As Chief Learning Officer, Antoinette Andrews-Bush leads the Office of Equity, Strategy and Learning, a new centralized function at First 5 LA that is responsible for facilitating organization-wide processes for implementing and refining First 5 LA’s strategic plan, improving culture and embedding First 5 LA’s values within work across the organization, and staff learning and engagement with organizational strategy, culture and business objectives.
Prior to First 5 LA’s 2020 organizational restructuring, Antoinette served as Director of the Communities Department. As Communities Director, Antoinette was responsible for First 5 LA’s policy and systems change agenda through the design and implementation of multi-year, place-based strategies in 14 geographic areas across L.A. County.
The work that Antoinette does at First 5 LA is aligned with her personal values of excellence, integrity and fairness. She recalls growing up in Compton, being an unwed mother, and using public assistance to care for herself and her son. She remembers how she was treated when using public services and laments that things have gotten worse for families. These experiences as a young woman are etched into Antoinette’s mind and they fuel her passion for improving policies and systems through community-developed and community-owned solutions.
“Children deserve to grow up healthy and whole in mind, body and spirit not just to reach their potential but to live life to its fullest. That’s why the work First 5 LA does is so important to me. I am driven by a commitment to communities throughout Los Angeles County to use my education, experiences and talents – to the best of my ability – to make a difference for children, families and communities.”
For 24 years, Antoinette has worked as a respected and influential leader in the philanthropic, nonprofit and evaluation fields, and has earned a reputation for her strong integrity, pursuit of excellence, and collaborative approach. Antoinette has worked with organizations such as the Rockville Centre Union Free School District in New York, Kids Life & Money, a nonprofit organization in Arkansas, and Los Angeles/Orange County organizations including College Bound, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, The Imoyase Group, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Additionally, she’s taught courses in Sociology at Stony Brook University in New York, Mount St. Mary’s College, and the University of Phoenix. Antoinette currently serves on the Governance Committee for the Association of Presbyterian Members at Hoag Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.
Antoinette received an undergraduate degree in African American Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from Stony Brook University in New York. In her personal time, Antoinette actively volunteers to support important arts and human services community programs in Orange County, where she resides with her husband, mom, and three children.