Assemblywoman Luz Rivas Appointed as Chair of the Select Committee on the Non-Profit Sector

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SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) was appointed as the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Non-Profit Sector by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood). The Committee is comprised of 11 members with the goal of assisting the non-profit sector by evaluating their economic significance to the State and their programs to improve the social well-being of millions of Californians.

Non-profits serve as a critical partner to the State of California. In many cases, non-profits are trusted messengers that serve the most vulnerable communities, as they have incorporated cultural competencies and language access into their services. California’s non-profits have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic without hesitation to continue serving their communities, protect public health, and support their employees.

“I am honored that Speaker Rendon has appointed me as the Chair of the Select Committee on the Non-Profit Sector,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “As a founder of a non-profit, I immediately understood the disruption that the pandemic had on community-based organizations and for the people they serve. This is why I led 30 of my colleagues in an effort to ensure that our non-profits were included in the State’s financial relief package. While we were successful in our efforts, we still have a lot of work to do, and have a long way to go before our economy recovers. However, I am ready to advocate for non-profits, the backbone of our communities.”

“We at the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) could not be happier to see Assemblywoman Luz Rivas step into chairing the Assembly Select Committee on the Non-profit Sector. Assemblywoman Rivas knows the importance of non-profits to the economy and to the wellbeing of California's children. She founded a non-profit -- DIY Girls -- which brought together her background as an engineer and her commitment to helping young girls succeed. She has been a profound friend of non-profits -- making sure that non-profits are included in COVID-19 relief, and arguing for the contract flexibility health clinics, food banks and other non-profits desperately need as they adapt to the pandemic. Luz Rivas is a leader in making sure that California non-profits can do their best work, and by doing so, supporting everyone in California,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO CalNonprofits.

Assemblywoman Luz Rivas proudly represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the City of Los Angeles communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and the City of San Fernando.