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Karen BassMAYOR (1ST WOMAN MAYOR IN 241 YEARS OF LA CITY)
Karen Ruth Bass is an American politician, social worker and former physician assistant who is serving as the 43rd mayor of Los Angeles since 2022. A member of the Democratic Party, Bass had previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2022, representing California's 33rd congressional district from 2011 to 2013 and California's 37th congressional district from 2013 to 2022. She also served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010 and spent her final term serving as speaker.
Holly J. MitchellLA COUNTY BOARD SUP. 2nd DISTRICT
Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell currently serves on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. As the daughter of parents who were public servants and a third-generation Angeleno, Mitchell leads with a deep understanding of the vital safety net LA County provides to millions of families and is committed to ensuring that all residents can thrive.
Hilda SolisLA COUNTY BOARD SUP. 1ST DISTRICT
Hilda Lucia Solis is an American politician and a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the 1st district. Solis previously served as the 25th United States Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013, as part of the administration of President Barack Obama.
Lindsey HorvathLA COUNTY BOARD SUP. 3RD DISTRICT
Lindsey Patrice Horvath is an American politician, advertising executive, and activist who is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the 3rd District, which covers the San Fernando Valley, and is the Chair Pro Tem of Los Angeles County. She was previously a Councilmember for West Hollywood, California and was twice the mayor.
Janice HahnLA COUNTY BOARD SUP. 4TH DISTRICT
Janice Kay Hahn is an American politician serving as the member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from the 4th district since 2016 and Chair of Los Angeles County since 202
Kathryn BargerLA COUNTY BOARD SUP. 5TH DISTRICT
Kathryn Ann Barger-Leibrich is an American politician, serving as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the 5th District since 2016. A member of the Republican Party, Barger served as Chair of Los Angeles County from 2019 to 2020.
HYDEE FELDSTEIN SOTO1ST WOMAN ELECTED as LA CITY ATTORNEY
Hydee Feldstein Soto is the 43rd Los Angeles City Attorney, elected in November 2022 and sworn into office in December 2022. She is the City’s general counsel and serves as legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council, and to the hundreds of boards, departments, officers and entities that make up the City of Los Angeles.
Eunisses HernandezLA CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 1
Eunisses Hernandez is an American activist and politician, currently serving as a member of the Los Angeles City Council for the 1st district since 2022. A member of the Democratic Party and the Democratic Socialists of America, Hernandez defeated incumbent councilmember Gil Cedillo in an upset in the 2022 election
NITHYA RAMANLA CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 4
Nithya Raman is an urban planner and member of the Los Angeles City Council representing District 4. She has worked on homelessness for many years, co-founding the SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition and serving as vice chair of the city council’s Housing Committee
Katy Young-YaroslavskyLA CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 5
Katy is an experienced policymaker and coalition builder, climate attorney, and a mom to three young kids.
MONICA RODRIGUEZLA CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 7
Monica Rodriguez became the third Latina in the City’s history to serve on the Los Angeles City Council on July 1, 2017, to represent the district she’s called home her entire life.
HEATHER HUTTLA CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 10
Heather Hutt serves as the Councilwoman for the Tenth District. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hutt is the first woman in history and the first black woman to be appointed as a voting member for the district
Traci ParkLA CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 11
Traci Park is an American attorney and politician, who is the Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 11th District since 2022
Mame Toucouleur MbayeCONSUL GENERAL/PEACE AMBASSADOR SENEGAL
Mame is currently The Honorary Consul of Senegal in Los Angeles and a Peace Ambassador appointed by the Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative GPPI. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Civilization, Literature, that broadened her background in Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics where she developed her skills in four languages: French, English, Spanish and Wolof.
