Meet The Commissioners
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- Meet The Commissioners
Lee Wax, Chairperson
Commissioner Lee Wax, representing the Second Supervisorial District was appointed on August 9, 2011 and currently serves as Vice Chairperson.
A native of Arkansas, Commissioner Wax has become a lifelong advocate of fishing and hunting. Commissioner Wax, a union representative and political director has over 50 years in civil service, 34 years at Department of Water and Power (DPW) and 20 years as a Political Director for both DWP and Probation Officers, which has shaped a lifelong career in advocacy.
Most recently Commissioner Wax represents city employees in Compton, Lynwood, Commerce and Pasadena as well as employees of the Housing Authority and Metro Transportation Authority.
Commissioner Wax at one time owned the largest minority owned maternity wear company in the USA. The brand was shown in 400 stores and in Saudi Arabia.
Having excelled in both sports and while music and exploring a second career in music had that dream short circuited by a serious accident with a dog bite.
Commissioner Wax receiving awards too numerous to mention is most proud of being a medal of valor recipient from Los Angeles. He is a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist and a former board member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute.
A native Angeleno, Anthea Raymond has served on numerous boards and commissions during her careers in academia, journalism, and the outdoors. She has been an LA County Beach Commissioner since 2015 and served on the initial Technical Advisory Committee to the Taylor Yard Park project (now 100-Acre Partnership). She is currently a State Director for the American Canoe Association, and remains a senior advisor to LA River Expeditions, where she was a guide and manager for a decade.
Anthea has also held staff roles at major media companies, including National Public Radio and Bloomberg. And, as an academic, she has taught at Harvard Extension, Hunter College, UCLA, USC and Santa Monica College. She also ran UCLA's Center for Arts and Entertainment Management for almost half a decade, traveling internationally to help develop management education programs at partner colleges and universities.
Anthea graduated from Wellesley College with high honors and has a J.D. and M.B.A. from UCLA. She continues to contribute deeply researched pieces on paddle sport and the outdoors to Santa Cruz’s Adventure Sports Journal. She lives in Cypress Park, with her two Welsh Pembroke Corgis, Chase and Kasha, who are known in certain circles as the “LA River Corgis, “ due to their commitment to that waterway's revitalization.
John J. Resich Jr. ,Vice Chairperson
John J. Resich Jr. is an attorney and rancher and serves as chairman of the board and vice president of development of Green Hills Memorial Park. Resich owns ranching and farming operations in Wyoming, raising cattle and crops including corn, beans, alfalfa and grass. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business, finance and insurance at Cal Poly Pomona in 1969 and his law degree at Santa Clara University in 1972. He received his master’s degree in business at Chapman University in 2001. Resich founded the Marine Mammal Care Center, which rescues marine mammals and releases them back into the environment after they are treated, and is a former founding member of the San Pedro Peninsula Hospital Foundation.
James W. Etter
Commissioner James W. Etter, representing the Fifth Supervisorial District, was appointed on August 2, 2011. He is a native of Southern California, who grew- up in the good times of the 40’s and 50’s. As a life-long advocate for youth in the L.A. County community, he has served more than 10,000 hours of community service, thought to be his finest moments. His associations include Boy Scouts of America, the United Methodist Church, YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), American Legion, and other organizations. He is also a Decorated Vietnam Combat Veteran, serving in the Navy Air Corps.
Commissioner Etter has been a working actor for the past 60 years, and an avid Screenwriter, Lighting Technician, Studio Operations Technical Coordinator for Stephen J. Cannel Production and Aaron Spelling. Indie Films afforded him an opportunity to work as a Producer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager, and Assistant Director. He currently works as an events planner and promoter, producing Car Shows and such venues.
Commissioner Etter has served as a Burbank Police Commissioner, a member of the Burbank Parks and Recreation Board and the L.A. County Water Appeals Board. He also served as an Administrative Assistant to State Assembly Members as well as Members of Congress, and a working advocate - Lobbyist to the state Industrial Welfare Commission.
Not indifferent to a formal education, where he has collected nine years, life in general, not college, has brought the biggest challenges and most of his learning opportunities.