Liberty Hill's Commission Training Program: Ensuring Los Angeles has strong leadership that makes good decisions for all communities.

Guest Panelists Announced!
Last Day to Register is April 3!

2015 Commissions Training Program

Liberty Hill will be launching its 2015 Commissions Training Program with a full-day training focused on Los Angeles County Commissions.

This session will gather community leaders from across sectors who are interested in serving on an appointed public commission. Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of commission-level decision-making for building equity for all L.A. County residents, and will walk away with a clear sense of opportunities for commission service, how to get appointed, and how to leverage strategies for accomplishing equity outcomes once seated. Throughout the day, sessions will be facilitated by well-known L.A. County advocates who have served on county commissions, worked with L.A. County elected officials, and staffed county agencies. Subsequent training events on boards and commissions advocacy will take place throughout the 2015 calendar year.

Guest panelists include Tanzila Ahmed – Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Larisa Casillas – Oakland Citizen’s Review Board, Cielo Castro – Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, Jenny Chheang – The California Endowment, Jennifer Ito – USC PERE, Torie Osborn – Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Alberto Retana – Community Coalition, Sandra Figueroa-Villa – El Centro del Pueblo, and Vincent Jones – Reinvent Communications.

April 17, 2015
9:30am - 4:30pm

Location: LA84 Foundation
2141 W. Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Parking: Ample street parking is available

Application Deadline: April 3, 2015

Cost: Cost to participate is $150 if you register by April 3. If you are a current grantee of Liberty Hill, admission is free. A limited number of scholarships will be available.
Application and scholarship guidelines and can be downloaded here.(Word Doc)

Seating is limited.

If you’ve submitted your application to and been approved, please make your payment here.

For more information, please call 323.556.7206  or email

2nd Commissions Training Program for Grassroots Leaders

With a near 40-year track record of investment and training among LA’s diverse community leadership, Liberty Hill Foundation is launching its 2nd Commissions Training Program for Grassroots Leaders.

Appointees trained by the program will not only be prepared to meet their day-to-day responsibilities as commissioners, but also bring fresh thinking and innovative solutions to agency deliberations and decision making and help renew confidence in government. Participants will benefit from opportunities to interact with experienced current and past advocate commissioners and effective, knowledgeable community organizations. Participants will engage in opportunities for learning, networking, placement preparation, and technical support and mentoring with inside and outside advocates from the city, the county, and beyond.

Space is limited. The cohort will consist of 12 to 15 individuals. Those selected commit to interact in movement-building work to bring about more equitable decision-making on the City and County of Los Angeles appointed boards and commissions.

Applications are due March 20, 2015.
Download the Application (PDF).

Please contact Michelle Lin at if you are interested in registering to attend or have any questions about the program.

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.

  1. Identify strong, vetted candidates for appointment and support them through the application process.
  2. Provide prospective appointees with technical and advocacy skills, knowledge and relationships through classroom training, mentoring and networking.
  3. 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.

For more information, please email