The City of Los Angeles currently has more than 50 boards and commissions with more than 300 appointed members who oversee key Los Angeles agencies and advise the mayor on core policies and programs that impact the quality of life for local residents. Decisions taken by these agencies have a major impact on policies and projects throughout Los Angeles.
Communities throughout Los Angeles often feel that their government is not transparent and that they do not have direct access to the government representatives that make decisions that directly affect their lives.
Achieving representation on these boards and commissions to truly reflect the diversity of our communities is often challenging. Elected officials report that they lack qualified pools of candidates with the time, technical expertise and interest to serve on commissions. With Liberty Hill’s long track record of investment in and training of leaders representing so many segments of LA’s diverse communities, and with our long standing relationships with elected and appointed leaders, we are uniquely poisitioned to recruit, train and support a new generation of leaders to serve under the new mayoral administration.
Liberty Hill’s Commissions Training Program will tap the Foundation’s extensive networks to achieve several goals.
- Identify strong, vetted candidates for appointment and support them through the application process.
- Provide prospective appointees with technical and advocacy skills, knowledge and relationships through classroom training, mentoring and networking.
- Continue to support appointees to ensure that they remain connected and responsive to their communities.
Appointees, trained by Liberty Hill's Commissions Training Program, will not only be prepared to meet their day to day responsibilities as commissioners, they will bring fresh thinking and innovative solutions to agency deliberations and decisionmaking and help renew confidence in government.
Our second training event, “The Brown Act and Beyond: Legal and Ethical Issues for Commission and Community Engagement” will be May 14 at 6:00 pm at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Center, 3787 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles CA 90007.
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