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The largest event of its kind in California, the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon brings together more than 700 progressive women from across the state to celebrate and explore women’s leadership and vision. Previous speakers and honorees at LAANE events have included “Modern Family,” “Masters of Sex,” “NCIS,” “Getting On,” Kamala Harris, Van Jones, Jane Fonda, Sidney Poitier, Arianna Huffington, Maria Bello, Ramona Ripston and Barbara Ehrenreich, among others.
THE 2017 HONOREES
Gabrielle Carteris was elected SAG-AFTRA president on April 9, 2016. She previously served as executive vice president from 2013 to 2016. She is the chair of the National TV/Theatrical Contracts Negotiating Committee and leads the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement. She was elected in August 2016 as a vice president on the AFL-CIO’s executive council.
Ms. Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on the Aaron Spelling drama Beverly Hills, 90210. The success of the show allowed her to get involved with many great organizations, including DARE, Noxzema Extraordinary Teen program, MADD, Read to Grow, Best Buddies and the Sky’s the Limit Fund. Ms. Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories, which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for Fox, Gabrielle. Recent credits include a recurring role on Code Black and guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds, Make It or Break It, The Event, Longmire and The Middle. On stage, she performed in a special presentation of The Vagina Monologues to raise money to combat violence against women and child abuse.
A fierce advocate for inclusion and equity for all, Ms. Carteris is a sought-after speaker and panelist on diversity topics and led the union’s fight to pass California’s “IMDb Law,” which helps mitigate rampant age discrimination in entertainment and other industries. In 2016, she testified before the California Senate Judiciary Committee, authored editorials and organized a letter, fax and email campaign to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 1687. In 2016, she was honored by the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region with the Elinor Glenn Leadership Award and was named to both Variety’s Power of Women L.A. Impact Report and The Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 list.
CHIEF OF STAFF, OFFICE OF MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI
Ana Guerrero serves as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s chief of staff and directs all aspects of the Office of the Mayor. In this capacity, she is the primary driver of his agenda to make Los Angeles safer, more livable, prosperous and well run.
Ms. Guerrero has worked with Garcetti since he was first elected to the City Council in 2001. She was appointed as his council office chief of staff in 2008, after serving as his district director and deputy chief of staff. Upon his election as Mayor in 2013, Garcetti appointed her chief of staff.
Ms. Guerrero brings extensive community organizing experience to her role as the Mayor’s chief strategist. She began her organizing career in 1990 with the Sonoma County Faith Based Community Organizing Project where she organized low- and middle-income families around issues such as job creation and affordable housing. She came to Los Angeles in 1995 to become the lead organizer of the United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO). There, she led a campaign that helped more than 5,000 immigrants become naturalized, politically active citizens. She has also provided technical assistance to community-based organizations through the Center for Community Change.
Ms. Guerrero is an elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (AD43) and is president of the Avance Democratic Club of Los Angeles County. She is also a member of the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group, a joint initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School and Living Cities. Ms. Guerrero is an immigrant from Mexico and is the daughter of farm workers. She is married to Neal Goldstein and is the mother of three children ages 26, 13 and 11.
KAMALA LOPEZ was born in New York City to an Indian mother and a Venezuelan father. She has worked as an actor in over 30 feature films and more than 60 television shows. Most recently, she hosted the PBS series Wired Science. Her film, A Single Woman, about the life of the first U.S. Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, won the 2009 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus. In 2013 her short Spanish-language film Ese Beso won the Jury Award at the Senorita Cinema Festival and the Audience Award at the Boyle Heights Latina Film Festival.
In 2009, Ms. Lopez began the ERA Education Project, creating multi-media PSA’s, video FAQ’s, social media campaigns and educational videos, piloting curriculum and traveling around the country speaking to groups as well as students in colleges and high schools. Ms. Lopez’s work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized by Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors and Women’s Commission, which named her 2015 Woman of the Year (Arts/Media). In 2012, Women’s eNews selected her as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” and the National Women’s Political Caucus named her the 2011 Woman of Courage.
