The Transgender Advisory Board was created on October 19, 2009 and is comprised of five (5) members, appointed by individual Councilmembers, and four (4) members appointed by the Council as a whole (at-large). Each member of the Board shall serve a two-year term commencing June 1st following a general municipal election. The City Council shall endeavor to appoint members who represent the specific Advisory Board focus as well experts in the field. Members shall be reflective of the demographic and geographic diversity of the City. Members should live, work, or have a strong connection to the City. City Council shall have the right to annually appoint a youth (15-18) representative to serve as an ex-officio member of an Advisory Board. If a member of an Advisory Board is absent for any reason for more than three regular meetings in any 12-month period, the office of such member shall be vacated upon the discretion of the City Council.
The Transgender Advisory Board addresses matters relating to the advocacy on behalf of transgender rights such as education, community awareness, and empowerment and makes recommendations to Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies or ordinances of benefit to the constituency. The City's Transgender Advisory Board meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the 1st Floor Community Conference Room at City Hall – 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. For more information on the Transgender Advisory Board, please call the Board’s staff liaison Bonnie Smith at (323) 848-6371. Click here to view Resolution 11-4204 which governs Advisory Boards.
The current Transgender Advisory Board members:
Chair: Alexis Sanches
Vice Chair: Drian Juarez
Erika De La Cruz