Irene Tovar

Irene Tovar HRC
Commissioner

Ms. Irene Tovar is the Chief Executive Officer of LACA, a non-profit muti-family service agency, focusing on Affordable Housing. As a California State University at Northridge Alumnus, she received “The Distinguished Alumni Award” as a “Trailblazer”, highest award given to an alumni. In 2019 was appointed to CSUN Diversity and Inclusion Commission by the CSUN President. Was Chair of the CSUN Alumni Association.Served eight years under Governor Jerry Brown Administration as its first Mexican American appointed to the State Personnel Board and as its President was instrumental in implementing policies and procedures that removed artificial barriers in the State Civil Service System including differential pay and Affirmative Action. Served on the full time board of the State Public Employment Relations Board, a quasi-judicial Board. In 1974,  was President of the L.A. City Civil Service Commission. In 1971 was a board member of the LA Urban Coalition and United Way. In 2001 served as member of the L. A. City Redistricting Commission. For thirteen years was a member and then Chair of the LA City Proposition Q Citizens Oversight Committee circa 2000-2013. She is a founder of Los Angeles Mission College and on its  Advisory Board. Ms Tovar has served in varies Mexican/ Latino and intergroup organizations. She has received numerous awards for her community work.