L.A.'s social justice epicenter since 1976

Train to be a Commissioner

The People's Bridges to Government

You've heard of the Police Commission and the Fire Commission, but as Liberty Hill's researchers discovered when planning our Commissions Training program for our Wally Marks Leadership Institute, not even the wonkiest policy wonks can name all the City's 52 boards and commissions, never mind the many dozens of County and State boards and commissions. And yet these policy-making and advisory bodies made up of non-political experts and residents are one of the most important—and powerful—cornerstones of regional government.

Thank you for your interest in training to serve on a government commission or board. Our trainings are designed for current and future commissioners as well as community leader advocates. Trainings feature expert panelists, discussions, and hands-on training. Liberty Hill's Commissioner Training program is designed to ensure that Los Angeles has strong civic leaders to serve on all the boards and commissions making decisions every day that will be good for all of our communities.

With roots in the Progressive Era (1890-1920), commissions are a bridge between residents and professional politicians. Their appointed members (more than 300 in L.A. City alone) oversee key city agencies and advise elected officials and government employees on core policies and programs that impact the quality of life for all of our local residents.

Participants are drawn from all sectors of Liberty Hill's networks of supporters, staff and Board members, and community partners.

4th Commissions Training Program for Emerging Leaders

Liberty Hill Foundation is launching its 4th Commissions Training Program for Emerging Leaders this winter. This program is a cohort-driven, hands-on learning experience that incorporates Liberty Hill's specialized knowledge of the commission appointment process, commissions decision-making process and both internal and external strategies for influencing just policy outcomes. Participants will benefit from opportunities to interact with experienced current and past advocate commissioners and effective, knowledgeable community organizations.

Space is limited, as 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.

Please download the application (DOCX). Applications are due January 12, 2018.

We will be hosting three informational webinars on December 7th from 9 to 10 a.m., December 8th from 12 to 1 p.m., and December 12th from 4 to 5 p.m., which will cover the application process and speak to the program curriculum. Please RSVP for your preferred webinar session here.

For information about future trainings, please fill out and submit the form below, which will be sent to Liberty Hill training staff.