Assemblymember Chris Holden
Assemblymember Chris Holden

Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) has been elected by his colleagues to chair the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC). Lawmakers joining Holden to the newly elected leadership team include Assemblymembers Shirley Webber (AD – 78), vice chair; Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (AD – 54), secretary; and Kevin McCarty (AD – 7), treasurer.

“I’m extremely proud to serve as chair for the Black Caucus,” said Holden. “Together with my colleagues, I look forward to continuing our efforts to advance equality, justice, and opportunity for all Californians.”

This past year, the CLBC, held multiple “Black Minds Matter” informational briefings throughout the state with the Education Trust-West Organization to address California’s nearly one million Black Youth, including one hosted by Holden in Pasadena.

The briefings brought elected leaders, educators, stakeholders and community leaders together in order to better implement policies that close the opportunity and achievement gap for California’s Black Youth.

The CLBC takes policy positions on numerous bills, advances a two-part policy agenda – an education and black enterprise initiative, and provides scholarships and leadership opportunities for Californian’s Black Youth.

Established in 1967, the mission of the CLBC is to provide full inclusion of California’s African American residents in every aspect of California life – from education, employment, housing, health, commerce and government services.