Appointees include a diverse group of citizens representing a variety of communities.
The members of the newly re-established San Diego County Leon Williams Human Relations Commission have been announced, after appointments to the commission were approved by the Board of Supervisors at their June 23 meeting.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution to re-establish the county's Leon Williams Human Relations Commission at their Tuesday, May 26 meeting. The board was established to promote positive human relations, respect, and the integrity of every individual regardless of gender, religion, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or citizenship status. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher authored the resolution to re-estabilish the commission.
Appointments to the commission have been set-up to reflect a diverse sub-section of the county, and include appointments from some community organizations that represent diverse populations, by each county supervisor, and the Sherrif and District Attorney or their designees.
Members of the LGBTQ community who have been appointed include Cara Dessert, Nicole Murray-Ramirez, and Gina Roberts.
The inaugural commission members include:
Distrct Attorney Summer Stephan
Sheriff Bill Gore
Jewish Family Services designee: Kate Clark
San Diego LGBT Community Center designee: Cara Dessert
International Rescue Committee designee: Rashid Essa
San Diego Rapid Response Network designee: unknown at time of publication
Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association designee: Angela Elliot Santos
The San Diego Chapter of the Black Political Association of California: Ellen Nash
Asian Pacific Islander representative appointed by the Union of Pan Asian Communities, Asian Business Association and San Diego API Coalition: Samuel Tsoi
Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox appointees: Daphyne Watson, Enrique Morones, Ryan Joseph Garcia (youth)
Supervisor Dianne Jacob appointees: Kenya Talor, Vinent Kattoula, Austin Jones (youth)
Supervisor Kristin Gaspar appointee: Regina Roberts
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher appointee: Nicole Murray-Ramirez, Mohamed Taha Hassane, Warsan Artan (youth)
Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Jim Desmond appointees: Gwen Sanders, Eleanor Evans, Angel Ortiz Salazar (youth)
Through its work, the group of appointed citizens will look critically at government policies and practices and likely host public forums and workshops throughout the year.