OC Human Relations Commission

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Founded: In 1971 as an official governmental commission by the Board of Supervisors in collaboration with the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities.

Mission: Seek out the causes of tension and conflict, discrimination and intolerance, and attempt to eliminate those causes.

Appointment Authority: Six Commissioners appointed by the OC Board of Supervisors, five appointed by the City Selection Committee staffed by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Orange County.  Individuals interested in serving on the Commission may contact Orange County Human Relations for more information.   

Role: Conducting hearings on civil and human rights issues; taking positions on challenging human relations issues; studying contentious issues relating to discrimination, intolerance and prejudice; mediating conflicts; educating institutions and individuals in Orange County about issues pertaining to change, diversity, fear and bigotry; evaluating the Executive Director in collaboration with the Orange County Human Relations Board of Directors.

Commissioner’s Responsibility: Prepare for, attend and participate in the monthly meetings of the Commission. Participate in at least one committee.

Orange County Human Relations Commission meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in conference room A/B on the Main floor of Building B, 1300 S. Grand Ave, Santa Ana, 92705. Commission meetings are open to the public; guests are invited to speak during the Open Forum. The office, parking lot and restrooms are accessible to people with disabilities.



Chair: Becky Esparza

Vice-Chair: Rabbi Richard Steinberg

Bekele Demissie

Chief Mike Hamel

Mark Miller

Dr. Chiarina Piazza

Dr. Kerry Reynolds

Elliott Singer

Sean Thomas

Letters From Our Supporters:

From Korean Community Services: “We respect the work of OC Human Relations and understand that they are the leading organization in addressing hate crimes and other issues that affect our community. OC Human Relations is a highly professional organization that we look to partnering and coordinating with as it relates to outreach to the Korean community and plan to continue to do so“…click to read the full letter.


From the Orange County Community Housing Corporation: “On behalf of the 40 year old Orange County Community Housing Corporation, we wish to note the considerable admiration and value we hold for OC Human Relations. Our board has benefitted over the years from the services of OC Human Relations from their work in our communities with diverse populations as well as with our many police departments.”…click to read the full letter.

From Chief Raul Quesada, Anaheim Police Dept: “On behalf of the Anaheim Police Department, I hereby express our support for the tireless efforts of OC Human Relations in their mission to foster and enhance relationships and mutual understanding to improve the lives of individuals and families throughout Orange County”…click to read the full letter

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  1. Women’s History Month

    March 1
  2. Walk In My Shoes – Jr

    March 3 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
  3. International Women’s Day

    March 8

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OC Human Relations
1300 S. Grand Ave. Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA, 92705
(714) 480-6570

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