Ray Regalado supervises the Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA) activities of the contract agencies delivering mediation services in LA County. These agencies provide community-based conflict resolution at the local level. Additionally, specific agencies also provide civil court/day of hearing mediation opportunities to allow opposing parties to attempt resolving their dispute before presenting their case in front of a judge. Some of the contractors also conduct restorative justice mediation providing opportunities for first time criminal offenders. Mr. Regalado provides programmatic guidance to support successful outcomes by the County’s DRPA contract organizations. He also manages the Policing and Human Relations project and supervises responses to requests for assistance from constituents.
Ray brings an extensive human relations background to his work. Prior to his current assignment, he worked in the area of hate crime victim support and hate crime awareness training and assisted in the compilation of data for the annual Los Angeles County hate crime report. In addition, Mr. Regalado is a trained mediator in conflict resolution. Ray has experience working with at-risk youth, community organizing, and leadership development. He coordinated the activities of the Gang Reduction and Community Engagement (GRACE) project to address youth gang violence in the Harbor Gateway community of Los Angeles. Ray also has worked as a Field Deputy for First District Supervisor Gloria Molina. Ray has an M.A. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.