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Mayor Villaraigosa Reappoints John Mack to Police Commission
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 29, 2010




Mr. Mack is a highly respected advocate for equal opportunities in education, law enforcement and economic empowerment for all communities

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced the reappointment of John Mack to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners for a second term. The Mayor first appointed Mr. Mack to the Police Commission in August of 2005. Mr. Mack currently serves as the commission’s president, a position he previously held for two consecutive years.
“John has served the commission with a steadfast commitment to the brave men and women of the LAPD and the communities they serve,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “I am confident that he will continue to serve with the passion and dedication that have been the hallmark of his tenure on the commission.”
Mr. Mack is a highly respected advocate for equal opportunities in education, law enforcement and economic empowerment for all communities.
Throughout his long career of community service, he has also demonstrated his unique ability to bridge across racial, cultural, economic, gender and religious divides.
During his tenure on the Police Commission, Mr. Mack has played an instrumental role in bridging the gap between the LAPD and the communities it serves. He has also been a leading voice on the commission-for transparency and accountability of all reviews
undertaken by the department.
Full biography follows below.
Biography: John W. Mack
John W. Mack was appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa in August of 2005. He held the position of President of the Police Commission for two consecutive years, and then the position of Vice President for two years. In 2009, he was re-elected to the President post. He served as President of the Los Angeles Urban League from August of 1969, until his retirement in 2005.
Mack began his career with the Urban League in Flint, Michigan in 1964 and was appointed Executive Director in 1965. Prior to heading the Los Angeles Urban League, he served on the Urban League’s National staff for six months during the Whitney Young era in Washington, D.C. Mack was a leader in the 1960 student civil rights movement in Atlanta–and Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson of the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Sociology from North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a Master’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University. In 2006, Commissioner Mack was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Management Degree from the Claremont Graduate University School of Education.
Under his leadership, the Los Angeles Urban League has become one of the most successful non-profit community organizations in Los Angeles with an annual budget of $25 million. The Los Angeles Urban League serves over 100,000 individuals each year and operates a number of innovative, result-oriented job training, job placement, education, academic tutorial, youth achievement and business development programs serving African-Americans and other people of color utilizing state of the art computer technology preparing League constituents for the 21st Century. In 1997, United Way presented its Agency of the Year Award to the Los Angeles Urban League.
Mack is a highly respected advocate for equal opportunities in education, law enforcement and economic empowerment for African-Americans and other minorities–and a bridge builder across all racial, cultural, economic, gender and religious lines.
Mack was afforded the unique opportunity to serve as a teaching Fellow in Residence at the prestigious Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics from September through December, 1998. He led a Study Group of Harvard University undergraduate students entitled “The Future of Urban America: Finding Solutions Through Strategic Partnership and Policy Advocacy.”

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