Thirteenth district councilman (and soon-to-be Council President) Eric Garcetti today announced the hiring of David Gershwin as his chief of staff. Gershwin left the office of current Council President Alex Padilla earlier this year to be a VP at MWW Group, then moved over to be Director of Government Relations for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Garcetti says in a statement, "I'm thrilled that David Gershwin is returning to City Hall to lead my staff. David carries a wealth of experience both in this very building and as a proven leader in multiple community organizations." (Gershwin's wife works for Councilman Jack Weiss, I'm told.) Garcetti also announced that his deputy chief of staff, Ana Guerrero, is adding the title of Director of Council Relations. The press release follows:
GARCETTI NAMES GERSHWIN, GUERRERO SENIOR STAFF
NEW CHIEF OF STAFF BRINGS EXTENSIVE SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT, NON-PROFITS, BUSINESS
Councilmember Eric Garcetti has named David Gershwin as Chief of Staff and Ana Guerrero as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Council Relations.
"I'm thrilled that David Gershwin is returning to City Hall to lead my staff," said Eric Garcetti. "David carries a wealth of experience both in this very building and as a proven leader in multiple community organizations. I know I can count on him to help achieve my goals of serving Los Angeles."
Gershwin currently serves as the Director of Government Relations for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He joined The Jewish Federation from the Los Angeles office of the MWW Group, where he oversaw media relations and strategic communications planning. Prior to his work there, he served as Director of Communications for Los Angeles Council President Alex Padilla for 5 ½ years. In addition to his communications duties, Gershwin developed strategy on the issue of San Fernando Valley secession, and covered key legislative issues.
Gershwin has also served as legislative manager for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves as a regional board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and has served as co-chair of the League's Latino-Jewish Roundtable.
"It also gives me great pleasure to announce that Deputy Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero will take a key role in helping me promote the work of my colleagues on the council," said Garcetti. "Ana has been a leader on my staff and in the communities I represent since my first day in office. A constant friend and a critical advisor, she has helped me renew the neighborhoods of Council District 13. She will bring this same talent and energy to work with my council colleagues, promoting their legislative priorities to produce a collective vision for Los Angeles."
Guerrero has served Councilmember Garcetti as Deputy Chief of Staff since May 2005, as District Director since July 2003, and as Director of Community Organizing before that. A longtime community organizer, she came to Council District 13 from the Center for Community Change, where she provided technical assistance to community-based organizations. She directed the Progressive Los Angeles Network, a policy collaborative based in the Urban Environmental Policy Institute of Occidental College. She has lived in Los Angeles since 1995, when she was appointed to be the lead organizer of the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), where she led a campaign that helped over 5,000 immigrants become naturalized, politically active citizens.
As Director of Council Relations, she will serve as the Council President's key strategist and liaison on issues of high legislative priority to the City Council. She will also continue to help oversee the 13th District's field operations.