We are representing working people at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Joining party activists from across the nation are almost 100 SEIU members and leaders, including Reggie Jones-Sawyer, a SEIU member from the Los Angeles Professional Managers Association (LAPMA), an affiliate of SEIU Local 721.
Reggie's family was one of the pioneers in the civil rights movement. His uncle was one of the "Little Rock Nine" - high school students who in 1957 braved violent mobs to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.
"The struggle for equality today is different than it was when I was young, but the importance of what we are fighting for and the need for clear leadership by our elected leaders is still just as important," said Reggie. "Not only has President Obama lived the American Dream and understands the importance of it for others, he understands how issues like jobs and healthcare and other issues play in the civil rights struggles of today."
Reggie brings a unique blend of experience and accomplishments in business, labor, and civil rights to his roles as Director of Asset Management for the City of Los Angeles, Secretary of the California Democratic Party and Chair of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles. His history of public service includes serving as Chair of the LA County Small Business Commission, an Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, and Vice President of LAPMA.
In 2001, Reggie was first elected as one of the five statewide officers (and the highest-ranking African American) in the California Democratic Party. He was recently unanimously reelected.
But Reggie's greatest joy in life is raising his three children, Lauren Diane Jones-Sawyer, Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Jr., and Evan Brendon Jones-Sawyer.