Candy is a passionate supporter of the causes closest to her heart—animals, children and her beloved city of Los Angeles—and uses her energy, influence and resources into advancing them. Candy is recognized for her thousands of hours of public service work by the President’s Council of Service and Civic Participation – noting her dedication signifies her service to her community and country with distinction.
UCLA Health Board
Candy is member of the UCLA Health System Board, which helps marshal the resources of UCLA’s four highly esteemed hospitals and more than 100 outpatient and urgent-care clinics to deliver the highest quality of care to the people of Los Angeles. As a member at large, Candy was chosen for her dedication to community leadership, and in this role she acts as an ambassador charged with advancing UCLA Health’s purpose to “heal humankind one patient at a time, by improving health, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness.”
Candy joined the Board of Directors of American Humane in 2012 and was named Vice Chair of the Board in 2015. American Humane sets the gold standard as the most visionary and effective animal welfare organization in the nation. Today AH is also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society.
Among many other contributions, for 10 years Candy served as an active Board of Governors Member of LA’s Best, the after-school enrichment program that serves children in need through partnerships with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of Los Angeles and private sector. Candy helped LA’s BEST with oversight and strategic planning, including the creation of a robust funding base for the organization.
Los Angeles Parks
Candy is a founding board member of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and was instrumental in creating the first a non-profit Parks Foundation in Los Angeles, whose mission is to enhance, preserve and expand the recreational opportunities of LA’s 400+ city parks. The Foundation raises funds to improve park facilities, enhance park environments, preserve and restore historic elements in the parks, support sustainability projects, and purchase property for future parks.
City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission
Candy is Commissioner Emeritus for the Board of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles. In this role she inaugurated the Donate-a-Bench program (and was honored with a bench bearing her name in Holmby Hills Park) and her duties included helping to honor the distinguished service of Parks employees.
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Having sat on the Board of Directors for LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, Candy became “Ambassador for Tourism” for Los Angeles.
Los Angeles World Affairs Council
Candy serves on the board of directors of the prestigious Los Angeles World Affairs Council, which promotes global understanding by hosting events featuring authoritative figures in world affairs. The goal of this non-partisan non-profit is to “bring the world to Los Angeles” to expand knowledge of global current events and how they impact the communities of Southern California.
Centro de Niños y Padres
Centro De Niños, a downtown Los Angeles daycare center for underprivileged families, holds a special place in Candy’s heart. Her participation enabled the center to expand their facility and offer additional programs and services, of which the federal government took notice.