Benbow (r).Department General Manager Richard collaborates with Community Development works for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and he As Executive Director of the WIB, Irish(center)
Trailblazer recipients pose with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Gregg Irish is pictured 5th from left.
(l-r) Former City Councilmember David Cunningham congratulates Gregg Irish, as CDD General Manager Richard Benbow looks on. Cunningham was the first public official to hire Irish shortly after he finished college.
GREGG IRISH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD, HONORED AS TRAILBLAZER.
LOS ANGELES ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PERSONNEL NAMES IRISH AND 6 OTHERS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE***
More than 130 people attended the 5th Annual Trailblazers Award Reception sponsored by the Los Angeles Association of Black Personnel (LAABP), on February 16, 2011, in the Tom Bradley Room on the top floor of City Hall.
“We are pleased to recognize seven outstanding employees who have contributed to the progress of African-Americans in City government, as well as achieved notable positions in their City careers,” said LAABP President Cora Jackson-Fossett.
Honoree Gregg Irish is the Executive Director of the City’s Workforce Investment Board. His public leadership includes work in the counties of Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, and Washington, D.C. It truly defines him as a “Trailblazer.” Other 2011 Trailblazers are Shatawna Bacon, Animal Control Officer, Animal Services Department; Michael Cox, Street Services Supervisor I, Bureau of Street Services; Anne Haley, Managing Assistant City Attorney, Office of the City Attorney; De Marlo Sims, Senior Labor Relations Representative, Department of Water and Power; Charlotte Rodgers Starkey, Senior Personnel Analyst II, Personnel Department; and Beverly Pleasant, Executive Assistant III, General Services Department.
Mr. Irish was twice honored during this year’s Black History Month. He was included in an installation on the City Hall Bridge and companion catalogue that honored a wide range of African American City employees in key leadership positions.
Among the guests offering salutes to the 2011 Trailblazers were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (2006 Trailblazer recipient); City Council members Eric Garcetti, Jan Perry (2007 Trailblazer recipient) and Dennis Zine; City Attorney Carmen Trutanich; Deputy Mayor Larry Frank; and Public Works Commissioners Valerie Lynne Shaw (2007 Trailblazer recipient), Cynthia Ruiz and Steve Nutter.
Other notables in attendance included Richard Benbow, General Manager, Community Development Department; Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering; Tony Royster, General Manager, General Services Department; Brenda Barnette, General Manager, Animal Services Department; Ron Nichols, General Manager, Department of Water and Power; Maggie Whelan, General Manager, Personnel Department; Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager, Recreation and Parks Department; Nazario Sauceda, Assistant Director, Bureau of Street Services; Ron Olive, Assistant Director, Bureau of Street Services; Rhonda Gaston, Assistant General Manager, Community Development Department; Vince Jones, Deputy City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering; Earl Thomas, Managing City Attorney, Office of the City Attorney (2010 Trailblazer recipient); Rita Robinson, former General Manager, Department of Transportation (2008 Trailblazer recipient), Olivia Mitchell, Community Development Department (2010 Trailblazer recipient); and Jeffery Whitmore, Revenue Manager, Office of Finance (2009 Trailblazer recipient).
The 450-member Los Angeles Association of Black Personnel is the official representative for the City of Los Angeles employees of African-American heritage. Incorporated in 1972, LAABP advocates equal employment within the City’s workforce and increased opportunities for “people of color” to attain management and executive positions. Among the services the organization provides are career development seminars, a mock interview program and networking forums. Since 2003, LAABP has presented more than $60,000 in scholarships to college-bound students.
In addition to Ms. Jackson-Fossett, LAABP Officers are Terrence Montgomery, First Vice President; DeMarlo Sims, Second Vice President; DeWanna Sharp, Third Vice President; Mignon Washington, Recording Secretary; Shelia Brooks-LeFridge, Corresponding Secretary; Sharon Loudd, Treasurer; and Directors-at-Large Audrey Atkins, Adriene Murphy and David Jackson.