Commission On The Status Of Women
Established through an ordinance passed by Mayor Tom Bradley in 1975, the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was re-launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti with a new Commissionership dedicated to co-powering gender equity in Los Angeles. The CSW's mandate is to advance the general welfare of women and girls in the Los Angeles community and to ensure that all women have full and equal participation in City government.
Meet Our Commissioners
We invite you to meet our commissioners and explore how they’re working to advance the well-being of women and girls in LA. The commission investigates problems and conditions affecting women negatively and recommends solutions; promotes awareness of gender-based inequities in the workplace; and collaborates with groups that help to remove barriers to women reaching their full potential.
- Jessica Postigo, President
- Erma Bernard-Gibson, Vice President
- Pamela Bakewell, Commissioner
- Araceli Campos, Commissioner
- Nancy Perlman, Commissioner
- Nikki Mark, Commissioner
- Ceri Zamora, Commissioner
- Shirin Buckman, Project Coordinator
- Patricia Villasenor, Executive Director
Mission Statement and Purpose
Inform and Advise the Mayor and City Council of the needs and challenges that Los Angeles women face, with special emphasis placed on women in City government
Investigate problems and conditions adversely affecting women
Recommend solutions to problems impacting women; identify programs that offer a greater opportunity and ability for Los Angeles Women to pursue life choices to pursue life choices without discrimination
Propose methods of alleviating gender-based inequities in pay and job opportunities
Promote awareness of changing life patterns, opportunities and responsibilities of women
Maintain relationships with citizen groups that are committed to identifying and removing obstacles to the development of a woman's full potential
In partnership with Mount Saint Mary's University, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the CSW released The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, the first-ever study focusing on the issues and trends affecting the women and girls in the City of Los Angeles. In addition to releasing the results of the report, Mayor Garcetti also announced that, with the support of CSW, the City will work to achieve greater equity in city government. To explore the full report, please visit www.lamayor.org/statusofwomen .
Get involved & learn more
The Commission on the Status of Women invites organizations with a remarkable commitment to supporting women to partner with us in our quest to enhance resources and opportunities. Join us at our monthly meetings, usually held on the third Fridays of every month at 10:00 a.m. in Room 1010, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Meeting agendas are generally finalized one week in advance. Find meeting agendas here. If you would like to receive our newsletters, subscribe here.
We would love to hear from you. Please contact us to send in your ideas, comments, suggestions, and ways we can combine efforts,or to request for more information regarding CSW at:
Please direct media inquiries to:
Farrah.Parker@lacity.org | 310.350.1984
Commission on the Status of Women
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, City Hall, Room 2111
Los Angeles, California