Alumni Spotlight: Semee Park

Legislative deputy

Office of Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Mitchell Englander

(LLA '11, NALF '13)

How did the up-close examination and exposure to community issues through Leadership L.A. and the New American Leaders Fellowship directly impact your work?

Being part of Leadership L.A. and the New American Leaders Fellowship program has not only helped to expand my network, but, more importantly, has helped to foster and sustain a more meaningful relationship with the people I work with.

The key component to solving community challenges is collaboration, which can only be achieved through leveraging our own interconnected relationships. To be a successful Legislative Deputy, my network needs to be diverse since the City of Los Angeles encompasses such wide-ranging issues, from public safety to economic development, to homelessness, to public art. Meaningful public policy discussions can only be had when everyone is at the table.

The individuals who participate in the program do so because they care about the community and want to make a difference. It’s energizing and inspiring to study with and learn from passionate individuals who are experts in their field. The friendships I’ve developed through my participation continues to help me in my work, volunteer activities and personal passions.