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
Ambassador
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
Khansa T. Jones-Muhammad
Khansa T. Jones-Muhammad
Khansa T. Jones-Muhammad
Mandla Kayise
Mandla Kayise
Mandla Kayise
Dr. Katrina VanderWoude
Dr. Katrina VanderWoude
Dr. Katrina VanderWoude
Professor Cheryl Harris
Professor Cheryl Harris
Professor Cheryl Harris