HOLLY J. MITCHELL
HOLLY J. MITCHELL has served in California’s Legislature since 2011. She was elected in 2014 to represent the 30th Senate District, which stretches from Century City to South Los Angeles, and includes Culver City, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, USC, Downtown and a portion of Inglewood. Senator Mitchell chairs the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, and serves on the Senate’s Health, Insurance, Labor and Employment, Public Safety Committees and on the Joint Committee on Rules. She also founded the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, and belongs to both the Black and Women’s Caucuses.
During her six years in the Legislature Ms. Mitchell has obtained passage into law of more than 50 bills. Her legislation seeks to improve human services, expand access to healthcare, secure women’s reproductive rights, protect the environment, end the trafficking of minors, defend the civil rights of minorities and the undocumented and, above all, reduce the numbers of children growing up in poverty.Prior to becoming a legislator she headed California’s largest child and family development organization, Crystal Stairs, and worked for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She is the proud mother of an inquisitive millennial.
AMY ELAINE WAKELAND
First Lady of Los Angeles
Amy Elaine Wakeland is the First Lady of Los Angeles. She is also an activist, philanthropist, public policy expert and political strategist. Ms. Wakeland’s professional career includes work as the senior political advisor for the California Dean for America campaign, campaign manager for Michela Alioto for Secretary of State, executive director of the Coalition for Kids, director of the Progressive L.A. Network and strategic planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. Prior to her move to L.A., she worked briefly as a community organizer and judicial clerk and attended graduate school at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her non-profit commitments extend primarily to organizations that serve L.A.’s neediest residents and that work to eradicate sexual violence. Ms. Wakeland currently serves on the board of directors of People Assisting the Homeless and Just Detention International. She also is active with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and the Liberty Hill Foundation, where she helped found the Pobladores Fund, a giving circle that contributes to social justice causes in L.A.
JULIE GUTMAN DICKINSON
LAANE Advisory Board Co-Chair
Julie Gutman Dickinson has devoted her career to public service, advocating for the rights of workers, immigrants and underserved communities. She is currently a partner at the labor law firm Bush Gottlieb, where she provides services for private and public sector unions and low-wage workers. Ms. Gutman Dickinson specializes in administrative, state and federal court litigation, arbitrations, organizing campaigns, collective-bargaining negotiations, government relations, political advice and policy advocacy. She previously served as executive director of the Program for Torture Victims, vice-president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioners and senior labor advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. During more than a decade at the National Labor Relations Board, she was the only attorney to achieve a 100% win record in voluminous unfair labor practice trials and federal district court injunction litigation.
LAANE Advisory Board/Philanthropist/Community Activist
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Suzy Marks has devoted her life to community activism. With her husband, Wally Marks, she worked on everything from living wage campaigns to health care and campaign finance reform to Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes Law (FACTS) and immigrant rights. She played an instrumental role in the creation of NewGround, a Muslim/Jewish partnership designed to foster closer ties between Jews and Muslims in Southern California. She shared a deep dissatisfaction with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory and brought speakers to Los Angeles from the Middle East. After Wally’s death in 2009, Ms. Marks continued her engagement, which reflects her deeply felt belief that none of us can function effectively on our own. “While I may fervently want there to be a living wage, job programs, affordable housing, clean air for the port truck drivers and healthy food for the disadvantaged, there is no way that I can begin to do any of this on my own,” she says. “None of us can. We need organizations that will do what needs to be done.” Together with Wally she raised four wonderful children and six loving grandchildren.
LAANE Advisory Board/Founder and Principal, Nimble Media
Jyoti Sarda is the founder of Nimble Media, a consulting firm focused on start-up opportunities within the convergence of digital entertainment content and technology. Recently, she served as vice president of marketing at Paramount Home Media, leading all facets of global marketing operations for Paramount partner brands including Dreamworks, Marvel, Lucasfilm, CBS, Showtime, MTV and Nickelodeon while overseeing international marketing of Paramount’s film catalog and acquisitions. Prior to Paramount, Ms. Sarda worked at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, spearheading the international new releases of high-profile franchises (Avatar, X-Men) and specialty titles from Fox Searchlight. She also managed the domestic TV DVD group during the heyday of 24, The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Before transitioning into entertainment, Ms. Sarda was an advertising executive at agencies like Ogilvy & Mather and J. Walter Thompson and worked with clients such as Kraft, Dole and Mattel. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Having received her bachelor’s degree from USC and EMBA from UCLA-Anderson, she’s both a Bruin and a Trojan and won’t entertain requests to choose a favorite.
