Ms. Betty Wilson has broad and varied professional leadership experience in the areas of government, management, policy development, civil rights, cultural and ethnic persity, and accessibility. She has served as Director of Community Services for the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability from 2001 through June 2011 and as Assistant Executive Director from 1998 to 2001. Presently, she heads up the international consulting group of Betty R. Wilson and Associates. Additionally, she has advised many governmental agencies, both throughout the United States and internationally, on best practices in the protection and maintenance of civil rights. In November 2011, she was appointed to the California Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and served in 2012 as a member of the LA City Attorney Dispute Resolution Program as a mediator and facilitator and participated in the “Days of Dialogue” with the LA County Probation Department.
In 2008, Ms. Wilson provided consultant services and technical assistance to the City of Madrid, Spain and in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Ms. Wilson was invited by the Moscow City Government, as a Plenary Session speaker and workshop leader, at the Third and Fourth International Conference on “Equal Rights – Equal Opportunities” which included a major section on “Universal Design: New Concepts and Best Examples” and was invited to return as a Plenary Speaker for the “Integration, Life, Society-2013”. In addition, Ms. Wilson was also invited as a Plenary Session Speaker and Panel Moderator by the government of the City of Seoul, Korea in October 2011, to participate in the “Second Annual World Association of Women with Disabilities (WAWD)”.
In 1990 Ms. Wilson was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley as Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office on Disability, a position she held for eight years, and where she was responsible for establishing the first municipal Department on Disability in the nation.
Honors, affiliations, and consultancies include, but are not limited to: United Nations Human Rights Commission, 1993 and 1995; U.N. Distinguished Service Award – Medal of Excellence, 1998; provided training to U.N. Human Rights Commission, 2001; and the Southern California Employment Roundtable, Carol Schiller Award, 2001. Her most recent honors include the: LA County Board of Supervisors Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service; LA City Council Resolution as July 29th, “Betty Wilson Day in the City of Los Angeles”; City of Los Angeles Leadership Award, and the City of Los Angeles Outstanding Mentor Award for Young Professionals (2010); and was appointed to the LA City Commission on Disability. Additional honors include: University of Southern California Center for Law and Public Policy – Achievement Award; State of California Commission on Disability Access; Co-chair, Los Angeles Police Department Task Force on Mental Health; California State Medicare Advisory Committee; and Board of Governors of Olympia Hospital, Los Angeles. International Consultancies include: the City of Moscow, Russia; Seoul, Korea; and Madrid, Spain.
As an undergraduate, she attended the University of California at Los Angeles and earned a Masters Degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.