In her new position, she plans to focus on assisting women with retaining access to the workforce, specifically within non-traditional careers, so that they can maintain economic stability and provide for their families.
Prior to her appointment as interim executive director of CSW in 2007, Hawkins served in the Office of the Mayor as a legislative associate. Hawkins also served as a policy analyst in the Education, Youth and Families Office. Prior to joining the city, Hawkins served as an epidemiologist for the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program. In 2003 she also served as health educator of HIV/AIDS prevention for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Lynwood, California, and as program coordinator for health education training for youth with the JWCH Institute in Los Angeles.
Since her appointment as Interim Executive Director, Hawkins has been able to effectively manage the operations of the Commission and create meaningful partnerships with local community based organizations, labor unions, city departments, philanthropy, business, LAUSD, and local institutions of higher education to ensure a brighter future for the women and girls of Los Angeles. She has also reinstated the monthly newsletter, L.A. Woman, highlighting the efforts of women in city government and within the greater community.
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