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California Assembly Recognizes Two African American Leaders for their Commitment and Contributions

By: Tanu Henry, Antonio Ray Harvey and Joe W. Bowers Jr.,  California Black Media 

Sacramento, CA — During the Assembly floor session on March 6, lawmakers honored two African Americans who have contributed to the economic development, health and overall wellbeing of communities across California.

Assemblymember Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach) recognized Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce President and Executive Director Robert Bobby McDonald for his leadership and contribution to economic development in California as the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. 

She asked her colleagues to join her in receiving McDonald.

“Bobby is a community and business leader, a devoted veteran’s advocate and a highly respected businessman,” said Dixon. “He is an outstanding public servant with numerous accomplishments during his time at the chamber.

Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) welcomed Dr. Robert Ross, outgoing President of the California Endowment (TCE). to the Assembly Floor and recognized him for his service as he retires this year.

TCE is a non-profit foundation committed to promoting health and expanding access to health care for underserved Californians.

“We honor Dr. Ross today to thank him for his dedication as he steps down from this role after 23 years,” said Carrillo.

“His work is reflective of his outstanding record of personal and civic leadership. Appointed in September of 2000, he has led the Endowment’s advocacy and funding and efforts towards strengthening diversity in the healthcare space.”

Assemblymembers Isaac Bryan (D-Los Angeles), Akilah Weber (D-La Mesa), Rick Chavez Zbur (D-West Hollywood), Reggie Jones Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), Corey Jackson (D-Moreno Valley) also recognized Ross for his transformative leadership, foresight, courage and many contributions to diverse communities. 

“California is indebted to you for your work and the love with which you went about your work,” said Jackson.

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