Paul J. Philips, Chairperson


I currently represent the First District on the Los Angeles County Local Government Services Commission. I have been involved in local government, predominately in Los Angeles County, for well over thirty seven years, most of those years serving as a city manager in several local cities, recently in the City of Industry. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners as well as my tenure on the Local Government Services Commission. I view the County of Los Angeles and the services it provides as critical to improving the quality of life in our region.



Jerry G. Velasco, Commissioner


Commissioner Jerry G. Velasco was appointed by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis of the First District in 2015.

Mark Earl Burman, Commissioner


Commissioner Mark Earl Burman was appointed by Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke of the Second District in 2008.



Ruben Gonzalez, Commissioner



Jesse Gabriel, Commissioner


Jesse Gabriel is an attorney with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He currently practices with the firm’s Litigation Department and its Public Policy Practice Group.

Prior to entering private practice, Jesse served as Counsel to Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana. In that capacity, he was responsible for advising the Senator on a broad range of legal and policy issues, including the vetting and Senate confirmation of multiple executive branch and judicial nominees.

Jesse graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2008, where he received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. He earned a B.A. Political Science from UC Berkeley in 2004, where he served as student body president and graduated with Highest Distinction in General Scholarship.






Barry Waite

Barry Waite, Commissioner


Barry Waite is the Business and Employment Development Manager for the City of Carson. He has worked for the city over 25 years, including stints as the city’s GIS manager, in the city manager’s office and as a city planner. In fact, he has worked for every department in the city except recreation, although he did teach ceramics for the LA County Probation department many years ago. Perhaps that is close enough. He teaches GIS for the USC School of Public Policy graduate program. He currently serves on the LA County Commission on Local Governmental Services, the LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee, and the Lawndale Redevelopment Oversight Board and is a former council member for the city of Lomita.



Pamela Albers

Pamela Albers, Commissioner


Pam Albers served in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office as supervisor of the Special Trials division where she was the first prosecutor in the nation to utilize civil abatement laws to end "crack houses" and similar criminal enterprises, working with impacted neighborhoods. As a L.A. city attorney, Pam also enforced the city's private club discrimination ordinance and participated in the U.S. Supreme Court's briefing of related issues. After a stint at Richards, Watson and Gershon, Pam moved to Catalina Island where she served as city attorney for the City of Avalon for 21 years. After leaving that post, Pam scratched a entrepreneurial itch and owned and operated a successful cafe in Avalon, focusing on organic, healthy, prepared from scratch menus.


Andrew Friedman, Commissioner


Attorney Andrew Friedman was born in 1947 in Hungary. His parents are both Holocaust Survivors and they lived in Communist Hungary until the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, when they immigrated to Los Angeles, California. Mr. Friedman received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, from UCLA. He graduated UCLA Law School with a J.D. degree in 1971. Since that time, he heads the law firm of Friedman Law Offices for the last 42 years. He is President of Congregation Bais Naftoli in Los Angeles.

Mr. Friedman is Hearing Officer for the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission and Los Angeles Government Services Commissioner. He is a former Special Advisor to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca; Los Angeles City Fire Commissioner and Los Angeles County Judicial Procedures Commissioner.



Darrell George, Commissioner


Darrell George has been serving as the City Manager of Duarte since October of 2004, and has over 30 years of experience in local government. Darrell is also the President of the San Gabriel Valley City Manager’s Association, on the Contract Cities Liability Trust Fund Board, and a member of the USC City/County Management Fellowship Board of Directors. Prior to working in Duarte, Darrell was the Community Development Director for the Cities of Downey and Pomona, and the Economic Development director for the City of Santa Monica. Darrell earned his MPA from the University of Southern California and his BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



Jules Bagneris, III, Ph.D., 1nd Vice Chairperson


Dr. Bagneris has over 25 years of proven success in public relations, communications, government relations, and management. His commitment to public services began with his election as the first Black Associate Student President at the University of California San Diego where his efforts resulted in the construction of a new Student Center, Olympic size pool/aquatic center, and the establishment of student owned enterprises. While serving as a California State Senate Fellow, he was the first to establish a joint city/state Citizen Advisory Committee for the Pacoima Enterprise Zone leading to the selection of Pacoima as one of the first state Enterprise Zones in California creating an estimate 100 businesses and over 50,000 jobs. In an effort to support law enforcement by improving the physical and emotional health of sworn police officers, he served as the founding Secretary for the Foothill Advisory Boosters Association for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Reverend Bagneris was the past/CEO of four African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) churches in Southern California including Johnson Chapel, El Centro; Bethel Monrovia; Walker Temple, Los Angeles; and Henry McNeal Turner, Culver City; and was elected to represent the Southern California Conference of the A.M.E. church as it Ministerial Alliance President. He was the first son ever to follow his father into the office of President. While president, Rev. Bagneis developed a market strategy in partnership with L.A. Trade Tech College and other prominent non-profit organizations to conduct recruitment and community outreach for foster parent training programs.

Mr. Bagneris is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of California and has served on several boards and Commissions including the Monrovia Resources Development Corporation, the Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley, the L.A. County Narcotics and Dangerous drugs Commission and the L.A. County Small Business Commission. Pastor Bagneis graduated with honors in Political Science/Economics minor form the University of California San Diego and was the Most Outstanding Senior of his class. He received his Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from National University San Diego and his doctorate from the Eternal Word Graduate School in Carson, California.



