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County of Los Angeles Office of Protocol

375 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 974-1307; (213) 621-2084 fax

Key responsibilities
  • Plans and coordinates official welcome presentations, meetings and special events for the Board of Supervisors when Chiefs of State/Heads of Government and other distinguished foreign officials (above the rank of Ambassador) visit
    Los Angeles County;

  • Provides assistance/direction to County departments and County cultural facilities hosting informational meetings/briefings for foreign delegations;

  • Serves as the County’s liaison to the Los Angeles Consular Corps for the purpose of developing and nurturing strong working relationships with our international counterparts. Currently, 104 countries have established Consular offices in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Consular Corps is the second largest Consular Corps in the United States and third largest in the world;

  • Serves as the County’s liaison to protocol offices of the State of California, City of Los Angeles, Counties of Orange and San Diego, and other cities and states with active protocol offices.

  • Coordinates with foreign embassies, U.S. Office of Foreign Missions, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department International Liaison Unit, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies involved in consular affairs and dignitary visits;

  • Works with civic groups such as the World Affairs Council, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, Town Hall Los Angeles, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and LA Inc. (The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau) to offer hospitality to foreign dignitaries and delegations and to showcase and promote the Los Angeles County region;

  • Through events such as the annual Consular Corps Golf/Tennis Invitational, secures funds to support on-going events and activities hosted by the Board of Supervisors for Consular activities.

  • Assists County departments, members of the business, academic, and public communities with questions concerning general protocol, etiquette, international customs, flag etiquette, and other related issues.

  • Provides direction to community groups interested in creating Sister County relationships and/or Friendship Agreements. Coordinates activities relating to both.

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