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President's Greeting

Karriann Farrell-Hinds, Esq., President

2020-2022

It is a tremendous honor to serve as the President of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. Taking the helm of a group during the time of a pandemic could be a daunting task for anyone. Add to the mix the complexities of serving on a volunteer led board that is housed within a governmental department operating under a restrictive quarantine, and it might seem that accomplishing any goals is next to impossible. However, ours is a commission of resilient women with a dedication to public service and commitment to the LACCW’s mission: to represent the interest and concerns of women of all races, ethnic and social backgrounds, religious convictions, sexual orientation and social circumstances and uplift the lives of women and girls across Los Angeles County. So, agreeing to serve in this capacity was not so much a challenge as an exciting opportunity to receive the baton from and continue the work of my predecessors. With the assistance of Commission Services staff in the Executive Office, we adapted to the times and resumed our work under the new normal. In June, we reconvened our standing commission meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month in a virtual format, and elected a new board in July. After working out a few technological kinks, in August we successfully hosted a swearing-in ceremony of our new officers by Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger, as well as a day-long retreat during which each of our standing and ad hoc committees met to review the work accomplished in the previous session and draft recommended priorities by focus area. In September, we anticipate discussing and adopting a new agenda of priorities for the 2020-2021 term, as well as a budget to allow us to continue our work. Some of the goals we seek to accomplish in the coming term include:

  • Convening community meetings to investigate critical health care needs across LA County and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for action;
  • Improving the administration of our expanded scholarship program providing financial support to resilient women advancing their high education goals;
  • Convening community-based service providers and LA County staff to address the needs of women and families suffering from the effects of domestic violence, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Revamping our website to expand access to information about resources and policies impacting women and girls; and,
  • Celebrating the resilience and accomplishments of women across LA County during an adapted “Women of the Year” event for Women’s History Month in March, 2021.

The combined COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis exposed the inequality that continues to pervade our communities and the fragility of our lives, even in a place with an abundance of resources like California. Additionally, Los Angeles County, like much of the country, is in the midst of a racial and social justice reckoning precipitated by the recent deaths of several African Americans at the hands of law enforcement that has forced our elected leaders to respond to constituents’ frustrations about the effectiveness as well as inadequacies of laws and policies addressing the impacts of systemic racism and injustice. As the Board of Supervisors grapple with these issues, the LACCW remains committed to serving as a resource to provide insight into the needs of our communities, as well as a conduit for community engagement, wherever possible. We continue to be inspired by the dedication of the Board of Supervisors to serve the residents of Los Angeles County and are undaunted in our resolve to be the helpers during these times of crisis. Please look for our reports on our work and do not hesitate to reach out to us. We welcome your feedback, data, fellowship, and opportunities for collaboration and partnership, whether through the LACCW website or at commissionforwomen@bos.lacouty.gov. May you and yours be safe and well.


In solidarity,

Karriann Farrell Hinds

President, Los Angeles County Commission for Women

  • District 1
  • District 2
  • District 3
  • District 4
  • District 5

 

FIRST DISTRICT

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

 

ANA MARIA GARCIA, Esq.

Ana Maria Garcia is the Director of Access to Justice Initiatives at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. As the Director of Access to Justice Initiatives, she supervises the largest network of legal aid operated self-help centers in the nation that have assisted over 1.5 Million self-represented litigants through 2018.

She is a member of the Access and Fairness Advisory Group for the Judicial Council of California. Commissioner Garcia represents the 1st District and is the current Chair of the Commission for Women. She is past president of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and received the 2011 Legal Aid Association of California Family Law Direct Representation Award.

 

 

 

IRMA ARCHULETA

Irma Archuleta is an educator, public servant and community activist who has an administrative track record in higher education from the California State University and Community College systems as a Trustee for Long Beach City College. She demonstrated her commitment to students and issues with a focus on educational equity, social justice and student success. Ms. Archuleta worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF) and state and national elected officials on legislation to support the rights of undocumented immigrant students. She is co-founder, member and co-chair of the Leticia A Network (LAN), an immigrant student advocacy group.

 

 

 

BARBARA KAPPOS

Barbara Kappos, LCSW is the Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center in Los Angeles, California. She has over 25 years of experience in the Greater East Los Angeles communities providing services to vulnerable families. Ms. Kappos established a variety of service models based on best practices and culturally relevant interventions. She is an expert in the field of social work and has been influential in the areas of child welfare, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse recovery. Ms. Kappos published several articles and conducted studies in the field of substance abuse, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS.

 

 

SECOND DISTRICT

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

 

Vice President Maria Calix (2nd District Appointee)

María M. Cálix is an Entrepreneur and Actor. She holds an MBA and B.S. in Business Administration. She was appointed to the Commission for Women in 2015 and also serves as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Public Roundtable for Child Care. She is a committee member of the Los Angeles County School District Organization and a member of Rotary. Commissioner Cálix participates in various charity walks and fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. She is a long-term volunteer with the Cub Scouts and has served as an Assistant Cub Master and Den Leader.

