Our guest for today’s episode is Joy Atkinson, the new President of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (aka BONC). Joy is a lifelong Angeleno with a talent for community outreach. She has a long and distinguished resume working at various levels of government in service to the residents of South Los Angeles. She served as a founding Board Member of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council and now is in her fifth year as a Commissioner at the BONC. In our conversation, Joy speaks candidly about what it takes to be a successful public servant, neighborhood council board member, and, ultimately, a great community leader. I hope you enjoy it.




Show Notes:

For your convenience, here are some links and notes for all the things mentioned in this episode where you might need a little more background:

ELA Podcast, Episode 1
The first episode of the EmpowerLA Podcast with guest, Tom Soong.

Joy Atkinson Bio
Here you can find a short bio for our guest and the other BONC Commissioners

Gwen Moore
Here you’ll find some more information from the NAACP about Joy’s former boss and colleague, long-time Assemblywoman Gwen Moore.

Karen Bass
Learn more about Congresswoman Karen Bass who was also a member of the California Assembly for many years.

Empowerment Congress
Learn about the organization County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas helped found, which inspired the neighborhood council system.

City Charter
Here you can find the City Charter and other governing documents for the City of Los Angeles. The key provision referenced in our conversation is Section 900.

Grievance policy
Learn more about the policy that the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners pushed to clarify during Joy Atkinson’s term.

EmpowerLA’s monthly podcast is produced by Arin Abedian and hosted by Brett Shears.  
The views expressed in the EmpowerLA Podcast do not necessarily reflect those of EmpowerLA or the City of Los Angeles. The veracity of any claims made during the recording are the sole responsibility of the host and guest(s).