Press Release: SCLN Celebrates 30 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: June 2, 2017 Mandy Denaux, 213.580.7532 Kathleen Ramseyer, 213.580.7575



LOS ANGELES, CA — As a part of a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) has launched its “30-in-30” campaign, which will recognize and honor 30 outstanding SCLN alumni over the course of 2017. The campaign, which will reveal one honoree each week for 30 weeks, will culminate at the organization’s 2017 Visionaries Awards on Nov. 30, where all 30 honorees will be recognized.

“As an organization dedicated to inspiring leaders and driving change for three decades, we are so proud of the impact our 3,000+ alumni have had in this region, across California and throughout the country,” said SCLN’s Executive Director Nancy Olson, who also serves as the Vice President of the Center for Leadership at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “As leaders and innovators in business, government and social sectors, SCLN alumni are making a difference. We are thrilled to shine a light on their impact.”

The campaign, which will continue each week until Nov. 30, has already announced its first eight honorees:

Sierra Madre Mayor Rachelle Arizmendi – A graduate of Leadership Southern California class of 2012, Arizmendi is the Mayor of Sierra Madre and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment. She serves on the board of the California League of Cities and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. As the first woman of color to be elected to the Sierra Madre City Council, she was recognized during Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Inglewood Mayor James Butts – A graduate of Leadership L.A. class of 2001, Butts has 45 years of public service experience including 19 years in the Inglewood Police Department rising to the rank of Deputy Chief and 15 years as the Chief of Police for the City of Santa Monica. He was elected Jan. 11, 2011 as the City of Inglewood’s 12th mayor. In less than five years, his strategic vision and operational expertise prevented impending bankruptcy of the city.

Darin Chidsey – A SCLN board member and dual alum, Leadership Southern California class of 2008 and California Connections class of 2012, Chidsey is the Chief Operating Officer for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG is the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning organization, representing more than 18 million people, 191 cities, six counties and six county transportation commissions. His role and organization exemplifies the complexities of California and the importance balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders through skills such as cross sector collaborations and strategic partnerships.

L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin – A graduate of Leadership Southern California class of 2007, he currently serves as Controller of the City of Los Angeles – working as the watchdog for L.A.’s taxpayers. As controller, Galperin launched ControlPanel.LA, the city’s first open data portal – featuring the city’s checkbook, details on the goods and services the city buys, assets and liabilities, employee compensation, operating indicators and much more. Because of these efforts, L.A. was named the No. 1 digital city according to the U.S. City Open Data Census. Controller Galperin is being recognized in the month of June to align with LGBT Heritage Month, a month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, civil rights and advocacy.

Albert Hernandez – As executive director of Family Promise of the Verdugos, Hernandez, Leadership L.A. class of 2011, helps homeless families with children achieve lasting independence. He grew up in a single parent household with 11 brothers and sisters and worked to support his family throughout school. Through that experience, Hernandez determined that he wanted to dedicate his life’s work to service to others. For nearly 16 years he has been a true leader in the social services sector.

Hyepin Im – A graduate of Leadership Southern California class of 1997, Hyepin is the Founder and President of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD). As a U.S. Presidential Appointee, Hyepin serves on multiple boards, and inspires leaders from the faith community, nonprofits, government and business, to address some of society’s most challenging issues.

Shawn Landres – Landres connects people, ideas and resources, enabling community leaders to expand what they know, adapt how they think and redefine what is possible. A graduate of SCLN’s California Connections class of 2016, he currently chairs the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission and the City of Santa Monica Social Services Commission. Landres is also the co-founder of Jumpstart Labs, which advances research and innovation in philanthropy, inter-religious engagement, and community building.

Donella Wilson – Wilson, a graduate of the Riordan Leadership Institute Class 32, has shown that being a true community leader is more than just a title. She is an audit partner at Green Hasson Janks, leading the firm’s nonprofit practice, however, her leadership responsibilities do not end there. She also serves as the Board President of the Downtown Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness for women.

Follow the announcements of the next 22 honorees via SCLN social media, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce newsletter and the NBC4 community page. Tickets for SCLN’s Visionaries Awards, held Nov. 30 at the Theatre at Ace hotel can be purchased here.


Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN), a partnership with the Center for Leadership at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a more dynamic and prosperous region and state led by informed, collaborative, inspired, diverse and capable leaders. SCLN advances the region and the state by inspiring, preparing and connecting leaders to drive change.

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