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In 2017, Civic U 1.0 was held in the Deaton Hall Auditorium in Downtown L.A. The three three-hour sessions were attended by approximately 120 board members of Los Angeles neighborhood councils and 20 members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory group.
Civic U 1.0, under the direction of PBI’s Executive Director Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, included lectures and discussions by L.A. City’s Deputy Mayors Ana Guerrero (Chief of Staff), Matt Szabo, Jeff Gorell, and Brenda Shockley, and Lilian Coral, the mayor’s interim chief data officer.
At the final session, Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu encouraged the graduating class to use their new skills to become more engaged in their respective communities. The evening culminated with Cal State LA Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Jose Gomez presenting certificates of graduation to the participants.