L.A. Area Chamber and Southern California Leadership Network congratulate Leadership Alum Karen Baker on Governor appointment


February 27, 2008

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) congratulate leadership alum Karen Baker on her appointment as Secretary of Service and Volunteering– the first such state cabinet position in the nation.  Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new position aims to raise the profile of volunteerism and emergency relief in the State of California.

Baker is a graduate of the Leadership Southern California Class of 1991, and was recently honored by SCLN as Graduate of the Year at its annual Southern California Visionaries awards luncheon.  Boasting more than 20 years of leadership experience, Baker most recently served as executive director of CaliforniaVolunteers, and has also served as the deputy director for AmeriCorps*VISTA and executive director of Los Angeles-based non-profit Chrysalis, dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.

The Southern California Leadership Network is a partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Offering two leadership programs each year – Leadership Southern California and Leadership L.A  – SCLN has served nearly 1,000 leaders that go on to serve on civic boards, commissions and hold leadership roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout the State of California.

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The mission of the Southern California Leadership Network is to develop a productive network of exemplary and diverse leaders in the business, government and community sectors who are capable of addressing the critical challenges facing the Southern California region. For more information, visit www.leadershipnetwork.org.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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