On September 10, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted the inaugural meeting of the Mexico-Los Angeles Commission (MEXLA), alongside fellow MEXLA honorary co-chair Mexican Undersecretary for North American Affairs Jesús Seade. The commission includes leaders from Los Angeles and Mexico who represent key sectors, such as trade, sports, renewable energy, science, arts, food, culture, and tourism, who will take part in gatherings and projects to enhance cross-border cooperation.
"Mexico and LA are bound together by ties of family, history, and culture. Our inaugural MEXLA meeting reinforces the connections between our city and Mexico so we can learn from one another and create more opportunities together."
MEXLA is the first commission of its kind, representing a rare level of collaboration between a foreign national government and a U.S. city government. The commission will focus on deepening the cultural, economic, and people-to-people ties between the two regions. The Pacific Council on International Policy and the Mexican Council of International Affairs (COMEXI) are the non-profit partners who serve as the conveners for MEXLA.
Commissioners that are also Pacific Council members and Directors include Michael Camuñez, Cynthia Telles, Maria Salinas, Kevin Demoff, and Ernie Wooden. Pacific Council President and CEO Dr. Jerrold D. Green and LA Deputy Mayor of International Affairs and Pacific Council Director Ambassador Nina Hachigian have been instrumental in establishing MEXLA.
Beatriz Acevedo | Founder, mitú; President, Acevedo Foundation
Elise Buik | President/CEO, United Way of LA
Michael Camuñez | President/CEO, Monarch Global Strategies
Kevin Demoff | CEO, Rams
Susan Feniger | Chef, Author, and TV personality
Tom Gilmore | President, Gilmore Associates
Michael Govan | CEO, LACMA
Christy Haubegger | Executive, Creative Artists Agency
Dr. Lucy Jones | Chief Scientist, Center for Science and Society; Research Associate, California Institute of Technology
Nonny de la Peña | CEO, Emblematic Group
Castulo de la Rocha | President/CEO, AltaMed
Daniel Weiss | CEO, Angeleno Group
Maria Salinas | President and CEO, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Cynthia Telles | Director, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Ernest Wooden | President and CEO, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Bureau
Dr. Luis Aguirre | Director General, Green Momentum
Carlos Álvarez Del Castillo | Propietario, El Informador
Gabriel Brener | Director General, Brener International Group
Juan Manuel Santillán Castellanos | Director, Value Grupo Financiero.
Patricia Dorenbaum | Co-founder, Vapasi Consultores
Exequiel Ezcurra | Director Del Instituto De La Universidad De California Para México y Estados Unidos, UC Riverside
Epigmenio Ibarra | Founder, Argos Comunicación
Beatriz Leycegui | Sai Consultants
Manuel Martínez | Investigador, Instituto De Energias Renovables
Giancarlo Mulinelli | Sr. Vice President, Ventas De Aeroméxico
Mauricio Oberfeld | Founder, Dugally Oberfeld, Inc.
Mario Orozco | Sales Director, Azteca Milling, L.P.
Raúl Padilla | President, International Book Fair of Guadalajara and Guadalajara International Film Festival
Olegario Vázquez Raña | Director and Presidente, Grupo Empresarial Ángeles
Our fall conference, PolicyWest, will feature a TED-style talk in the morning on the future of the U.S.-Mexico relationship.