Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell was first elected in 2010 to represent the 47th (now 54th) Assembly District in Los Angeles, which includes the Crenshaw District, Culver City, UCLA, Cheviot Hills, Mar Vista, the Fairfax District and parts of South Los Angeles. She chairs the Assembly's Budget Sub-committee #1 on Health & Human Services and is also a member of the Committees on Budget, Health, Insurance and Public Safety, as well as the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. She chairs California's Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) and the Select Committee on Foster Youth, and also belongs to the Women's Legislative Caucus.
As the chief executive officer of Crystal Stairs for seven years prior to taking public office she championed statewide family-focused policymaking, while assuring access to quality affordable child care for 25,000 children and meeting a monthly payroll for hundreds of employees.
Previously Mitchell worked in the Los Angeles district office of State Senator Diane Watson. As a policy analyst for the California Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, she sought fiscally sound ways to expand health care and other vital services. As the legislative advocate of the Western Center for Law and Poverty she helped develop the groundbreaking Healthy Families program, later serving as executive director of the Black Women's Health Project in Los Angeles.
As mother of a middle-schooler, Holly Mitchell understands the concerns of working families and advocates legislative policy to meet their needs. In the Assembly, she seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of the state's health and education systems. She focuses on job creation and balancing business, human and environmental needs to expand economic opportunity while protecting natural resources.
Mitchell's commitment to community service and social justice began in elementary school when she volunteered in a congressional campaign that eventually led to student activism and a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, following her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Riverside.