Kellie Hawkins, who has been serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women since October 13, 2007, has been appointed the official Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women for the City of Los Angeles. A native of Los Angeles, she holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelors Degree in Allied Health/Biology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In her new position, she plans to focus on assisting women with retaining access into the workforce, specifically within the non-traditional careers, so that they can maintain economic stability and provide for their families. For more information on the City of Los Angeles' Commission on the Status of Women, please visit www.lacity.org/csw.
Prior to her appointment as Interim Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women, Ms. Hawkins served in the Office of the Mayor from 2005 to 2007. She served as a Legislative Associate in the Mayor's Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations Office where she facilitated communication and cooperative projects between and among Mayor's Office and Council Members; monitored the status of health care legislation at the local, State and Federal levels; facilitated policy recommendations to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and prepared Federal testimony on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.
Previous to this, Ms. Hawkins served as a policy analyst in my Education, Youth and Families Office, where she developed and implemented a coordinated strategy with City departments and the California Charter School Association, managed the Mayor's Council of Education Advisors, managed grant-funded initiatives, and served as Mayor's liaison to the Library Department and EI Pueblo Monument Authority, as well as Citywide school safety committees, mentoring organizations and health agencies. She also coordinated with outside organizations requiring Mayoral involvement regarding youth and education.
Prior to joining the City, Ms. Hawkins served as an Epidemiologist for the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program. In 2003 she also served as Health Educator of HIV/AIDS prevention for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Lynwood, California, and as Program Coordinator for health education training for youth with the JWCH Institute in Los Angeles.
Since her appointment as Interim Executive Director, Ms. Hawkins has been able to effectively manage the operations of the Commission and create meaningful partnerships with local community based organizations, labor unions, city departments, philanthropy, business, LAUSD, and our local institutions of higher education to ensure a brighter future for the women and girls of Los Angeles. She has also reinstated the monthly newsletter, LA Woman, highlighting the efforts of women in City government and within the greater community.