BETTY T. YEE
California State Controller
State Controller Betty T. Yee was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the Board of Equalization. Ms. Yee was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006 where she represented 21 counties in northern and central California. Now serving as the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) boards. These two boards have a combined portfolio of nearly $500 billion. Ms. Yee has over 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. Ms. Yee currently serves on the board of directors for the Equality California Institute. She is a co-founder of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to public service, public policy and political arenas.
THE BETH & JULIA MELTZER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Throughout its 25-year history, LAANE has seen its role as not only running successful campaigns to raise standards for low-wage workers and low-income communities, but also training the next generation of activists.
LAANE has offered internships as part of college study or as summer placements. Both undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from their time with LAANE, and many have gone on to permanent jobs with LAANE or similar activist organizations. LAANE offers training in community organizing, research and communications.
In 2012, LAANE established the Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program. With the annual support of private donors, LAANE now works to offer expanded internship training opportunities to young people to help jump-start their careers as social justice advocates. LAANE’s internship program has now become a centerpiece of the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon.
"It was challenging in many ways, but it was also just as rewarding. I have had a lot of personal growth while working here and I’m grateful for that, but most of all, the people I have met working here is what shaped my experience."− Jonathan Cruz, 2016 Intern
"Being a part of this internship program has taught me to further broaden my horizons and never underestimate the power of people uniting for a common cause."− Sharon On, 2015 Intern
"I think the internship program provides a very supportive and nurturing learning environment for interns that helps them grow."− Jue Wang, 2015 Intern
"I had never experienced an office environment that had more intelligent, passionate and values-driven people. Creating change in the world can take a lifetime, but seeing change in yourself can take just one summer."− Julia Hubbell, 2014 Intern
"By the end of the summer, I’d helped to secure five neighborhood council endorsements, inaugurated a new farmer’s market outreach program and orchestrated delegations of key community leaders to four different council members’ offices."− Julia Gould, 2014 Intern
J.W. MARRIOTT LOS ANGELES
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Map)
Valet: $16 – For valet, please pull onto WEST ROAD.
Please allow 15 minutes for parking and registration.
When is the Luncheon?
Friday, May 12, 2017 – Reception: 11 AM, Program & Luncheon: 12 PM
What is the dress code?
Business attire or casual chic.
How do I get my ticket/table number?
Please check in under your last name at the registration table in the lobby to receive your ticket/table number. Please allow 20 minutes for parking and check-in.
What if I need to send someone in my place?
Please have substitute guests check in under the original ticket holder’s name.
How do I order a vegan/vegetarian meal?
Just let your waiter know that you would like a vegan/vegetarian meal.
What time does the Luncheon program conclude?
The program will wrap up by 2 pm sharp.
LAANE’s mission is to build a new economy based on good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment for everyone. Here in L.A., and in cities across the country, we are creating the foundation for a new green economy, from groundbreaking living wage laws to leading-edge green jobs initiatives.
Founded in 1993, LAANE is recognized as a national leader in the effort to address the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care and polluted communities. Combining a vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement to transform conditions in Los Angeles and beyond.
We have already achieved a lot: Policies that will provide thousands of middle-class jobs to disadvantaged residents in the local construction industry. Thousands of clean trucks on our highways and a dramatic reduction in diesel pollution. Living wages and a voice on the job for thousands of hotel workers.
And so much more is possible. We have ambitious plans to transform some of the region’s largest industries into engines of good green jobs. And we are building a movement in more than 20 cities around the country.
TO LEARN MORE, VISIT US AT www.laane.org
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