Thank you to everyone who supported LAANE and joined us at this year’s Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon. We are so grateful to be able to gather back in person to celebrate the powerful women leaders who hold us up! Thanks to your generous support, we exceeded our fundraising goal!

See more photos from the Luncheon here and see more photos from the selfie station here!

2022 Honorees

Cynthia McClain-Hill

President, Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners

Cynthia McClain-Hill is an active attorney. She was elected President of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners on July 28, 2020 after serving as Board Vice President since September 5, 2018. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Ms. McClain-Hill to a four-year term on the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. On August 15, 2018, her appointment was confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council. Ms. McClain-Hill’s term expires on June 30, 2022.

In her work as a highly regarded and widely respected attorney, Ms. McClain-Hill oversees and manages complex legal and public policy issues for clients as managing director of Strategic Counsel PLC. She is lauded as an astute and skillful public policy strategist with an outstanding record of service and accomplishment on a significant array of public-sector and non-profit boards and commissions.

Ms. McClain-Hill previously served for two years as a mayoral appointee on the City of Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners beginning in August 2016. Over the past three decades, she was appointed to serve on the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), California Coastal Commission, California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), CalEPA Environmental Justice Advisory Working Group, and Los Angeles City Small and Local Business Advisory Commission.

She received the “Women in Business Advocate Award” from the U.S. Small Business Administration, “2005 Chapter Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award” from NAWBO, the inaugural “Ruth Standish Baldwin Award” from the Greater Sacramento Urban League, and the “Thurgood Marshall Award” from Minorities in Business Magazine.

Ms. McClain-Hill earned her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law in 1981. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA in 1978. She is the proud product of California’s public school system. She is married and the mother of two adults.

Educators of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)

The Second Largest Educators’ Union Local in the Country

UTLA, the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union local, is the collective voice of more than 34,000 teachers and health and human services professionals in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

One of the union’s core values is that public schools are the heart of their neighborhoods. LA educators believe in organizing with students, parents, and the community for structural change focused on equity and social and racial justice that improves teaching and learning conditions and more broadly supports the communities that LA schools serve.

In 2019, the six-day UTLA strike galvanized Los Angeles, making the love for public education visible in our streets and uplifting the need to support public schools. In 2020, Cecily Myart-Cruz, a 25-year veteran English teacher, mother of an LAUSD fifth-grader and the first Afro-Latina elected UTLA president, took office during the height of the pandemic. Under her leadership, with LAUSD families bearing the brunt of the economic and health impacts of COVID, UTLA organized with families to win the strongest health and safety measures in the country.

Now, LA educators are focused on the next phase. Our schools and communities — historically underfunded and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic — need a comprehensive plan for pandemic recovery and beyond.
The Beyond Recovery platform, developed by UTLA members, parents, and community allies over months of meetings and dialogue, addresses the urgent needs of our students and communities at a time when historic levels of funding are coming to school districts.

This is a pivotal time when educators, allied with parents and the community, can collectively fight to transform public education in LA. That’s why in Spring 2022, LA educators will be bringing the Beyond Recovery platform into negotiations with the school district and building their campaign to win.




Kamala Lopez is an award-winning filmmaker, actress and Yale graduate born in New York City to an Indian mother and a Venezuelan father. Lopez has worked as an actor in over thirty feature films including Born in East L.A., Deep Cover, The Burning Season (winner of 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes and the Humanitas Prize), Clear and Present Danger, Lightning Jack, and I Heart Huckabees. She has starred in over sixty television shows including Black Jesus, Medium, 24, Alias, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and 21 Jump Street(winner of the Imagen Award). She hosted the PBS series Wired Science. Lopez, a Yale University graduate in Philosophy and Theatre Studies, formed production company Heroica Films in 1995 with the mission to write, direct and produce media for women, about women and utilizing women both in front and behind the camera.

Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program

This year, join us in celebrating 10 years of the Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program.

LAANE has always made it a priority to train the next generation of social justice activists and leaders, and thanks to the generosity of Beth and Julia Meltzer we have been able to do just that. Many interns have gone on to work for other progressive social justice organizations – some have even become campaign directors at LAANE. Others have careers in the labor movement or serve in leadership roles in local government.