Daphna E. ZimanCEO/FOUNDER-JUSTICE for WOMEN/AUTHOR/CINEMA'/FOUNDER
Daphna E. Ziman is an activist, NY Times Best Selling author and writer/director, children’s advocate, and political activist. She is the President of Cinémoi Tv Network, and devotes her time to improving and protecting the lives of women, children and foster youth
Simone S BraniganSr. VP, PRIVATE CLIENT ADVISOR - BANK OF AMERICA
Simone S. Branigan is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor at Bank of America Private Bank, based in Los Angeles. She works closely with clients to address a range of wealth management and institutional asset management needs. She leads a team of Bank of America Private Bank specialists who work in concert to design and implement tailored financial strategies in investment management, trust and estate planning services, liquidity-event strategies, lending and philanthropy.
Ericka KellyCHIEF MASTER SERGEANT/COMMAND CHIEF
Chief Master Sergeant Ericka Kelly is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. She represents the highest level of enlisted leadership in the command, advising the commander on all matters concerning the health, morale, welfare and effective management of more than 55,000 active duty and reserve enlisted members at more than 66 locations.
Phillipa JohnsonCOMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES COALITION OF AMERICA
Presently Phillipa Johnson is a management consultant for non-profit organizations and Preschool Programs. She supports strengthening management systems enabling them to improve lives for community citizens. She serves on the Board of Directors for Nehemiah Project LA, a transitional program for former foster care youth; Diversity Lifts, a birthing and coaching program for pregnant women of color.
Marie Lemelle MBASocial Change Activist/Playwright/Global Media Director
Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA is an activist, global entrepreneur, visionary, award-winning journalist and public relations consultant. She champions her philosophy “Transform Goals to Greatness” through her branding, marketing and public relations expertise as the CEO and founder of minority woman, SBE, DBE certified Platinum Star Public Relations, Inc. Marie has spearheaded the advancement of diversity and inclusion to empower women and vulnerable communities through her business Platinum Star Media Group, Inc., a film production and talent management company. Marie is a former City of Glendale Commissioner for the Commission on the Status of Women. Currently, Marie serves on the board for the YWCA Glendale-Pasadena and advocates for the empowerment of women and to end racism. She tells culturally relevant stories as a screenwriter and playwright. Her stage play, "Harambee! Harambee! (All Pull Together)," that focuses on unveiling the hidden truth about Black and Brown history, is commissioned and produced annually by the prestigious The Robey Theatre Company founded by Ben Guillory and veteran Actor Danny Glover. She is the recipient of several honors and awards.
Liliana T. PérezLA CHARGERS - DIRECTOR of CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Liliana T. Pérez serves as the Cultural Affairs Director for the Los Angeles Chargers and is responsible for building strategic partnerships within California's dynamic and versatile economic, cultural and social sectors.
Demetria L. GravesFAMILY LAW ATTORNEY
As a California native, Demetria L. Graves was born and raised in Pasadena. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Graves went on to receive her Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. After practicing family law with a small law firm in Arcadia, she decided to start her own family law firm in Pasadena and Beverly Hills, The Graves Law Firm, and the rest is history.
Jeanette BoldenOLYMPIAN/BUSINESS OWNER (3RD GENERATION)
Jeanette Bolden is a well-decorated Track and Field athlete and coach. The Olympian and UCLA star helped bring out the talents of the runners, allowing them to reach national and international stages. Bolden is also the third-generation owner of the 27th Street Bakery in Los Angeles.
Vanessa TorresVP CHASE BANK
Vanessa Torres is a Vice President in J.P. Morgan Chase’s Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries (MMBSI) group with over 18 years of combined experience in financial and real estate services. She supports business owners and community stakeholders in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Gihan ThomasIMMIGRATION ATTORNEY
Gihan Thomas is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. She represents clients in a wide range of immigration and deportation cases. Our firm is built upon the trust of our clients. This trust was earned through years of experience in helping and guiding our clients through the immigration maze in order to obtain the best results
Jackie Joyner-KerseeOLYMPIAN/GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE OF 20th CENTURY
Considered by many to be the greatest female all-around athlete in history, Jackie Joyner-Kersee's achievements include three Olympic gold medals, four World Outdoor Championships gold medals, and the still-standing world record of 7,291 points in the women's heptathlon.
