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Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Recognizes 40 Emerging Civic Leaders in Los Angeles
By Sentinel News Service
Published May 25, 2017

 Last week, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas recognized Los Angeles’ change makers who are under the age of 40 at the 2017 “40 Emerging Civic Leaders Under 40Awards. Hosted in collaboration with the Empowerment Congress and the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the award reception highlighted Los Angeles’ up and coming leaders who are paving the way in advocacy, governance, philanthropy, and private industry.

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas poses with the top 40 under 40 honorees (courtesy photo)

The Full List of 2017 Honorees Include:


Sebastian Ridley-Thomas speaking to honorees (courtesy photo)

  • Adel Syed; Chief Development Officer, UMMA Clinic
  • Aide Castro; City Councilmember, Lynwood
  • Albert Rhee; Senior Vice President, Active USA Inc.
  • Alex Martin Johnson; Managing Director, California for Safety and Justice
  • Andrea Iloulian; Senior Program Officer, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Brian Hui; Program Coordinator, Special Services for Groups, PhD Candidate, USC, Co-Chair and Executive Committee member, Empowerment Congress
  • Charity Chandler-Cole; Director of Contracts, AIDS Health Foundation
  • Chris Ko; Director of Homeless Initiative, United Way
  • Christian Hebrard; President, Black Young Democrats
  • Cinthia Flores; Dream Resource Center Project Director, UCLA Labor Center.
  • Coach Sean McVay; Head Coach, LA Rams
  • Connie Chung Joe; Executive Director, Korean American Family Services (KFAM)
  • Courtney La Bau; Consultant at CSIS
  • Devin Osiri; Political Coordinator, LA County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO)
  • Diana Zuniga; Statewide Coordinator, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
  • Diego Sepulveda; Program Manager, UCLA Labor Center
  • Edna Chavarry; Project Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence, Santa Monica College
  • Eunisses Hernández; Policy Coordinator, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Gary Hardie Jr.; Lynwood Unified School District Board Member
  • Jacqueline Horton; Community Resource Specialist, City of Los Angeles
  • John Yi; Advocacy Director, American Lung Association and President, Korean American Democratic Committee (KADC)
  • Jonathan Collins; Adjunct Professor at Pomona College
  • Jorge Garrido; Senior Vice President, Mercury Public Affairs
  • Joseph Villela; Director of Policy Coalition, Humane Immigrant Rights of LA
  • Karla Sayles; Public Affairs Manager, Warner Brothers
  • Lauren Nichols; Program Associate, Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Foundation
  • Maya Douglas; Worksite Organizer, SEIU Local 721
  • Natalia Samarjian; Executive Director, Coro Southern California
  • Nick Greif; Council District 4 Legislative Director and Palms Neighborhood Council President
  • Roy Samaan; Research and Policy Analyst, LAANE
  • Rodney Diggs, Esq.; Attorney, Ivie, McNeil & Wyatt
  • Saira Soto; Deputy Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund – California
  • Sean Fleming; SEIU-UHW
  • Sonja Francine Marie Diaz; Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow
  • Trevor Davis; Executive Director at Imaginese Productions, Co-Chair, Arts and Culture Committee, Empowerment Congress
  • Vivian Kim; President of Korean American Bar Association (KABA) and SVP/General Counsel at Hanmi Bank



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