Ana Ponce, 2nd Vice Chairperson


Ana Ponce is the Chief Executive Officer of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), a network of high performing charter schools serving more than 3300 Pre-K through 12th grade students in the greater MacArthur Park neighborhood near Downtown Los Angeles. CNCA schools are recognized as models for serving predominantly Latino English Language Learners and have won various awards and distinctions including the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award, the California Association of Bilingual Education Seal of Excellence, the California Distinguished Schools award, and the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) award. Born in Mexico, Ana is committed to providing high quality educational options for immigrant families in the neighborhood where she grew up.

An alumnus of Teach for America, she spent 3 years in the classroom before becoming one of the founding teachers and administrators at The Accelerated School, the first independent charter school in South Los Angeles. Under her instructional leadership, The Accelerated School was named elementary school of the year by Time Magazine in 2001. Ms. Ponce earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in Bilingual-Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her administrative Tier 1 credential and second master’s degree from UCLA through the Principal’s Leadership Institute (PLI) and earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University. A veteran of the charter schools movement in California, she serves on the Board of the California Charter Schools Association.



Bob Archuleta, Commissioner


Bob Archuleta was elected to the Pico Rivera City Council in March, 2007. While this is his first elected local government position, he is no stranger to public and community service. As a former combat veteran and paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, Bob has continued to represent the interests of millions of veterans throughout Los Angeles County and around the nation. For the past 17 years, he has served as a Los Angeles County Commissioner of Military Veteran's Affairs and currently holds the position of Commission Chairman. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs to a special Advisory Committee on minority veterans affairs. He also served as chairman of the U.S. Small Business Administration Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs.

Bob is the recipient of a Congressional Recognition Award and has received proclamations for his service to the nation’s veterans from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. His efforts have also been acknowledged by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Brother of Vietnam, the Hispanic Airborne Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the 11th Airborne Division Association. Currently, Bob is the Director of Business Development and Operations with Prudential California Realty and a board member with the Montebello Board of Realtors.

Bob attended Rio Hondo College, where he graduated from the College Police Academy. He is married with five children and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, Bob enjoys jogging and spending time with his family.



Drake Dillard, Commissioner


Drake Dillard AIA, NOMAC is a registered architect with more 30 years of experience in the management of design and construction of medical facilities, educational and commercial projects. Mr. Dillard has managed more than $2.2 Billion dollars in construction totaling more than 900,000 square feet of medical facilities. His expertise includes working on large programs involving multi-disciplinary project teams. Drake’s duties have encompassed program development, budget estimates, schedule development and overall program management. His success in managing projects is founded in assembling good teams that will work hard and with respect for each other. He has worked on projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Africa.

Drake’s educational background includes attending University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in architecture, while continuing his education at Howard University, Washington D.C. receiving his Master’s Degree in architecture.

Affiliations: National Organization of Minority Architects, past National President, Baldwin Hill Home Owner Association Board Member, Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (Lafayette Square Board Member, Zeta Rho Foundation Board Member, ISEE program for LAUSD, Co-Founder. NOMA Architectural Summer Camp Founder, Mentor, Big Brother.



John Sonego, Commissioner


Commissioner John Sonego was appointed by President Herb Wesson, Los Angeles City Council on June 2, 2017.

Commissioner Sonego is the Associate Dean for External Affairs at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the School’s ongoing engagement with alumni, donors, corporate, community, foundation and government partners. He also teaches in the School’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management program.

Prior to joining USC Price, Commissioner Sonego was the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Affairs for UCLA’s School of Public Health. He has also served as the Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and as Vice President at the Rogers Group.

Commissioner Sonego is an active community volunteer, currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the Geffen Playhouse and on the Board of Trustees for the Hollywood Schoolhouse.

Commissioner Sonego received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. from the University of Santa Monica.



Jess Talamantes, Commissioner


With a 32-year career of dedicated service as a Burbank firefighter, Mayor Jess Talamantes brings a powerful perspective to the Burbank City as Mayor.

Jess was elected to council in 2009, but his community involvement has always been strong. While he spent many years on the frontlines in public safety, he also passionately worked the sidelines as a coach to Burbank’s young athletes. His attention to youth programs and commitment to their success continues to this day through his Mayoral theme of A Healthy Burbank. Some of the initiatives this year include ‘Ride a Bike with the Mayor,’ the Mayor’s ‘Healthy Minute’ on The Burbank Channel and the “Let’s Move!” campaign in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mayor Talamantes serves on numerous committees including the Athletic Field Committee, Youth Task Force, Representative to the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, the L.A. County Commission on Local Governmental Services and the Transit Services Task Force. He is past chair of the Park, Recreation, and Community Services Board and Youth Endowment Services Fund Committee. He also served as liaison to the Senior Citizen Board and Burbank Athletic Federation.

A Burbank resident since 1962, Jess is a graduate of John Burroughs High School. He earned his B.S. in Fire Protection Administration and Technology from California State University at Los Angeles.



Darron Enns, Ex-Officio Member




Nicole Nishida, Ex-Officio Member