Reparations Advisory Commission

About The Commission

In June 2021, the City of Los Angeles established the Reparations Advisory Commission, a blue-ribbon task force comprised of leading voices in activism, academia, law, and racial justice — which will advise the City on a future reparations pilot program for a group of Black residents.

The L.A. Reparations Advisory Commission will be tasked with providing recommendations for the format, function, and goals of a potential reparations pilot program in Los Angeles, including strategies and opportunities to seek public and/or private dollars to fund pilot programs. 

The Commission will identify an appropriate academic partner, before beginning the formal process of developing and advocating for implementation of a pilot reparations program targeted at a cohort of Black residents. 

The blue-ribbon commission’s members have been selected jointly by Mayor Garcetti and African-American members of the City Council, and are supported by the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department's Office of Racial Equity.

Commissioners

Michael Lawson
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson
Chair
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson
Khansa T. Jones-Muhammad
Khansa T. Jones-Muhammad
Vice Chair
Khansa T. Jones-Muhammad
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
Secretary
Mark Wilson
Mandla Kayise
Mandla Kayise
Commissioner
Mandla Kayise
Dr. Katrina VanderWoude
Dr. Katrina VanderWoude
Commissioner
Dr. Katrina VanderWoude
Professor Cheryl Harris
Professor Cheryl Harris
Commissioner
Professor Cheryl Harris
Virgil Roberts
Virgil Roberts
Commissioner
Virgil Roberts