Elizabeth Lowe

Eliz-LoweElizabeth (Beth) Lowe is dedicated to citizen advocacy at all levels of government. Vigilant on behalf of children’s rights, she was an active member of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families from its inception in 1984 until 1999, and twice served as its Chair. In that capacity, she advocated intensively in Sacramento and Washington to ensure a safety net for children in the wake of welfare reform. Due to the success of these efforts, she received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth and Families the 1998 Commissioner’s Award for the State of California. In 1993, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan appointed her to the Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners where she served as President for two years. During that time, the city experienced both firestorms, and a major earthquake. From 1999 to 2004, she served on First Five Los Angeles, the Commission that is responsible for the distribution of the county’s share of State tobacco tax revenue for initiatives targeted to children – ages O to 5. As Vice Chair, she led the commission to adopt a 600 million dollar initiative to provide access to pre-school for all three and four years old in Los Angeles County. In August 2004, she was appointed to the Board of Los Angeles Universal Pre-school. For the initial three years she chaired the board of this public benefit corporation designated to implement the initiative and saw the ‘number of children receiving access to preschool grow by 10,000. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she advocates for Government focus on children’s health and well-being.