Late last year, the Board of Supervisors voted to create a County-wide Women and Girls Initiative in order to begin to broadly address the disproportionate disadvantages and burdens faced by LA County women and girls.

After a nationwide search, the Board was happy to announce the selection of Regina Waugh (above) as the Women and Girls Initiative’s first-ever Executive Director. Regina joins the County after seven years in Washington D.C., where she helped coordinate federal efforts to empower women and girls around the world. Most recently, she served as chief of staff in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues in the US State Department.

A Southern California native, Waugh said she intends to rely on a collaborative approach and to engage the community in her new role.

“It’s a matter of pulling together smart people to address the layers of issues that impede the progress of women and girls,” Waugh said. “I expect we’ll have a lot of different ideas and a process that gives everyone a voice in making change.”

The Board also announced the members of the WGI Governing Council, with each Supervisor appointing three of the fifteen members. Supervisor Kuehl announced the following leaders as her appointments to the Governing Board:

Kafi Blumenfield:

Blumenfield is a philanthropic and social justice change-maker. She was the founding executive director of the children’s science museum Discovery Cube LA, is the former CEO of the nonprofit Liberty Hill Foundation and currently serves on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

Wendy Greuel:

Greuel has spent decades in public policy leadership positions, focusing on education, child care, public health, housing, and economics. She heads the governing board of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and previously served on the Los Angeles City Council and as LA City Controller.

Jai Lee Wong:

Wong is founding director of Women’s Leadership Circles, which promotes financial literacy and supports women leaders in nonprofit organizations. She helped launched the Women’s Foundation of California and the National Pacific Asian Women’s Forum, and worked for The California Endowment as Senior Program Officer, focusing on women’s health, workforce development, and environmental issues.

Click here for the complete list of dynamic leaders rounding out the Governing Board.

“This critical initiative will address a longstanding blind spot in our policies and services to better address the real-life needs and barriers faced by women and girls,” said Kuehl. “I’m excited about the tremendous combination of proven leadership, experience, vision and know-how we’ve recruited to lead this important new chapter in LA County.”