Matthew Johnson Appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, I was honored to join my colleagues in unanimously approving the appointment of Matthew Johnson to the Los Angeles Police Commission.
Mr. Johnson is the managing partner of Ziffren Brittenham, LLP, widely considered the country’s premier entertainment law firm and a leader in structuring and negotiating cutting-edge transactions in the rapidly changing media and entertainment industries.
He was also named one of the Root 100 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. He is a graduate of Rutgers College and NYU School of Law. Mr. Johnson supports several charitable and civic organizations. He has been involved with The Boys and Girls Club since 1997 and is a past Board President of both Challengers Boys & Girls Club in South-Central Los Angeles and the Echo Park Boys & Girls Club. He currently serves as a National Trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Johnson is also a member of the board of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Foreign Policy Roundtable, Common Sense Media, and The Next Generation.
Mr. Johnson was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, honored by the Zeta Rho Foundation for his positive contributions to society and the youth of greater Los Angeles, is a proud recipient of the National Champion for Children's Award from the Alliance For Children's Rights, and the Dream Keeper Award from the I Have a Dream Foundation for his dedication to education. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Yasmine and four children, Kailey, Nicolas, Maverick, and Malala.
The Board of Police Commissioners, originally created in the 1920’s, is comprised of five civilians who donate their time to the City while maintaining their professional careers. They are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Commissioners serve a maximum of two five-year terms. The Commissioners routinely spend 25-50 hours per week on Commission business, and serve as the citizens’ voice in police affairs and as a means of ensuring more responsive and effective City government.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee