Mentored by Watson
Diane Watson won her first election as black political power in Los Angeles was on the ascent, and successive generations have called her a mentor, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Karen Bass and newly seated Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), whose first job was in Watson's state Senate office.
2016 Spirit of Courage Awards
On November 17, 2016, Courage Campaign hosted the Sixth Annual Spirit of Courage Awards at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, to honor two courageous champions and inspiring leaders -- State Senator Holly Mitchell and author and activist Steve Phillips.
From live mariachi in the courtyard to rousing speeches and lively conversation, the evening brought together hundreds of Courage Campaign members, partners and friends, reminding us all that the shock of the election would not diminish our courage and commitment to fight for a more progressive California and country.
Senator Mitchell, whose 30th Senate District stretches from Culver City to South Los Angeles, was celebrated for her skill and determination as a legislator, and her unparalleled record fighting for policies that alleviate poverty, roll back the War on Drugs, and bring justice for the most vulnerable Californians. The award was presented by her constituents, with a special video greeting from Congresswoman Karen Bass.
Steve Phillips was honored for his visionary and innovative leadership as the founder of PowerPAC+ and Democracy in Color, and New York TImes-bestselling author of Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created A New American Majority. His award was presented by Jane Kim, who currently serves on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and was the first Korean-American elected official in San Francisco. 
Liberty Hill Foundation
As at 2009, Holly Mitchell, CEO, Crystal Stairs, was on the Board of Directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation, a Los Angeles based organization seeking to advance movements for social change through a combination of grants, leadership training and alliance-building.
Liberty Hill Commissions Training Program
Liberty Hill Commissions Training Program Sponsorship Committee members: Sheila Kuehl (Chair), Director, Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and former State Senator; Dean Hansell President, Board of Fire & Police Pension Commissioners; Lara Bergthold, Principal, Griffin Schein; Aileen Adams, Deputy Mayor of Strategic Partnerships Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Stewart Kwoh, President, Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Kathay Feng, Executive Director, Common Cause; Tom Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); Torie Osborn, Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Larry Frank, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Pascual Romel, Deputy Mayor for the Environment, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Nolan Rollins, President & CEO Los Angeles Urban League; Helen Torres, Executive Director Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE); Regina Freer, Professor, Occidental College, Vice President, Planning Commission; Sharon Delugach, Community Engagement Coordinator, American Federation of Teachers; Roxana Tynan, Executive Director Los Angeles for a New Economy (LAANE). Honorary Co-Chairs: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield.
Secret Cuba trip
A seventh state lawmaker that participated in a 2014. spring break trip to Cuba with “Sacramento’s best-connected lobbyist” has been identified. The office of Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, has confirmed that the freshman legislator spent the spring break holiday in Cuba.
“Please be informed that Assembly Member Shirley Weber traveled to Cuba on vacation at her own expense,” Lisa Martin, Weber’s chief of staff, wrote in an email after multiple requests for comment.
However, Weber’s office refused to acknowledge that the trip to Cuba was in conjunction with the eight-member legislative delegation organized by Darius Anderson, the founder and president of the powerhouse lobbying firm Platinum Advisors.
Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, the only legislator to speak publicly about the Cuba trip, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the trip included a tour of a castle, afternoon salsa lessons and rooftop cocktails, among other activities. In defense of his trip to a foreign country with a registered lobbyist, Achadjian said, “It is also important to note that the delegation included seven other members of the Legislature, nonprofit staff, as well as other business leaders.”
Other attendees include: Achadjian, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, D-San Diego; Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles; Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley; State Senator Ron Calderon, D-Montebello; and State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston.
Los Angeles Women's march
The Women’s March on Washington took place in January 2017, with sister marches also being held all over the country in support of the march. Thousands of people" are gathering and participating in the Los Angeles march, with countless celebrities joining in as well". One of the organizers was Emiliana Guereca'
- Congresswoman Nanette Barragan
- Secretary Alex Padilla
- Yolie Flores (LAUSD – Congressional Candidate)
- Jerilyn Stapleton (California NOW)
- Kathy Spillar (Feminist Majority)
- Araceli Campos, Executive Director, Miguel Contreras Foundation
- Maria Brenes, InnerCity Struggle, President
- California Assemblymember Christina Garcia
- California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
- Paula Kahn (CODE PINK)
- Shane Goldsmith, Liberty Hill Foundation, President
- Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu
- Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin
- Abbe Land (Former Head of the Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles)
- Laura Jimenez (California Latinas for Reproductive Justice)
- Hillary Selvin (National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles)
- Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
- Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
- Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez
- City of Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin
- City Attorney Feuer
- Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn
- Jan Robinson Flint (Black Women for Wellness)
- West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister
- Maria Louisa Roman (Transgender activist)
- West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath
- Soraya Deen (Muslim community)
- Roxana Tynan, President, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
- California Senator Holly Mitchell
- California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
- Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon
- Maria Elena Durazo (General Vice-president for UNITE HERE)
- Sue Dunlap (Planned Parenthood)
- Congresswoman Judy Chu
- Judy Baca
She the People 2018 Summit
She the People's three-year initiative kicked off with its inaugural She the People Summit on September 20, 2018 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The sold-out, first-ever national summit of women of color in politics drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.
Speakers included Holly Mitchell.