History


The Advisory Committee has been a part of the Arts Commission's CEII Work from the beginning. During the 18-month development period, the first advisory committee guided the initiative and shaped its vision, goals and recommendations to the board.

The first advisory committee was led by three co-chairs: Tim Dang, the former Producing Artist Director at East West Players; Helen Hernandez, President and Founder of The Imagen Foundation and executive producer of the Imagen Awards; Maria Rosario Jackson, Institute Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University.

Over 130 individuals self-nominated or were nominated to participate on the committee. The co-chairs carefully reviewed the nomination list and recommended 36 community leaders from across a variety of sectors to serve on the Advisory Committee, striving for diverse representation including ethnicity, disciplines, age, LGBTQ, and able-challenged communities.

2015/17 Committee Members

Tim Dang, Co-Chair
Helen Hernandez, Co-Chair
Maria Rosario Jackson, Co-Chair

Betty Avila
Julia Diamond
Letitia Fernandez Ivins
Prumsodun OK
Glenna Avila
John Echeveste
Joel Jacinto
Debra Padilla
Carlos Benavides
Jordan Elgarbly
Charmaine Jefferson
Claire Peeps
Deborah Borda
Quetzal Flores
Gregorio Luke
Randy Reinholz
Pamela Bright-Moon
Edgar Garcia
Claudia Margolis
Luis Radriguez
Ben Caldwell
Kiki Ramos Gindler
Kathy McDonnell
Koji Steven Sakai
Barbara Carasco
Mynor Godoy
Rachel Moore
Jose Luis Valenzuela
Juan Devis
Lelie Ito
Elena Muslar
Diana Vesga

When the LA County Board of Supervisors approved five recommendations from the Cultural Equity & Inclusions Initiative, they also directed the Arts Commission to maintain the CEII Advisory Committee as a standing committee of the Arts Commission.

2018/20 Committee Members

Allison Agsten
Angela Johnson Peters
Angela Lucia Flores
Ben R. Caldwell
Carla Corona
Charmaine Jefferson
David A. Ford
Dawn Jackson
Debra J.T. Padilla
DJ Kurs
Elena Muslar
Fabian Debora
Glenna Avila
Griselda Suarez
Hayk Makhmuryan
Ines Familiar Miller
Juan Devist
Kai Mone
Karen Mack
Kenneth Walker
Kiki Ramos Gindler
Koji Steven Sakai
Letitia Fernandez Ivins
Mike Che
Nathalie Sanchez
Rock Noguchi
Shannon Daut
Thor Steingraber