Joumana Silyan-Saba serves as the Director of Policy and Discrimination Enforcement for the Los Angeles City Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department (LA Civil Rights). In this role, she is instituting the discrimination enforcement operation aimed at implementing the LA Civil Rights Law to address discriminatory practices in commerce, education, employment, and housing. Ms. Silyan-Saba also leads the development of policies to prevent hate, bias and discrimination.
Ms. Silyan-Saba is an accomplished public leader, with a career spanning 17 years of service in non-profit and city government. She served as a policy director in Mayor Garcetti’s Office for Public Safety, and led the strategic goals to build social cohesion, and increase social protective factors to prevent all forms of hate, extremism and violence. Previously she served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission and worked to promote civic engagement and advocated to advance access and inclusion of disenfranchised communities.
In 2015, she was invited to the White House, where she briefed Vice President Biden. She advised the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Planning Committee on exploring the use of health approaches in community-level strategies, and the subsequent publication. She is a frequent invited guest speaker, moderator and panelist at national and international conferences on a wide range of topics ranging from community empowerment, race relations, public safety, among others. Joumana has further published research and contributed to articles on these topics. She was invited to conduct trainings with the U.S. Department of State on community-law enforcement partnerships in both Nepal and India. She has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills and taught graduate courses on negotiation, conflict resolution and peace-building. She is a certified mediator in accordance to the California Dispute Resolution Act.
She was recognized for her service with the 2017 Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award and has received several other awards and recognitions. Joumana is a non-resident Fellow at George Washington University Program on Extremism in Washington, DC. She earned a Master’s degree in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement from California State University.