Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) represents the 54th Assembly District which encompasses communities west of downtown Los Angeles -- Crenshaw to Culver City, north to Westwood and south to Inglewood.
Born and raised in Chicago, Sydney moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and joined 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 exposed to politics while working with her grandmother to elect Harold Washington as the first African American mayor of Chicago in 1983. In 1992, while studying at USC, the Los Angeles riots broke out. She was then motivated to work at Rebuild LA, a nonprofit formed to spur job creation efforts and restore the communities most affected by the riots. She also worked at the Los Angeles Festival, using art to help the city heal. She spent the next 20 years working in many fields, including nonprofits, entertainment, education, and government. Prior to joining the State Legislature, Sydney 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).