Dr. Kynna Wright
Kynna Wright has been in the fields of public health, nursing and education for over 23 years. As a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner, her clinical expertise includes maternal child health, with specialties in high-risk obstetrics and infant/child development; and in pediatrics, with specialties in general pediatrics and hematology/oncology. Dr. Wright is a health consultant and an adjunct professor for various schools of public health. She is also an internationally known socio-behavioral scientist. The consistent theme in her research is the utilization of community-based participatory research methodologies to reduce health inequities in the areas of obesity, asthma and premature births.
Dr. Wright is also the current Chair of the Los Angeles Commission for Alcohol and Other Drugs (COAD), and the former Chair of the COAD Policy & Planning Committee, where she strives to reduce problems and the negative impact of substance use disorders on the quality of life for individuals and their families residing in Los Angeles County, with a focus on youth and homeless populations. Dr. Wright has received numerous awards including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Minority Health Community Trailblazer Award, the American Public Health Association’s Maternal-Child Health Section, Young Professionals Award and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Los Angeles Chapter, Outstanding Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award.
Dr. Wright is a graduate of UCLA, where she received a PhD and MPH from the School of Public Health, an MSN and BSN from the School of Nursing, a BA in Sociology from the College of Letters and Science and is also a graduate of the UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Women’s Leadership Institute; and is an alumnus of the Women’s Foundation of California’s- Women’s Health Policy Leadership Program and the Inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar Program.
Jacquelyn M. Horton, M.A.
With a passion for empowering and motivating citizens, Jacquelyn M. Horton uses her knowledge of government policies and procedures to advocate for marginalized communities. For more than a decade, the South Los Angeles native has designed effective programs for populations including gang-involved youth, homeless, domestic violence victims, and the labor industry.
Working for organizations ranging from the Los Angeles Urban League to the Los Angeles City Council, Jacquelyn has served diverse communities such as Watts, Westwood, and East Los Angeles. She welcomes challenges and takes pride in her ability to mobilize people to make a difference in their lives and communities.
She holds a BA in Political Science from Hampton University, a MA in Behavioral Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills and is currently pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is also a certified Gang Intervention and Prevention Specialist, Community Mediator, Court Advocate, Domestic Violence Counselor, and graduate of the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI) and Emerge California. She serves on the boards of LAAAWPPI and The Black Women’s Democratic Club. In addition to her professional commitments, she is a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Faithful Central Bible Church.