Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was honored with the President’s Award at the 126th Annual Meeting of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), an organization that is considered the voice of California’s 58 counties at the state and federal level.
“Supervisor Ridley-Thomas embodies the essence of tenacious leadership,” said CSAC President and Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. “When he speaks, people listen… in Los Angeles, California, and across the nation.”
“He went above and beyond in his efforts to ensure our collective County voices were heard in Sacramento and we had a seat at the table on key initiatives that impacted all Counties,” she continued. “Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has been a dear friend and mentor and I am deeply grateful for his leadership, expertise and willingness to foster the potential he sees in others.”
“Thank you very kindly for this honor,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “I wish CSAC nothing but the best as it navigates the policy agenda for the State of California and sets an example for the rest of the nation. It’s important that we view our work through an equity lens if we are to fulfill the promise of democracy for all.”
“I’ve learned a lot over the years I’ve had the opportunity to serve on CSAC’s executive committee, and I’ve benefited from the fellowship and camaraderie as well,” he added. “Though I’m joining the ranks of city service, that will not in any way diminish my commitment to counties: once a Supervisor, always a Supervisor. It’s just that simple.”
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has served his community for more than 30 years, including as Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and terms in the Los Angeles City Council, California Assembly and California State Senate.
He has been an active member of CSAC’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and also served Counties as the co-chair of Governor Newsom’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors and chair of CSAC’s Homelessness Action Team.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, who is on his third and final term at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, recently won election back to the Los Angeles City Council, where he will represent the 10th District.