In 2010, I began a new chapter in my professional life with the establishment of Kuehl Consulting. In order to use the breadth of experience gained in my fourteen years in the California Legislature, I offer consultation to a variety of local government, non-profit, healthcare and educational entities.
Santa Monica College: In January of 2010, I signed on as the Founding Director of the new and innovative Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute. As director, I design programs geared toward community education to foster "critical thinking for voters" on local government issues. In collaboration with Associate Director, Professor Richard Tahvaldaran, I worked with the statewide community college system, as well as SMC administration and faculty to establish the only AA degree in Public Policy offered in the State of California. SMC was also authorized to award a Certificate in Public Policy. Please see the separate page for the Institute by activating the "Public Policy Institute" button on the left.
Regents Professor of Public Policy, UCLA: Each year, the Regents of the University of California appoint one person as a Regents' Professor at a few of the UC campuses. In 2012, I was very honored to be appointed the Regents' Professor to UCLA in the Graduate School of Public Policy. In the Spring quarter of 2012, I taught a class in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. The class enrolled both graduate and undergraduate students and concentrated on ways in which policy is made through laws and rules.
City of West Hollywood 25th Anniversary: In 2010, as the City of West Hollywood celebrated its 25th anniversary, I served as co-producer and host of eight cable television shows focused on that unique city and its contributions to the state and to the nation. The shows featured West Hollywood City Councilmembers as co-hosts, and presented guests important to the founding of the city, the Russian community, the business community, the gay community, the women's community, HIV/AIDS activism, and others emphasizing the progressive nature of the City.
Get Used To It Television Series: 2012 was also the twenty-first (and last) year I served as the host of the monthly national cable show, Get Used To It, a series of 176 shows on which I interviewed people who had been important in one of the great civil rights movements of our current era and led discussions among them. Although the City of West Hollywood has now refused to continue the show, the individual shows already recorded now serve as an important oral history of the years between 1993 and 2012, incendiary years for the LGBTQ movement. UCLA Library is collecting the episodes and I am trying to consolidate copies of all of them. I will post a list on this site this year. For more information on Get Used To It please go to http://www.weho.org/index.aspx?page=787
Williams Institute at UCLA: The Williams Institute is a national institute located at the UCLA Law School and focusing on legal issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. This year, I worked with Policy Director, Jenny Pizer and E.D. Brad Sears on developing model state codes and accompanying papers on the best draft examples for state statutes on marriage laws that include same-sex couples, as well as model civil union statutes. The paper is now available from the Williams Institute.
In 2010, Professor Stuart Biegel and I co-authored a white paper, which we presented to the National Education Association in Washington, D.C., on making schools safe for LGBTQ youth and their allies. The paper addressed issues of bullying, harassment, violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. My particular piece of the paper was the development of a Model State Code which states can adopt or modify to protect their students. To view and/or download the paper, please go to http://www.promoteprevent.org/resources/safe-school-addressing-school-environment-and-lgbt-safety-through-policy-and-legislation
Planned Parenthood of California: Planned Parenthood of California was engaged in 2012 in proposing legislation amending state codes on the provision of non-surgical abortions, as well as working out the application of various pieces of the new federal health plan to the state of California and, most especially, its impact on women's health. I worked with them through the legislative cycle on new legislation, as well as working with the author, Senator Chris Kehoe, and preparing various supporting documents. In 2013, the bill, then authored by Assembly Member Toni Atkins, was signed into law.
Institute for Elected Women: California: Following the November, 2010, election, former Assemblymember Patty Berg and I presented a series of sessions for new women members of the California Legislature to help them navigate the choppy waters faced by new members of the Assembly. The trainings began with a two day orientation in November and continued with two full days in January and continuing mentoring in California over the next two years. Faculty for the Institute, as well as all mentors, are women who are former or current members of the California Assembly or Senate. In June, former Assemblymember Berg and I met with women who are members, or former members, of the Ohio Legislature, including the only woman to serve as Speaker of the House and the woman who was Ohio's recent Attorney General, to discuss the possibility of replicating the Institute in Ohio, which is also a term-limited state. In August, 2011, I traveled to San Antonio for the NCSL conference and presented the concept of the Institute to the members of the Executive Board for the NCSL Women's Network. We have also sent letters to states that have women's legislative caucuses, offering the program.
Women's PAC: For several years, I served as co-chair of the Board of a Women's Political Action Committee focused on supporting Democratic women candidates for statewide and state office.
I am also offering technical assistance and time to other public entities, as asked, and am available to speak, as requested.
If you have any questions about my work or availability, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.