Shaghayegh Cyrous is an Iranian-born American artist and curator based in San Francisco. Her interactive time-based investigations, participatory projects, and video installations have been said to "create a poetic space for human connections
Mira VictorGLOBAL FILMMAKER / VIDEOGRAPHER
Experienced Television Host with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in Public Speaking, and Management. Strong media and communication professional, covering most of Beverly Hills events. if you are the top in your career and you think you can inspire others, be my guest at Ask Mira show
Christina PascucciAWARD WINNING BROADCASTER/ HUMANITARIAN / PILOT
Christina Pascucci is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, licensed pilot, and humanitarian. She’s worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KTLA, LA’s No. 1 morning news station, since 2011. The LA Press Club awarded her Journalist of the Year in 2020.
Beverly ToddACTOR /PHILANTHROPIST/ACTIVIST
Beverly Todd is an American actress, producer and writer. She is known for her roles in films Brother John, Moving, Lean on Me and The Bucket List. On television, Todd appeared in the short lived Julie Farr, M.D. and The Redd Foxx Show
Del RichardsonCEO at Del Richardson
Established in 1990, Del Richardson and Associates, Inc. (DRA Inc.) serves a national client base with an in-depth focus in Southern California. DRA’s professional consultants are extremely proud of more than a century of combined experience in providing quality right of way services specializing in relocation assistance, public affairs, community engagement and outreach, environmental compliance and business solution services to public, private and non-profit agencies.
Permella HarrisDEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR / AAU USA CHEER COACH/MENTOR
Perrmella is a resourceful, strategic thinker with strong execution leadership skills with a demonstrated track record of driving business operations.
Angela N. AdamsUS ARMY COMMANDER/ASST. DIRECTOR -HACLA
Angela N. Adams is the Assistant Director of Section 8, for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). Angela has served in this position for the past 12 years and oversees the Housing Choice Voucher programs and the Inspections Department.
Sharifah Hardie President of the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce for the Long Beach Area
Sharifah Hardie is a business consultant, diversity, equity and inclusion expert and influencer. She was a Long Beach City Council Candidate in the 2020 March 3rd Primary Election and intends to run for California State Senate District 33 in the 2024 Primary Elections.
Gale Fulton RossARTIST /ACTIVIST/PHILANTHROPIST
For over fifty years Gale Fulton Ross has made an impression on the world with her expansive skills as an artist. Her work reflects themes of the world she has grown up in: events, emotions, a broad and diverse mix of cultural experiences; she is a passionate voice of the Black experience in America.
Sneh Misra Chairwoman of Friends of South Asian American Communities
Sneh is an entrepreneur, electrical engineer, and mother of three successful children. In 1993, she graduated from Wayne State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. However, Sneh found a new passion in business and charity work over the past few years. Currently, Sneh dedicates her time to various organizations, functioning as a leader and assistant in multiple capacities. Sneh is the President of La La Land Development, a construction company.
Susan BurtonFounder of A New Way to Life/Activist/Author/Transformative Leader
Susan Burton is an activist based in Los Angeles, United States who works with formerly incarcerated people and founded the nonprofit organization, A New Way of Life. She was named a CNN Hero in 2010 and a Purpose Prize winner in 2012.
Vera ScottHolistic Living Educator, Speaker, Christian and Founder of "Claim Health & Wellness
Public health nurse , educator and counselor who teaches a holistic living pathway to men and women who are overweight, have diabetes, or other chronic conditions to empower them to take their health back
Sydney Kamlager - DoveCONGRESSWOMAN - 37TH DISTRCT
Sydney Kai Kamlager is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. She is the U.S. Representative-elect for California's 37th congressional district, succeeding Karen Bass. A Democrat, she previously served in the California State Senate, representing the 30th district.