LaKenya M. Jordan was appointed Executive Director of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (Commission) in May of 2020. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Commission having previously served as Director of Legislation and Governmental Affairs at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for over three years and in State Service for over twelve years. She is a collaborator who brings to this role strong leadership and relationships with California’s executive branch, regulators, agency heads, and external stakeholders.
Mrs. Jordan is the former Assistant Director of Legislation for the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency where for over several years she advised the Governor’s Office and Secretary of BCSH on nearly 400 pieces of legislation annually. She served on the California Recovery Task Force under the Schwarzenegger Administration, helping to usher in over $80 billion to aid the state in its economic recovery. As the former Special Assistant to the Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of General Services, she is experienced in leading change across multiple sectors of industry, working with small businesses, developing public-private partnerships and establishing statewide policy and programs. Her track record in public service is matched by 15 years of private sector experience in business development, banking, and finance.
Mrs. Jordan earned an Associate of Arts in General Science from Solano Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Organizational Management from St. Mary’s College, and a Master of Public Health from Touro University. She received Congressional recognition for her community work with breast cancer survivors and Black Infant Health.
Mrs. Jordan is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, a graduate of the Leadership California Issues and Trends program, and an active member of California Women Lead.Mrs. Jordan is passionate about the uplift and empowerment of ALL women and keeps women’s well-being a priority in her leadership work in government and at the community level.
She strives to create and implement sustainable policy by leveraging appropriate and strategic public-private partnerships, excellent stewardship of resources, cultural competency, along with collaborative and forward-thinking leadership, in order to create exponential impacts in improving the lives of women and girls.