 

 

 

DR. REGINA SMITH

Dr. Regina Smith exemplifies fearless leadership through her advocacy for students', women's, and cancer survivor's rights. As a Vice President of Los Angeles Community College District, Dr. Smith faithfully and successfully fights for social justice, educational equity, and inclusion for the underserved. Upon completing her second Master of Arts degree, she wrote a thesis on women of color experience at historically white universities. Dr. Smith's doctoral dissertation from the University of Southern California (USC) was on factors that hinder and promote over 200 women's advancement in higher education. She has also been an educator and leader in health services, as a senior consultant for the California State Legislature Health Committee.
She Chaired the Los Angeles County Baldwin Hills American Cancer Society Relay for Life, where she provided current research and data trends. She was also the lead fundraiser, advocate for cancer survivors and care givers, and educator to the community on cancer prevention. As a Commissioner on Women, Dr. Smith's goal is to create a gateway to educate and build strong alliances and resources to assist women in accessing doors that would otherwise be closed.

 

 

 

COMING SOON

 

 

 

 

THIRD DISTRICT

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

 

President Karriann Farrell-Hinds, Esq. (3rd District Appointee)

Karriann Farrell Hinds has dedicated her career to advocating for equal rights and access to opportunity and services in her community. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Loyola Law School, she has committed her professional life to serving and advocating for others, first as a volunteer attorney with the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, and later as an engaged board member of the ACLU of Southern California. In addition to the ACLU of Southern California, Ms. Hinds serves on the boards of and collaborates with multiple organizations committed to advocating for equal representation of women and people of color in elected and appointed office, as well. Ms. Hinds was appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission for Women in 2015 and was recently appointed as a public member to the California Board of Accountancy. Currently, Ms. Hinds works as a consultant with the Public Policy Institute of Santa Monica College.

 

 

 

JULIE FRIEDMAN, MPH

Julie Friedman has an eclectic background in health education, worksite wellness, early childhood development, and workforce development. She is the director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Education and Research Center. She collaborates extensively with cross-sector partners in reaching vulnerable women in LA County to advance their health status. From working at Planned Parenthood to launching the lactation program for Los Angeles Times employees, women's health issues have been central to her work. Julie helped establish Worksite Wellness LA, a nonprofit organization providing onsite health education to low wage workers, and served as its board chair from 2015-2017.

 

 

 

VANESSA THOMPSON

Vanessa Thompson has been an advocate for the environment from an early age and has dedicated her professional and personal life to environmental issues. Being born and raised in the San Fernando Valley (SFV) to immigrant parents has shaped her aspirations to foster equitable opportunities for underserved youth - especially for Latinas interested in the STEM field. Vanessa is a double bruin - obtaining her Bachelors in Environmental Science and Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA. She is a committed member of Pacoima Beautiful, Latinas in STEM and Society for Professional Engineers with the goal of empowering the voices of people of color. Vanessa was appointed to represent the SFV in the Los Angeles County Commission for Women in 2018. She is a Civil Engineer at Arup by trade and a champion for her community by essence.

 

 

FOURTH DISTRICT

Supervisor Janice Hahn

 

Treasurer Elizabeth Warren (4th District Appointee)

Elizabeth Warren, President & CEO of Dialed-In Partners, connects industry, government, and community on issues relating to goods movement, infrastructure and environment at the local, state, federal and international level. She is passionate about promoting women in non-traditional jobs; is an instructor of global trends in shipping at the Center for International Trade & Transportation at California State University Long Beach; and serves on several boards and academic committees.

Commissioner Warren has two masters degrees in Global Public Policy, from University of Southern California and University of Hong Kong, where she graduated with Distinction. She resides in San Pedro with husband Ken, and in her spare time dotes on their granddaughter, watches auto racing, and drives race cars.

 

 

 

 

Dora Jacildo

Dora Jacildo is the Executive Director of Child Lane, a nonprofit organization providing early childhood education, nutrition, and family support services to children and families in the Long Beach and Harbor communities.

She has a wealth of nonprofit management expertise working with women and children, and is a recognized community leader with past appointments to the Los Angeles County Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development, and the Board of Directors of Child 360. She currently serves as Treasurer of Every Child California, and Chair of the Villages of Cabrillo Collaborative.

Dora has a Master’s degree in Human Development and Social Change from Pacific Oaks College and was formerly part-time faculty at Los Angeles Harbor College. She resides in the city of Lakewood with her old son, Jacob.

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon

 

 

FIFTH DISTRICT

Supervisor Kathryn Barger

 

BRIDGETT L. AMIS

Bridgett L. Amis is a registered nurse and forensic nurse examiner for the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH). She has been a registered nurse for over twenty-five years and has specialized in women’s health. Early in her nursing career, she served in the United States Air Force. Commissioner Amis is currently the manager for the Forensic Service Unit at AVH. She has lived in the Antelope Valley for eighteen years and has been involved with or led a number of different community programs, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, PTA and the Antelope Valley Children’s Choir, a local non-profit community choir.

 

 

 

 

ALICE S. PETROSSIAN

Alice S. Petrossian was appointed in 2011 by 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. She immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. Commissioner Petrossian has multiple Teaching and Administrative credentials, a Masters Degree in Education Administration and has completed course work towards a PH.D. in Educational Policy at the University of Southern California.  She is currently President of the Association of California School Administrators.  Commissioner Petrossian retired from the Pasadena Unified School District as Chief Academic Officer-Deputy Superintendent.  She has a special passion in working for and with disenfranchised, minority and limited English speaking students.  She has a been happily married for over 43 years, has two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

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