An advocate for equal educational opportunity and better health care, California State Senator Teresa Hughes was a monumental supporter of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
An advocate for women, children, people of color, and the poor, Representative Maxine Waters has shone a spotlight on the needs of South Los Angeles and successfully appealed for resources.
An architect of social justice for black professionals in the health sciences, Dr. M. Alfred Haynes served as president emeritus at CDU and worked tirelessly to reduce cancer mortality in the African American community.
A legend of CDU, Dr. Gus Gill served the University in innumerable capacities and was a mentor to many.
Nola Carter is a leading advocate for CDU and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital.
Today, there is no greater champion for health care in South Los Angeles than Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.