role is a Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a sub-agency of the Department of Energy. There she supports 9 ERGs and is building several leadership development and engagement programs for ERGs. The intention with these programs is to increase ERG impact across BPA by providing the tools necessary to turn these ERGs into self-sustaining organizations that understand how to leverage Executives’ organizational savvy, network, and influence. They have a dog and she also enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, art, music, comedy, and is extremely interested in “energy equity”.
Steering Committee-Discussion & Panel Events
Monique Brewer is an Administrative Officer for the Los Angeles field office of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Monique holds a bachelors from Azusa Pacific University and an MBA from California State University of San Bernardino. She has almost 12 years of experience in the federal government having also worked for NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). While with NASA OIG, Monique realized her passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A) as well as the need to use her platform and voice to become a DEI&A champion. She was a member of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s (CIGIE) DE&I work group, has obtained multiple certificates in DEI&A and continues to learn and educate herself to be the best champion possible to encourage and foster belonging (diversity + equity + inclusion + accessibility =belonging).
Los Angeles Federal Executive Board Sponsor
Ms. Christal Murray is currently detailed to the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board in Long Beach, CA and is the Associate Executive Director. She manages the Diversity and Inclusion Group of Southern California (DIG SoCal), Women Achieving Vision and Empowerment (WAVE), College Outreach efforts including supporting Government to University (G2U) programs, along with a variety of collaborative activities for our 275 Greater Los Angeles Federal Agencies. In her position at Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles AFB, she is the Deputy Director of Talent Management.
Los Angeles Federal Executive Board Intern
Maxwell Bull is a sophomore at Santa Monica College majoring in sociology and plans to transfer to the University of California Irvine in the spring of 2024.
Join Us Today
DIGSoCal members explore opportunities and undertake with diligence and serious purpose those activities in the areas of Government-wide diversity programs, service to the community, and improving the quality of the Federal Government service in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. If you are interested in future Governing Board positions or would like to be a Steering Committee member, please contact us.