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



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.





Ana Maria Garcia is a supervising attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. She is a member of the Administrative Office of Court’s Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants; State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness, Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and a member of the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force. Ms. Garcia served on both the Elkins Implementation Task Force and the Family Law Task Force. She is past president of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and received the 2011 Legal Aid Association of California Family Law Direct Representation Award.





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.















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






Elizabeth Warren





Dora Jacildo






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.