Mayor of Los Angeles
2018 John Jay Award Honoree
As Los Angeles’ chief executive, Eric Garcetti CC’92, SIPA’93 has raised the city’s minimum wage, lowered its business tax, brought Hollywood jobs home by tripling California’s film tax credit and passed bills for a significant expansion to the region’s transit system and for a major bond to finance new housing for the homeless.
He is Los Angeles’ first Jewish mayor, as well as its youngest, having been first elected in 2013, at 42, and won reelection last July. From 2001 until taking office as mayor, Garcetti served as the councilmember representing the 13th District, which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake and Atwater Village, all of which were dramatically revitalized under his leadership. He was also elected four times by his peers to serve as president of the Los Angeles City Council, which he did from 2006 to 2012.
Raised in the San Fernando Valley, Garcetti was a Rhodes Scholar at The Queens College, Oxford, studied at the London School of Economics and has taught at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. A lieutenant in the Navy and a fourth generation Angeleno, he has a daughter with his wife, Amy, and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.