Sylvia Drew Ivie, J.D. is currently the Executive Liaison to Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families at the LA County Board of Supervisors. The Commission is dedicated to a vision of a child welfare system where family, community, and a county continuum of care work seamlessly together for the benefit of children and youth. Ms. Drew Ivie is also the Founder and Project Director of the South Los Angeles Community Kitchen, which teaches healthy cooking skills to youth, seniors, and patients with chronic diseases. Ms. Drew Ivie is the former Senior Deputy for Human Services for Mark Ridley-Thomas of the LA County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District. Prior to this she was a consultant to the California Endowment, Disparities in Health in South LA, on the faculty of the Community Health Leadership Training Program, and was the Chief Executive Director of the T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic, Inc. T.H.E. Clinic is a primary health care clinic serving largely minority and immigrant women and children in South Central and Southwest Los Angeles, California. Previous work experiences include Executive Director of the National Health Law Program, Director of the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Assistant Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Ms. Drew Ivie is a member of the Advisory Committee to RAND Corporation, a member of the Board of Directors for the Angell Foundation, and serves on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Ms. Drew Ivie is a recipient of many awards including the 1993 United Way’s Agency Excellence Award for the Most Innovative Approach to Service Delivery, the 1994 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, the 1995 Center for Women’s Policy Studies’ Wise Women Award, and the 2002 California Black Caucus’s Community Asset Award. Ms. Drew Ivie gained her Bachelor of Arts at Vassar College and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.