USC Bohnett Fellow Katrina Manrique says working at the L.A. Board of Supervisors has been an invaluable experience

Katrina Manrique

David C. Bohnett Fellows work directly for the office of the current chairperson of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on significant policy issues with direct impact and effect on the lives of county residents.

While a sophomore history and English major at UC Davis, Katrina Manrique sought out counseling but was sorely disappointed in the lack of available mental health resources.

So, she decided to do something about it.

Manrique helped launch a student-led mental health initiative. She also was instrumental in starting a Student Health Advisory Board, and she served on the Chancellor’s Mental Health Care Task Force. What’s more, she developed a protocol for campus response to unexpected student deaths.

Manrique’s interest in mental health, as well as working to establish or improve policies to better serve people in need of counseling and mental health resources, was one of the reasons she applied for the 2022 David C. Bohnett Leadership Fellowship, established by the David Bohnett Foundation at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2016.

As the sixth David C. Bohnett Fellow, Manrique has worked, since early 2022, for the office of the current chairperson of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Holly J. Mitchell. Two million people live in Mitchell’s district, which comprises 12 cities and 19 unincorporated communities.

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