In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and the Board of Supervisors proudly honored one “Woman of the Year” from each supervisorial district on Monday, March 9th, at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles.

These awards provide an opportunity to lift up and recognize courageous and dedicated women for their outstanding accomplishments in seeking gender equity as well as their valued contributions in addressing a variety of wellness and quality of life issues facing women throughout the County of Los Angeles.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl honored Joan Ling as the “Woman of the Year” from the Third District.

Ling is a real estate advisor and policy analyst in urban planning. She has 30 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and has worked as an affordable housing developer, property manager, real estate financial analyst, government loan underwriter, and community planner. Her projects include the first multi-family structure in the country awarded the gold certification by the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and received National American Institute of Architect’s Design Honor Awards for two of her building projects.

Ms. Ling has used her hands-on experience to improve public policy, legislation, and government regulations. She has affected many issues including: Reform of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that streamlined affordable and urban in-fill housing production, negotiated the California Mello Act implementation in Los Angeles, ran a successful voter initiative to authorize affordable housing development under Article 34 of the California Constitution, worked to pass local ordinances giving land use incentives and protections for affordable housing development projects, and advocated for more and better targeted financial resources in California’s tax credit and bond-funded housing programs. She is currently working to promote housing choice ranges in Los Angeles transit station areas, land use incentives for affordable housing, and a dedicated funding source in California.