Cheers West Edition


Alex Johnson, the executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund-California, has been appointed by the office of Gov. Jerry Brown to the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board.

The board was created to eliminate racial and identity profiling and to improve diversity and racial and identity sensitivity in law enforcement.

Johnson is an alumnus of the African-American Board Leadership Institute, which aims to recruit, prepare and place African-Americans on a wide range of governing boards.

RISE Financial Pathways, a South Los Angeles based nonprofit serving underserved communities in Los Angeles County for nearly 25 years, has been awarded a $15,000 workforce development grant from Bank of America to help serve military women veterans.

The initiative, Women Veterans Entrepreneur Network-Los Angeles, is designed for women veterans and their spouses who want to start or expand their own small business. The program will offer both hands-on classroom-style training and microloans, which will be available to everyone that completes the 4-6 week training and follow-up sessions, compiles their business plan and applies for the funds.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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