Los Angeles, CA (May 11, 2017) -- Nadia Davis-Lockyer has been confirmed unanimously by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to serve on the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission, the agency's governing board. She replaces Commissioner Owen Newcomer, who resigned.
Davis-Lockyer, who was appointed by Supervisor Janice Hahn, will take her seat at the May 26 meeting of the full commission.
Davis-Lockyer has been a strong advocate for young people ever since she was an undergraduate at UCLA in the early 1990s. While a student at UCLA, she mentored inner-city youth through Project Motivation. At Loyola Law School, where she received her J.D. in 1996, Davis-Lockyer mentored students at a neighboring elementary school.
Following law school, she wrote a handbook and conducted seminars throughout the state for immigrant children and youth seeking higher education.
In 1997, Davis-Lockyer was elected to the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees. As board president, she led efforts to increase college attendance rates and reduce teen pregnancy rates. Davis-Lockyer later served as executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, where she helped children and families cut through red tape to get the assistance and support they needed.
In 2010, Davis-Lockyer was elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. She chaired the SSI Advocacy Committee and worked on such pressing issues as mental health, homelessness, youth violence prevention, and education.
"I am very honored to be named to the LAHSA Commission," said Davis-Lockyer, "and I am eager to join my colleagues in the ongoing effort to end homelessness in Los Angeles County. There is no more critical issue facing our community in these times."
"Nadia has devoted her life to helping those in need," said Wendy Greuel, chair of the LAHSA Commission. "Her dedication and commitment will be great assets to the Commission."
"Homelessness is the most pressing issue currently facing Los Angeles County and LAHSA is at the frontlines," said Supervisor Hahn, who appointed Davis-Lockyer to the commission. "Nadia Davis-Lockyer has dedicated her life to public service and will continue to fight for those most in need in her new role on the LAHSA Commission."
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages more than $132 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons. For more information visit www.lahsa.org.