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: To deal with intergroup tensions; to foster mutual understanding among all residents of Orange County; to promote measures to eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination against any individual or group.
Appointment Authority: Six Commissioners appointed by the OC Board of Supervisors, five appointed by the City/County Coordinating Committee staffed by the Association of California Cities, 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: Ken Inouye
Vice-Chair: Becky Esparza
Nadia Saad Bettendorf
Chief Dave Maggard
Bang Van Pham
Rabbi Richard Steinberg
C. William Wood