To mark the 30th anniversary of the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN), which works to create a more dynamic and prosperous region and state led by informed, collaborative, inspired, diverse and capable leaders, SCLN will honor 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017, culminating in honoring all 30 of them at the "Visionaries Awards" on November 30, 2017, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
SCLN alumni are those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding community service and completed one or more of the following fellowships: Leadership L.A., Leadership Southern California, California Connections and/or the Riordan Leadership Institute.
SCLN is a partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about the Southern California Leadership Network, visit www.leadershipnetwork.org.
SCLN 30-in 30 Honorees
April 14, 2017 - Hyepin Im
Hyepin Im is one of SCLN’s 30-in-30. A graduate of Leadership Southern California class of 1997, she is the Founder and President of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD). Hyepin is a U.S. Presidential Appointee, serves on multiple boards, and inspires leaders from the faith community, nonprofits, government and business to address some of society’s most challenging issues. To read more about Hyepin Im's personal leadership journey, click here.
April 21, 2017 – Donella Wilson
Donella Wilson has shown that being a true community leader is more than just a title. She is an audit partner at Green Hasson Janks, leading the firm’s nonprofit practice. However her leadership responsibilities do not end there. She also serves as the Board President of the Downtown Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness for women. For Donella, “Leadership is about engaging and empowering others to achieve their full potential as they work towards a shared goal.” To read more about Donella Wilson’s personal leadership journey, click here.
April 28, 2017 – Darin Chidsey
Darin a SCLN board member and dual alum, Leadership Southern California ’08 and California Connections ’12, is the Chief Operating Officer for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG is the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning organization, representing over 18 million people, 191 cities, 6 counties and 6 county transportation commissions. His role and organization exemplifies the complexities of California and the importance balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders through skills such as cross sector collaborations and strategic partnerships. To read more about Darin Chidsey’ s personal leadership journey, click here.
May 5, 2017 – Rachelle Arizmendi
Rachelle is a graduate of Leadership Southern California class of 2012, and serves as both Mayor of Sierra Madre and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment. As the first woman of color to be elected to the Sierra Madre City Council, she is being recognized in May in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Rachelle, an active member of the community, has served on many boards including California League of Cities; Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council; and the Foothill Workforce Development Policy Board. She also firmly believes in the importance of professional development participating in fellowships such as the Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies; the Asian Pacific Capitol Academy through the California API legislative Caucus; and Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education: NeighborWork’s Achieving Excellence. To read more about Rachelle Arizmendi’s personal leadership journey, click here.
May 5, 2017 – Shawn Landres
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, California Connections 2016 alumnus Shawn Landres, PhD, has earned international recognition for his leadership in social innovation. He currently chairs the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission and the City of Santa Monica Social Services Commission. As co-founder of Jumpstart Labs, which advances research and innovation in philanthropy, interreligious engagement, and community building, Shawn has been featured as a White House “spotlight innovator” and his work has been covered in major national and international media.
May 19, 2017 – Albert Hernandez
Join us as we honor Albert Hernandez, Executive Director of Verdugo Family Services, as one of Southern California Leadership Network’s 30-in-30, a campaign to celebrate SCLN’s 30th anniversary by honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017.
Albert Hernandez grew up in a single parent household with 11 brothers and sisters. He went to an alternative high school so that he could work and support his family. Through that experience, Albert was able to see what he wanted to dedicate his life’s work to: serving others. For nearly 16 years Albert has been a true leader in the social services sector. Albert describes his SCLN experience, “With all the information that I learned I was able to build partnerships with business owners and other nonprofits to help better our communities.” To read more about Albert Hernandez’s personal leadership journey, click here.
To read more about Shawn Landres’ personal leadership journey, click here.
May 26, 2017 – Mayor James Butts
Join us as we honor Inglewood Mayor James Butts as one of Southern California Leadership Network’s 30-in-30, a campaign to celebrate SCLN’s 30th anniversary by honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017.
Mayor James Butts, a graduate of Leadership L.A. ’01, has 45 years of public service experience including 19 years in the Inglewood Police Department rising to the rank of Deputy Chief and 15 years as the Chief of Police for the City of Santa Monica. He was elected Jan. 11, 2011 as the City of Inglewood 12th mayor. In less than five years, his strategic vision and operational expertise prevented impending bankruptcy. To learn more about Mayor Butts’ personal leadership journey, click here.
June 2, 2017 – Controller Ron Galperin
Join us as we honor Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin as one of Southern California Leadership Network’s 30-in-30, a campaign to celebrate SCLN’s 30th anniversary by honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017.
Controller Ron Galperin, a graduate of Leadership Southern California ’07, currently serves as Controller of the City of Los Angeles – working as the watchdog for L.A.’s taxpayers. As controller, Galperin launched ControlPanel.LA, the city’s first open data portal – featuring the city’s checkbook, details on the goods and services the city buys, assets and liabilities, employee compensation, operating indicators and much more. Because of these efforts, L.A. was named the No. 1 digital city according to the U.S. City Open Data Census. Controller Galperin is being recognized in the month of June to align with LGBT Heritage Month, a month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, civil rights and advocacy. To learn more about Controller Galperin’s role and personal leadership journey, click here.
June 9, 2017 – Javier Angulo
Javier, a SCLN board member and alum of California Connections ’15, is the Director, Public Affairs and State & Local Government Relations for Walmart. Javier was raised to know the value of hard work, problem solving and independence which eventually motivated him to assume leadership roles that sought to improve the educational, economic and health outcomes of minority and disadvantaged communities . Through Walmart, Javier is able to apply his leadership ability to bring about positive change here in Los Angeles and across the U.S. by partnering with community members and leaders to bring opportunities to communities. To read more about Javier Angulo’s personal leadership journey, click here.
June 16, 2017 – Nancy McPherson
Nancy, an alum of Leadership Southern California ’16, is the State Director for AARP. Two years ago Nancy was enticed to move back to her home state as the interim state director for AARP, and the challenge became inspiration. She was responsible for creating a new vision for AARP’s work, new relationships with state leaders, and burgeoning work in local communities - skills that are honed in Leadership Southern California’s leadership curriculum focused on leading collaboration and build strategic partnerships. Read more about Nancy McPherson’s leadership journey.
June 23, 2017 – Amy Grat
Amy Grat as one of Southern California Leadership Network's 30-in-30, a campaign to celebrate SCLN's 30th anniversary by honoring 30 outstanding SCLN alumni throughout 2017. Amy is an alum of Leadership L.A. ’06, is the Chief Executive Officer of International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP). Amy learned through Leadership L.A. that her “network is her net worth.” During the program, fellows regularly shared insights from their respective roles and industries. Since her fellowship experience, Amy has directly engaged classmates with her work at ITEP including, a classmate who sits on their board of directors, a classmate who volunteers on their industry advisory board and promotes careers to their youth, and a classmate who is not a corporate sponsor. Learn more about Amy Grat’s leadership journey.
Check back each week for the reveal of the next SCLN 30-in-30 honoree.