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On Monday, the California Assembly elected Assemblymember Anthony Rendon — a longtime nonprofit executive — as Speaker of the Assembly, a position he is expected to hold for several years. Rendon, who will be sworn in on March 7th, represents the 63rd District — home to several cities in southeastern Los Angeles County.

Prior to his election to the Assembly in 2012, Rendon led Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc., a nonprofit provider of comprehensive child development and social and medical services to over 2,300 children and families offered through thirty-five child development centers located throughout Los Angeles County. Before working at Plaza, Rendon served as the Interim Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters from 2008 to 2009.

CalNonprofits’ policy director and Sacramento advocate met with Speaker-elect Rendon in his district office last fall, confirming his strong understanding of the significant role that nonprofit organizations play in California communities statewide. In his speech before the legislature on Monday he said: “We have the work of creating a better California. A California where half the children in the world’s 8th largest economy are not in poverty but instead have infinite opportunities before them including the kind of life-changing public education experience that I had, a California that engages residents in its democracy again, and a California with a safe environment with clean air and clean water that lets families, communities and businesses thrive.”

“On behalf of CalNonprofits and our more than 10,000 member organizations statewide, I am delighted to congratulate Assemblymember Anthony Rendon on his election as Speaker of the California Assembly,” said CEO Jan Masaoka. “He understands the importance of California’s nonprofits to our state’s economy and well-being, as well as the obstacles that limit nonprofits' impact."

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