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.




Our Board

Sheila Kuehl

Sheila Kuehl

Commission Chair / Los Angeles County Supervisor

Judy Abdo

Judy Abdo

Commission Vice Chair / Appointed by: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District

Commissioners

Barbara Ferrer

Barbara Ferrer

Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Astrid Heppenstall Heger

Astrid Heppenstall Heger

Appointed by: Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Fifth District

Yvette Martinez

Yvette Martinez

Appointed by: Supervisor Janice Hahn, Fourth District

Jonathan E. Sherin

Jonathan E. Sherin

Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Romalis J. Taylor

Romalis J. Taylor

Appointed by: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District

Keesha Woods

Keesha Woods

Representing: Los Angeles County Office of Education

Marlene Zepeda

Marlene Zepeda

Appointed by: Supervisor Hilda Solis, First District

Ex Officio Representatives

Bobby D. Cagle

Bobby D. Cagle

Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

Karla Pleitéz Howell

Karla Pleitéz Howell

Representing: Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development

Wendy Garen

Wendy Garen

Appointed by: Supervisor Janice Hahn, Fourth District

Deanne Tilton Durfee

Deanne Tilton Durfee

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

Commission Alternates

Linda Aragon

Linda Aragon

Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Helen Berberian

Helen Berberian

Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

Victor Manalo

Victor Manalo

Appointed by: Supervisor Janice Hahn, Fourth District

Terry Ogawa

Terry Ogawa

Appointed by: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District

Carol Sigala

Carol Sigala

Appointed by: Supervisor Hilda Solis, First District

Sylvia S. Swilley

Sylvia S. Swilley

Appointed by: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District

Christopher Thompson

Christopher Thompson

Representing: Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Arturo Valdez

Arturo Valdez

Representing: Los Angeles County Office of Education

Commissioners Committee Assignments

Board of Commissioners Committee Assignments 2020


MEETING MATERIALS

All First 5 LA Board and Committee Meeting Agendas are posted online according to open meeting rules (California Brown Act)…

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CALENDAR

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 on our website at least 72 hours in advance.

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FINANCIALS

The Commission has received the Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for ten consecutive years beginning in FY 2007-08…

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