The Los Angeles Association of Black Personnel (LAABP) was created during the tenure of Mayor Tom Bradley, who advocated and implemented decisive measures to ensure equal employment opportunities within the City’s workforce.
To prepare African American employees to successfully compete for higher-level positions, Mayor Bradley suggested the establishment of an organization specially focused on training and advocacy for people of color. His recommendation inspired a small group of black managers and supervisors to form the LAABP with the mission of motivating, encouraging and educating individuals, to realize their dreams and move forward in their career within city government.
As a result of Mayor Bradley’s vision, the LAABP was incorporated and approved by the Los Angeles City Council in 1972 as the official representative of people of color who are city employees. Today, 44 years later, LAABP remains at the forefront of the battle for equal employment within the City’s work force.
The Association continues to work diligently to bring about greater opportunities for African Americas to enhance their careers and to pursue progressive achievements in City service through career development seminars, mock interview workshops, mentorship programs and networking forums. In addition, LAABP has presented nearly $200,000 in scholarships to college-bound students since 2003.
On behalf of the 550+ members of the LAABP, the Board of Directors acknowledges and appreciates Mayor Tom Bradley for his role in providing the foundation for our organization. As we face the challenges of the 21st century, we remain committed to our mission and will continue our efforts to ensure fairness and equal opportunity.
Together we can accomplish what none of us can do alone.