Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) was elected to the California State Assembly in a special election on April 3, 2018 and sworn-in April 16, 2018. She represents the 54th Assembly District that includes communities west of downtown Los Angeles, from Crenshaw to Culver City, north to Westwood and south to Inglewood.
Born and raised in Chicago, Sydney attended St. Ignatius College Prep where she took courses in liberation theology and social justice. While in high school, she did missionary work in the Appalachian Mountains. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She earned her master’s degree in arts management and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.
Sydney was first exposed to politics while working with her grandmother to help Harold Washington become the first African American mayor of Chicago in 1983. In 1992 while studying at USC, the Los Angeles riots broke out. That motivated her to work at Rebuild LA, a nonprofit formed to help spur job creation efforts and restore the communities most affected by the riots. She also worked at the Los Angeles Festival which used art to help the city heal and spent the next 20 years working for nonprofits, the entertainment industry, education field and government. Prior to joining the State Legislature Ms. Kamlager-Dove was president of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees and district director to CA State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).