On Wednesday, February 27, EmpowerLA hosted its annual Beyond Neighborhood Councils event, where current and former Neighborhood Council members could learn how to utilize their NC experience by running for higher office; getting appointed to a city commission; or finding a job with the City of Los Angeles (video of the event can be found below). The event was co-sponsored by Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Mid City West Community Council, and was hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles.

Councilmember Koretz started the event by speaking about the importance of civic engagement, his experience running for public office, and he encouraged those in attendance to consider running for Neighborhood Council and higher office.

Next, the panel of city commissioners spoke about what it is like to be on a city commission in the City of Los Angeles, and how that ties into addressing the needs of constituents throughout the city.  The panel included:  2nd Vice Chair of the Human Relations Commission, Irma Beserra Nunez; Commissioner from the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, Debbie Wehbe; and, Former Vice President of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, Bill Funderburk.

The third presentation was about how to find a city job.  Thank you to Michael Rose from the Personnel Department for helping the audience navigate the process of how to find a city job.

Finally, John Darnell from the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment did a presentation describing how to run for higher office in the City of Los Angeles.

Thank you to all the speakers and attendees for a wonderful workshop! For more information on each presentation, please see the following links:


Los Angeles City Council

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz

How to Run for Higher Office – Office of the City Clerk

City Commissions

Board of Neighborhood Commissioners

Board of Water and Power Commissioners

Human Relations Commission

How to Find a City Job – Personnel Department

National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles

Mid City West Community Council