Posted on 02/10/2020

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated attorney Capri Maddox to be the first Executive Director of the newly-established Los Angeles Department of Civil and Human Rights (CHRD).

The department will be tasked with protecting Angelenos — and anyone who works in or visits the City of Los Angeles — from discrimination that denies equal treatment in private employment, housing, education, or commerce by initiating and investigating complaints of discrimination, as well as enforcing the L.A. Civil and Human Rights Ordinance.

“Capri’s intellect and powerful sense of justice and equality will make her an outstanding leader of the Department of Civil and Human Rights,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Everyone in L.A. should live free of discrimination that denies basic human dignity and violates our rights as Americans. We will stand up for each other, and put our values at the center of all the work that the department will do.”

In addition to leading the core responsibilities of the CHRD, the executive director will support and advise the Civil and Human Rights Commission, and work closely alongside government leaders, community members, complainants, employers, landlords, creditors, labor organizations, and other stakeholders. The appointment is subject to City Council confirmation.

“Capri not only has the leadership experience necessary to excel in this role, but also the temperament and the unyielding desire for justice that the leader of our Department of Civil and Human Rights should have,” said Councilmember Herb Wesson. “With Capri at the helm of this new department, I know we will hit the ground running from Day 1. She does not know how to fail."

“I am looking forward to working with Capri as the leader moving the agenda of the Los Angeles Department of Civil and Human Rights,” said Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Establishing this department to address discrimination in this city was one of my top priorities. I am confident that Capri will provide excellent leadership in these times of hate and intolerance that we must end.”

“Capri Maddox has served in many roles at various levels of government, and we’re fortunate to have her in this new position,” said Councilmember Curren Price. “Over the years, she has proven to be an exceptional leader, well-respected and always gets the job done! Having someone with her skills and broad experience will be valuable in ensuring this new department is very successful.”

Maddox, a former president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, currently serves as a senior advisor to City Attorney Mike Feuer — overseeing initiatives that include the City Attorney Business Support program and attorney recruitment and outreach efforts. She also created the Foster Care Diversion Program, organized the City Attorney Faith Based Council, addressed key Neighborhood Council and City Council requests, participated in criminal and civil cases, and coordinated school safety efforts with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Maddox served as a Neighborhood Prosecutor from 2005-2010, working alongside residents in coordination with LAPD’s Wilshire Community Police Station.

During the 2018-19 school year, Maddox served as Executive Director of Partnerships for LAUSD — assisting the district with acquiring more than $43 million in resources for students in need and several equity-based initiatives. 

“We can never turn away from the fight to end discrimination wherever it lives — and I’m grateful to Mayor Garcetti for this opportunity to put my professional experience, my relationships, and my heart to work for the people of our city," said Maddox. “We’ll put everything we've got into strengthening our response to inequality and building new partnerships to protect Angelenos from injustice."

Maddox holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Public Administration from the California State University of Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law. She resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and son.