Human Services Commission

Meeting Information

Date: 2nd Wednesday of every month
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Jackie Robinson Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Contact Information

Staff Rep: Lola Osborne
Phone: 626-744-4791
Mailing Address: Human Services Commission
City of Pasadena
1020 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

Commission Members

Name Nominating Authority Term Expires
Lila Guirguis Mayor 6/30/23
Latasha D. Jamal District 1 6/30/22
Christopher Matthes District 2 6/30/24
Jamie Wright District 3 6/30/23
Nasir Rasheed District 4 6/30/21
Gloria Medel District 5 6/30/23
Michael R. Albrecht District 6 6/30/21
Jessica Xie, Chair District 7 6/30/22
James Aragon PCC 6/30/21
Ana Maria Apodaca PUSD 6/30/22
Joe Ford Agency Representative 6/30/22
Kenneth Rotter Agency Representative 6/30/22
Jacques Bolton Agency Representative 6/30/21


The Commission shall consist of 13 members, who shall be nominated as follows: Each of the 7 Council members and the Mayor shall nominate 1 member each for a total of 8. The Pasadena Area Community College Board of Trustees shall nominate 1 member who resides within the PCC boundaries. The Pasadena Unified School District shall nominate 1 member who resides in PUSD boundaries. Human services agencies providing services within Pasadena shall recommend 3 members to the Commission for nomination to the Council, provided that each nominee must represent an agency serving Pasadena residents. All nominations are subject to ratification by the City Council. Members shall be required to file annual statements of economic interest pursuant to the city’s Conflict of Interest Code.


The purpose of the Human Services Commission is to advise and make recommendations to the City Council regarding human service needs of people of all ages in this community. The commission will aid the city in facilitating collaborative efforts and a coordinated approach to improve and expand the delivery of quality human services in Pasadena. The commission is established to respond to significant unmet needs and gaps as identified in city documents related to human services.

2018-2019 Work Plan

The work plan of the Human Services Commission for the 2018-2019 year is strategically focused on the following:

The Early Child Development Policy

In June of 2014 the City Council requested that the Human Services Commission revise the 20-year old Child Care Policy. The revised policy, renamed the Early Child Development Policy, was adopted by the City Council on March 23, 2015. This policy is a 5-year Master Plan to unite diverse programs and services in the City of Pasadena and to meld them into a cohesive coordinated family-centered system that focuses policy, services, and pursuit of public and private funding options to improve the lives of young children, ages birth to five. The Master Plan will bring direction and a comprehensive approach to early childhood policy and services in Pasadena.

One of the key objectives of the Human Services Commission Work Plan for 2015-2016 is to support and monitor the implementation of the Master Plan and the Eight Building Blocks.

  • Elements of An Aligned System for Young Children
  • Partnerships/Collaboration
  • Data Collection – Measure of Success
  • Health & Wellness Strategies for Infants/Young Children
  • Access to High Quality Early Education in Variety of Settings
  • Neighborhood-Based Parent Engagement & Family Supports
  • Culturally Specific Programs for English Language Learners
  • Transition From Pre-School to Kindergarten


Foster Care Youth:

The commission continues its interest in supporting and serving Foster Youth through involvement in the annual Town Hall Meeting for current & former Foster Youth sponsored by Senator Carol Liu and numerous public and private agencies directly involved with the needs and welfare of Foster Youth. Assisted with the planning and implementation of this community effort to focus on how best to support Foster Youth in navigating the systems of support and assistance.

The Pasadena Youth Council

The commission collaborates with the Youth Council on initiatives such as: Bullying Prevention Month in October and ………..Are there any other inititiatives? I cannot find their workplan on line.

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and Pasadena Assistance Fund (PAF) Grants

The Human Services Commission works closely with the City’s Housing and Career Services Department in reviewing applications for the CDBG and PAF funding cycles, every two years. The CDBG grants are awarded through funds the City receives from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The PAF is an endowment managed by the Pasadena Community Foundation, a partnership between the City of Pasadena and PCF to serve the local community. In 2017-18 the commission reviewed applications from private non-profit organizations to provide services and supports for various human services needs for people of all ages in the City of Pasadena. The grants are awarded to local human service agencies serving Pasadena. Following review of the applications, the commission makes funding recommendations for approval by the City Council. The next cycle of funding will occur during the 2019-20 year.

Term of Office

3 years. Limited to 2 consecutive terms. A term of 1 year shall not be considered a full term. No member who has served 2 terms shall be eligible for reappointment to the commission prior to the passage of a 2 year interval.