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NAJEE’S NOTES: Capri Maddox takes post with school district

By Najee Ali

Contributing Columnist

Los Angeles Unified School DIstrict Superintendent Austin Beutner has announced that Capri Maddox will join the district as senior executive director of partnerships.

Maddox will work with Beutner to coordinate partnerships with the philanthropic community, government entities, sports teams, entertainment leaders and community organizations to enhance the educational experience for students in the district.

She will work in collaboration with Southern California Grantmakers in this effort. Her position is being funded by the Fund for Excellence and Equity, which was recently announced by the district.

“Capri will help bring together people and resources to better support our students and schools,” Beutner said. “This effort will improve and expand existing relationships and build new ones to provide more support for public education in Los Angeles.”

Prior to this role, Maddox served as special assistant to City Attorney Mike Feuer where she worked in central trials, neighborhood prosecutor program, complex litigation and general counsel section. Before returning to the Office of the City Attorney, she was president of the city of Los Angeles Board of Public Works.

“Capri Maddox has been an integral part of our team for many years and has served as my special assistant since the day I took office,” Feuer said. “Her countless relationships, her innovative leadership and her collaborative style are a perfect fit for her new role.”

“As a Los Angeles Unified graduate and a native Angeleno, I am excited for the opportunity to utilize my relationships and experience and work with local government partners to provide much-needed resources to our schools,” Maddox said.

South Los Angeles should be excited. Maddox is a home-grown leader with a compassionate heart for the underserved. This is a game changer for South Los Angeles students and the nonprofit sector.

Maddox will help ensure that when the resources are doled out that our community will be treated equally. I’ve known the Maddox family for more than 20 years. They truly represent the best of Los, Angeles. This new assignment for Maddox is well deserved and a big win for our city.


Growing up in South Los Angeles, I loved cowboy movies and westerns. But I had never ever seen a black cowboy in my life. I never dreamed they existed.

During that time, I always assumed that my ancestors were just slaves down South. It wasn’t until I was older and studied our history that I realized I was wrong. That’s why I’m an advocate for the Bill Pickett Rodeo, an all-black show that is one of the greatest shows on dirt.

If you have young children as I do, this show is not just family fun, it’s also a learning experience. Children love this show just as much as adults. They can witness modern-day black cowboys riding wild horses and roping calves.

This isn’t just a rodeo. There is a long list of vendors and a first-class health pavilion.

I can’t make the event this year, but if you have never attended and you are able to attend, I strongly urge you to enjoy this rodeo and the entire experience.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. July 21 and continues at 3:30 p.m. at the Industry Hills Expo Center 16200 Temple Ave, City of Industry.

Tickets range from $20 to $40. For more info, visit or contact Rodeo Coordinator Margo Wade LaDrew at (310) 674-6700.

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