Alumni Spotlight: Michael Huynh

Account Director, Public Affairs

Southern California Edison

(RLI Class 33, LLA '09, SCLN Board Membe)

What made you decided to join the SCLN board?

I decided to serve on the SCLN Board because I believe in the organization’s mission to help develop civic-minded leaders and encourage them to take an active role in their local community or in regional and statewide issues. As a proud alumnus of both Leadership L.A. and the Riordan Leadership Institute, which is now part of the SCLN family, I know first-hand how these programs instill a strong sense of community and inspire a journey of life-long leadership learning.

What are some of the benefits you received from RLI and LLA programming?

Both fellowships gave me the confidence to get involved and equipped me with the tools and knowledge needed to become active in my community. LLA provided me with a deeper understanding of the important issues affecting Los Angeles through lectures and site visits as well as the opportunity to connect and network with influential leaders. RLI gave me the tools to be successful in serving on a non-profit board, which I’ve done since I completed the program. This exposure allowed me to have a much broader view in my professional work as well as learn about issues that were of personal interest.

Southern California Edison is a big supporter of SCLN. Could you elaborate on Edison’s commitment?

I am grateful for having an employer like Southern California Edison that encourages and allows its employees to pursue opportunities such as these programs to further our personal and professional growth and development. I would definitely encourage the SCLN fellowships to others who are interested in discovering their own paths in becoming leaders in their communities.