MEASURE H CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT ADVISORY BOARD (COAB)
The same ordinance that placed Measure H on the March 2017 ballot also created a five-member Citizens’ Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) appointed by the Board of Supervisors to ensure a public accounting of the first and only sales tax dedicated to preventing and addressing homelessness.
The COAB meets quarterly to discuss a range of topics and conduct periodic audits. Their next meeting is scheduled on September 1.
Appointed by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District
John Naimo is the former Auditor-Controller for Los Angeles County, responsible for overseeing a department with an annual operating budget of $105 million and an additional technology budget of $52 million. He possesses extensive experience with the establishment of County fiscal and internal control policies and procedures; administering the County payroll; conducting audits and fraud investigations; monitoring social services contracts; performing mandated property tax functions; disbursing warrants to vendors, child support recipients, judgment and damages to claimants; and managing the County’s enterprise financial and payroll systems. Mr. Naimo also oversaw the issuance of the Los Angeles County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Taxpayers’ Guide, and Single Audit Report. He has over 39 years of experience with the County Auditor-Controller and served as Auditor-Controller until his retirement in March 2019. Mr. Naimo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Appointed by Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Second District
Amelia Williamson is the principal and chief strategist for AWA consults, a boutique social impact agency whose mission is to build bridges across philanthropy, community, and influence. AWA provides advising, organizational development and strategy building specializing in services for high impact individuals and organizations. AWA has advised organizations such as the Ballmer Group, Times Up and the Weingart Foundation. Before launching AWA, Williamson served as the President of the Magic Johnson Foundation whose mission is to provide resources, build participation, and inspire self-sufficiency in underserved communities. In 2014, inspired and supported by Mr. Johnson, Williamson made a commitment to realizing her own entrepreneurial aspirations. Williamson’s career journey includes management roles for Junior Achievement of Southern California, the Girl Scouts of America and USC’s Center for Civic Culture and Religion where her work spanned across organizational strategy, fundraising, communications, and business development. Throughout her career Williamson has earned a reputation that still corresponds to her today, one that denotes a true professional who is able to maintain a fixed commitment to integrity and holistic excellence. Williamson is a strong advocate for social justice, the development of women and girls and equity in philanthropy. A strong believer in service, Williamson serves on the executive committee for both the Liberty Hill Foundation and Chrysalis Board of Directors. Williamson is also a Trustee for the California Science Center and on the Board of Councilors for the USC Sol Price School of Policy. In 2018 Williamson was appointed by the Mayor to the Los Angeles oversight commission for measure HHH, a measure to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to fund affordable housing and most recently has been appointed to Measure H, Oversight Commission by Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Williamson graduated cum laude from Wilberforce University in Ohio and has a bachelor’s degree in mass media communications. She also holds a master’s degree in organizational development with an emphasis in leadership from Antioch University.
Appointed by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District
Christine Margiotta is the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Los Angeles, a venture philanthropy nonprofit that invests in emerging organizations and leaders to create a more thriving and just Los Angeles. She has dedicated her career to harnessing the collective power of Angelenos to create unprecedented large-scale change. For more than 15 years, she has leveraged a blend of collective impact, grantmaking, community engagement, and policy change to create progress on a wide range of issues, including homelessness, education, racial and economic justice, and LGBTQ rights. Prior to joining Social Venture Partners, Margiotta was the vice president of community impact at United Way of Greater LA, where she led the strategic implementation of their mission to create pathways out of poverty. She designed, launched, and directed Home For Good, the region’s initiative to end homelessness. Home For Good cultivated the collaboration of over 200 cross-sector leaders and leveraged over $1 billion in resources to house 35,000+ of the most vulnerable Angelenos. Her team led the collaborative creation of the Coordinated Entry System in Los Angeles County, a groundbreaking system built by front-line staff that is now replicated across the country. Home For Good helped accomplish a 59% reduction in veteran homelessness during her tenure. Her work on the Home for Good Funders Collaborative received the Award for Public/Private Partnerships from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and the Council on Foundations.
Appointed by Supervisor Janice Hahn, Fourth District
Andrew Kerr has been a dedicated and passionate supporter of nonprofit and service providing organizations throughout his career. In 2002, he joined with colleagues and friends to start Housing Works, a visionary nonprofit agency providing supportive housing services to chronically homeless individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County. Kerr served as treasurer, financial officer, and vice chair of Housing Works’ Board of Directors. During his time at Housing Works, the agency grew from only one employee to a fully functional staff of 35 and a budget of over $2.5 million. Kerr was appointed to the City of Long Beach’s Homeless Services Advisory Committee in 2014, and helped oversee the City’s Homeless Services Division in the Department of Health. In 2016, Kerr was appointed by Mayor Robert Garcia to serve on his Affordable and Workforce Housing Study Group. This group presented a series of recommended policy and administrative changes to the Mayor and the Long Beach City Council in the Spring of 2017.