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The First 5 LA Board of Commissioners is comprised of 17 members (nine voting, four ex-officio, four alternates). The board includes voting members appointed by each of the Los Angeles County supervisors and the L.A. County departments of Children and Family Services, Public Health and Mental Health. The Chairman of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors also serves as Chairman of the First 5 LA Commission. The Board also includes representatives from other educational, children and families organizations throughout the county. The Board of Commissioners meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated at the First 5 LA offices. All meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted at least 72 hours in advance. Please check our calendar for all updated meeting information and scroll below for Commission meeting packets, summaries, and minutes.

Sheila Kuehl
Commission Chair
Los Angeles County Supervisor

Judy Abdo
Vice Chair
Appointed by: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District

Nancy Haruye Au
Appointed by: Supervisor Don Knabe, Fourth District

Jane Boeckmann
Appointed by: Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Fifth District

Duane Dennis
Appointed by: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District

Cynthia A. Harding
Interim Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 
Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Christopher Thompson
Medical Director, Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Dr. Joseph Ybarra Jr.
Executive Deputy Superintendent, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Representing: Los Angeles County Office of Education

Marlene Zepeda
Appointed by: Supervisor Hilda Solis, First District

Ex Officio Representatives

Philip L. Browning
Director, Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services
Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services

Patricia Curry
Representing: Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families

Deanne Tilton Durfee
Representing: Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN)

Karla Pleitéz Howell
Representing: Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development

Commission Alternates

Linda Aragon
Acting Director for the Los Angeles County Division of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent (MCAH)
Representing: Los Angeles CountyDepartment of Public Health

Dayton Gilleland
Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Representing: Los Angeles County Office of Education

Brandon Nichols
Chief Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

Terry Ogawa
Appointed by: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District

William Arroyo
Medical Director, Children’s Systems of Care, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Sylvia S. Swilley
Appointed by: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District


Executive Leadership 

Kim Belshé
Executive Director

John A. Wagner
Chief Operating Officer

Christina Altmayer
Vice President of Programs

Commissioners Committee Assignments

Board of Commissioners Committee Assignments 2016 (pdf)

Commission Bylaws

Updated 12/8/14 (pdf)

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Commissioner’s Corner - Best Wishes to Suzanne Bostwick and Welcome to Brandon Nichols
Two significant changes to the First 5 LA Board took place in May: Commissioner Suzanne Bostwick retired from her four-year role as a Board alternate...

Commission Summary for May 12 Board Meeting
“Home visiting is a great area of potential partnership between First 5 LA and the County.” - Board Chair and L.A. County Supervisor...

Commission Summary for April 14, 2016
These Commission Summaries are intended to provide highlights of the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners’ actions to advance the outcome areas of...

Commission Summary for March 10, 2016 Board Meeting
These Commission Summaries are intended to provide highlights of the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners’ actions to advance the outcome areas of...

First 5 LA Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary for February 11, 2016
These Commission Summaries are intended to provide highlights of the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners’ actions to advance the outcome areas of...

Q & A with Los Angeles County Supervisor and First 5 LA Board Chair Sheila James Kuehl
In the interview below, Supervisor Kuehl discusses her greatest concerns for Los Angeles County children, her aspirations for First 5 LA during 2016...

First 5 LA Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary for January 14, 2016
These Commission Summaries are intended to provide highlights of the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners’ actions to advance the outcome areas of...

First 5 LA Commission Names New Chair and Vice-Chair For 2016
Supervisor Kuehl Calls Commission’s Work Important, Plans to Focus on Creating Partnerships, Alternative Sources of Funding to Help Support...

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl, representing Los Angeles County’s Third District, was elected on November 4, 2014 and assumed office on December...

October 8, 2015 Commission Summary of Actions
The Board of Commissioners meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated at the First 5 LA offices. All meetings...

September 10, 2015 Commission Summary of Actions
September 10, 2015 Commission Summary of ActionsThe Board of Commissioners meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise...

Dayton Gilleland, Ed.D.
Dayton Gilleland, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles County Office of Education, has an extensive educational background: Special Education...

July 9, 2015 Commission Summary of Actions
July 9 Commission Summary of ActionsThe Board of Commissioners meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated at...

June 11, 2015 Commission Summary of Actions
Commission Approves Milestone First 5 LA Budget for 2015–16As First 5 LA transitions from its old Strategic Plan toward implementing its new one...

Commission Approves Milestone First 5 LA Budget for 2015–16
As First 5 LA transitions from its old Strategic Plan toward implementing its new one, the agency’s Commission on June 11 approved a $...

May 14, 2015 Commission Summary of Actions
First 5 LA Budget Proposed for 2015-16 Puts Focus on Children and FamiliesA $228.2 million budget for First 5 LA has been proposed for fiscal year...

April 9, 2015 Commission Meeting Summary of Actions
Board Approves Bills for First 5 LA Legislative AgendaThe Commission unanimously approved support for a number of state bills that could greatly...

Terry Ogawa
Terry Ogawa’s career in children’s services has bridged a variety of experiences. She currently works as an independent consultant...

New Commissioners Weigh in With Goals for 2015
Two Los Angeles County leaders are assuming roles on the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners in 2015. Here, they share their vision for First 5 LA...

Nancy Haruye Au
Appointed earlier this year by LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, Au has worked in the social services field in LA County for more than 25 years. She...
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