President's Greeting

Ana Maria Garcia, Esq.

Ana Maria Garcia, President


Welcome visitors, allies, advocates and learners to the website of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women (“LACCW”). I am Ana Maria Garcia, proud daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, lawyer, and advocate, honored to serve as the President of this amazing body of women leaders and eager to partner to lift issues affecting women and girls in our County. This Commission is comprised of 15 members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors and dedicated to advancing gender equity for all communities and Departments of Los Angeles County.  Our Commission meets monthly and supports countless efforts on behalf of the Board of Supervisors and our county residents.  Our committees and working groups focus on issues of health, education, eliminating violence against women and girls, public relations/social media and policy and legislation are vigilant about LACCW mission and goals. Every Commissioner is a warrior for gender justice and works to improve the quality of life for our residents. Please plan to join us at our Annual Woman of the Year Luncheon on March 11, 2019 where we celebrate the success and contributions of phenomenal women throughout the County.  This event raises funds to support Resilience Scholarships to affirm and empower young women working to achieve their educational goals. This inspirational event welcomes volunteers and sponsors. Please contact our wonderful staff – Cesar Hernandez, Roy Sinclair or Shawna Kuhns at (213) 974-1455 for more information. I invite you to stay involved in our work.  Please do visit again to learn about opportunities to participate and get involved with us to help the County of Los Angeles move forward! In the spirit of hope, Ana Maria Garcia

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Supervisor Hilda L. Solis


ANA MARIA GARCIA, Esq. President

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 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, 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.




Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas



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 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.










Supervisor Sheila Kuehl



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 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 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.



Amy Howorth


Amy Howorth is the former Mayor of Manhattan Beach and served for 8 years as a Councilmember. She was first elected in 2007 to the Manhattan Beach School Board. Before serving on this Commission, she was a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families.

She is a Board Member of South Bay Families Connected, an organization dedicated to improving the social and emotional wellness of South Bay youth with services to 90 local schools. She is also a Board Member of Beach Cities Friends of Habitat for Humanity. She is very proud to have been featured speaking out against hate and prejudice in the film “Not in Our Town, Manhattan Beach,” which focused on a suspected hate crime in Manhattan Beach.

Amy was awarded the Assembly District 66 Woman of the Year in 2018 by Assembly member Al Muratuschi and in 2014, she was recognized as an outstanding leader by National Women’s Political Caucus of Los Angeles.



Elizabeth Warren


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.





Supervisor Kathryn Barger



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 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.





Becky A. Shevlin was appointed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Fifth District, in 2010. In 2012, she was elected to the position of Vice President. Commissioner Shevlin is a member of the Monrovia City Council and sits on numerous Civic Boards and Commissions addressing transportation, housing, economic and community development issues as well as serving on various Community nonprofit organizations and teaching Sunday School.  Commissioner Shevlin worked as a legal assistant for over 37 years and holds a real estate sales license. In September, 2012, she was honored as one of Business Life Magazine’s “Women Achievers”.  Her commitment and involvement has always been heart felt and based on her sincere desire to serve the entire Community.