Ms. Pryor has more than 30 years of experience leading child welfar
and social services policy and system improvement initiatives. She is the Chief Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, where she oversees operations and services. She is deeply passionate and committed to bringing hope to vulnerable communities and organizations through human service innovation, leadership development, and strategic system and policy reform. Before joining the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, Ms. Pryor served as the Senior Director of the Casey Family Programs Los Angeles Field Office
and as a Senior Director of Strategic Consulting supporting more than 45 different child welfare jurisdictions. Casey Family Programs is a national child welfare foundation based in Seattle, Washington. She also served as the Director of the Georgia Division
of Family and Children Services, where she managed the Child Welfare Department and the Office of Family Independence.
Friends of the Children – Los Angeles’ (Friends LA) Executive Director, Thomas G. Lee, has dedicated his career to empowering youth to reach their full potential. In 3 years, Friends LA is the fastest growing chapter of the 22 Friends of the Children sites across the country and UK—growing to serve 324 children and parents who have been impacted by foster care. Friends LA is providing long-term, salaried professional mentors to families in South LA and Antelope Valley--for 12+ years, no matter what. Friends LA is the first mentoring program to focus on foster care prevention by matching their professional mentors, called Friends, to children starting in kindergarten and walking by their side until high school graduation.
Holly J. Mitchell
On November 3, 2020, Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell was elected to serve the Second District of Los Angeles County. Throughout her career in public service, Supervisor Mitchell has always worked with the understanding – that creating a California where all residents can thrive – means investing in the communities, families and children of LA County.
Having authored and passed over 90 laws in the California Legislature, Supervisor Mitchell brings an extensive public policy record to the Board of Supervisors. Many of her bills have been at the forefront of expanding healthcare access, addressing systemic racism, and championing criminal justice reform.
During her tenure in the California State Legislature, Supervisor Mitchell represented the 54th District for three years as an Assemblymember and later served seven years as State Senator for the 30th District.
Dr. D'Artagnan Scorza
Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza currently serves as the inaugural Executive Director of Racial Equity for Los Angeles County. In this capacity, he is tasked with championing the elimination of structural racism while also promoting efforts to deepen the County's work on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Dr. Scorza’s life’s work is centered on building leaders who fight for equity in communities and schools. In his previous roles as the Executive Director of Social Justice Learning Institute, a UC Regent and the President of the Board of Education for the Inglewood Unified School District, he launched programs that helped youth of color become social justice leaders and college graduates. He also helped pass policies that prioritized $160 million for student services across UC campuses and secured $350 million to support school construction for k-12 schools.
As a U.S. Navy Iraq-War Veteran and civic leader, he has received numerous awards and accolades, including being recognized as one of the 40 Emerging Civic Leaders under 40 in 2018 and received the UCLA Recent Graduate Achievement Award in 2016.
Dr. Scorza has been quoted in multiple publications, such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Magazine and several podcasts
Tyrone C. Howard is the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was the founding director of the UCLA Black Male Institute, and currently serves as the director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children & Families and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). His books include Why Race & Culture Matters in Schools (Teachers College Press, 2020) Black Male(d), (Teachers College Press, 2014) and All Students Must Thrive (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019).