Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church has selected Elvin W. Moon to be the public policy director for the district.
The appointment was announced on March 11 at the Midyear Convocation of the Fifth Episcopal District. In this position, Moon will lead district activities related to political and policy issue education, voter registration and engagement.
Bishop Kirkland recognized Moon as uniquely qualified to hold this position. “Mr. Moon is a committed layperson within our denomination and highly regarded entrepreneur who has served at varying levels of local, state and national involvement.”
Bishop Kirkland added that his leadership will provide a greater level of understanding of issues that are of particular interest to historically Black congregations and their leaders. “It has become apparent that I need someone who [will] assist me in addressing the issues facing our church communities, which include homelessness, the need for jobs and housing, as well as education and critically needed overall stability for individuals and families.”
Moon, the CEO of E. W. Moon Inc. Infrastructure Group, has served on the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission and the Los Angeles Board of Building and Safety; was appointed by the Governor of California to the California Workforce Investment Board, the California Insurance Education Project Board, the Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority where he was elected as chairman; and the Palm Springs Tramway Board.
He was previously appointed by President William J. Clinton to the Advisory Committee on Infrastructure Protection (Homeland Security) and the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He has also served as a board member for the American Public Transit Association, is a member of the National Urban League, and has been commended for his community affairs work by the California State Assembly and the Black Business Association.
In addition, Bishop Kirkland will preach on Palm Sunday, March 29, at 10 a.m., at Second A.M.E. Church, 5500 S. Hoover Street in Los Angeles. The Rev. Robert Ned is the host pastor.