Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced this week the appointment of Liberty Hill's President/CEO Kafi D. Blumenfield to the California Commission on the Status of Women. Here's the text of the press release about the appointment from his office.
"The state of California is fortunate to have a person of Kafi Blumenfield's caliber on the venerable Commission on the Status of Women," said Speaker Pérez. "She will be a positive and effective voice for women and girls on issues that are fundamental to their well-being – with educational and economic equity, access to health care, reproductive choice, and prevention of violence against women at the top of those priorities."
Ms. Blumenfield is the President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, a social change grant-making institution in Los Angeles.
"I am very pleased that the Speaker has named Kafi Blumenfield to this position – she is someone with whom I know I can work well," said Assemblymember Bill Monning, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health. "I look forward to working with her and the Commission on establishing policy goals that will improve the lives and health outcomes for women and girls in the state."
"I have known and respected Kafi Blumenfield for many years as I serve on the Liberty Hill Foundation Board of Directors," said Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health. "Her commitment and dedication to policies that improve the lives of others, and her ability to translate goals and aspirations into effective action, is outstanding. As an African American woman, I am delighted that Kafi will join me in bringing this important perspective to the Commission's focus and look forward to serving with her on the Commission."
During her tenure at Liberty Hill, Ms. Blumenfield has overseen critical aspects of the foundation's work, including the launch of the Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change, an intensive on-the-job training program for community organizers working on justice and equality issues such as environmental health, the economic revitalization of low-income communities, and democratic participation. The Foundation provides approximately $4.5 million dollars annually to organizations working on the frontlines of change, such as Black Women for Wellness, Gender Justice L.A., and Pacoima Beautiful.
Ms. Blumenfield is a board member of the Southern California Grantmakers, and an advisory board member of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Office of Strategic Partnerships as well as the Draper Center for Community Partnerships at Pomona College. She is also a member of the selection committee for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards, and she previously served on the national board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Ms. Blumenfield is a 2012 National Women's Political Caucus Calendar Honoree and National Council of Negro Women Distinguished Community Leader Honoree. In 2011 she received the Stonewall Young Democrats Visionary Award.
Ms. Blumenfield and her husband have two young children. She holds a law degree from UCLA and a B.A. from Pomona College.
The Commission on the Status of Women was established in 1965. It provides a statewide perspective to the legislature and other policymakers on issues of concern to women and children – with a primary focus on health care, economic security and social equality issues.