Here is a terrific opportunity for Boyle Heights community leaders to burnish our political skills!

posted May 9, 2013, 1:41 PM by BHC Boyle Heights   [ updated May 9, 2013, 1:41 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]
I'm writing with an opportunity for you or others you know to advance change in Los Angeles. Given your leadership in L.A., I especially wanted you to know about this.

Los Angeles has more than 50 boards and commissions with more than 300 appointed members who oversee key city agencies and advise the mayor on core policies and programs that impact the quality of life for local residents. Decisions made by these agencies have a major impact on policies and projects throughout Los Angeles.

Liberty Hill is offering a Commissions Training Program to ensure that these appointees are drawn from diverse communities and can help civic leaders make good decisions for all communities. The Training Program is an intensive, full-day, large-group session for community leaders from across sectors and issue areas.

Individuals who participate in this program will gain insight into the opportunities and challenges of commission service in the City of Los Angeles, will understand the process for appointment, and will have an overview of key skills needed for successful service. Graduates will also have the opportunity to participate in priority registration for subsequent Liberty Hill Foundation events focused on boards and commissions advocacy.

Sessions will be facilitated by well-known city advocates who have served on commissions, worked in City Hall, or staffed city agencies. Former commissioners will talk with you about setting priorities and getting the right information for decisionmaking as a new commissioner. To apply, please click here for an application. You must be a City of L.A. resident.

Applications must be submitted by May 17, 2013 to You will be notified no later than May 31 as to your application’s status for the June 22 training. If you are offered a seat in the training, you must reserve it by submitting the enrollment fee of $250 no later than June 12. A limited number of scholarships are available. If you have questions, please contact If you know others for whom the Commissions Training program might be appropriate, please pass this along.


Shane Goldsmith
Executive Director