OC Human Relations Commission

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 OC League of Cities after nomination by their City Council.

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 Community Resources Department.

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 and guest are invited to speak during Open Forum at the beginning of each meeting. The office parking lot and restrooms are accessible to people with disabilities.


Chair: Carol Turpen      Vice-Chair: Ken Inouye

Nadia Saad Bettendorf            Becky Esparza                 Timothy Kowal           Chief Dave Maggard
Bang Van Pham                     Rabbi Richard Steinberg    Rev. David Rader        C. William Wood        Doug Wooley

Commission News

  • OC Human Relations Job Posting - Chief Development Officer OC Human Relations Job Posting – Chief Development Officer
    POSITION DESCRIPTION This is a new management level position that reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is part of the executive leadership team. The CDO is responsible for fund development and...
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  • 2014 Legacy Awards Media Release 2014 Legacy Awards Media Release
    OC Human Relations Legacy Awards commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by honoring individuals and groups that have made extraordinary contributions to Orange County by advocating for civil rights...
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  • Alfonso On The Radio Alfonso On The Radio
    Our very own Alfonso Clarke, Dispute Resolution Program Director and 2014 Orange County Mediation Conference Chair, talks to Mari Frank, host of KUCI’s “Prescriptions for Healing Conflict” show, about OC Human Relations...
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Contact Us

OC Human Relations
Bldg B, 1300 S. Grand,
Santa Ana, CA, 92705
Phone: (714) 567-7470
Fax: (714) 567-7474

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