MAYOR ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA City of Los Angeles FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2009 CONTACT: Sarah Hamilton 213-978-0741 MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF OF STAFF AND CHIEF DEPUTY MAYOR, USHERING IN A NEW ERA FOR CITY HALL Names Reverend Jeff Carr Chief of Staff and Jay Carson Chief Deputy Mayor LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today changes in his administration naming Reverend Jeff Carr, the City’s Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, as Chief of Staff and Jay Carson, former senior staffer for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign, as Chief Deputy Mayor. “Today is about the future and I am confident that this new leadership team will help lead the City in a new direction and bring a tenacious demand for results,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “As Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, Rev. Jeff Carr led the creation of the first comprehensive, results-based anti-gang strategy in city history, and brought hope and opportunity to some of L.A.’s most high-crime neighborhoods through the Summer Night Lights program. Jay Carson has served in key positions at the highest levels national and municipal government, including working as Traveling Press Secretary for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Communications Director for the William J. Clinton Foundation.” Rev. Carr has extensive experience in implementing youth development programs with unique expertise in the development and implementation of organizational, administrative, and fundraising strategies for non-profit organizations. Prior to his work as the Director for Gang Reduction and Youth Development, Rev. Carr served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff of Sojourners/Call to Renewal in Washington, DC, a progressive Christian social justice organization where he managed the 50-employee, $5.5 million non-profit and led the finance, personnel, and marketing and development components of the organization. “Jeff Carr is one of the most capable leaders I have ever worked with,” said Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners. “He combines great political skills with a clear moral compass - a rarity in public life these days. With his deep concerns for the well-being of the youth of the city of Los Angeles, he begins his new and important responsibilities with exactly the right focus. I wish him well.” Prior to this, Rev. Carr spent 16 years at the Bresee Foundation, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization serving one of the poorest and most densely populated communities in Los Angeles County. While at the Bresee Foundation, Rev. Carr successfully facilitated and managed the growth of the organization’s budget from $450,000 to $1.8million. Rev. Carr organized and managed the development, construction, and capital campaign for the $2.7 million Bresee Community Center which was completed in January 2001. He established a pediatric medical clinic from scratch, negotiating a contract with a community health provider for delivery of services to children 0-18 years of age. “While Robin Kramer's departure leaves a big void in the Mayor's staffing, Reverend Jeff Carr's appointment to fill that void is an outstanding choice,” said Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton. “His selection clearly demonstrates the Mayor's continued commitment to public safety, and further elevates public safety as an even higher priority.” Carson, the new Chief Deputy Mayor, brings more than 10 years of government and political experience to City Hall. “Jay Carson is a proven problem solver and manager,” said Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern. “He brings years of thoughtful experience in the public and private sector.” Carson served as the Traveling Press Secretary for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign where, in addition to serving as the main spokesperson for the campaign, he was a senior advisor to then-Senator Clinton providing day-to-day counsel. Carson was also a member of the senior leadership staff for Senator Daschle in the US Senate. Additionally, Carson worked for former President Clinton and his global foundation. He was a key part of the senior leadership team at the Foundation, which has 1,400 staff and volunteers working in more than 40 countries. During his years at the Clinton Foundation, Jay helped launch some of the foundation’s signature programs including the Clinton Global Initiative, which to-date has inspired more than 1,400 commitments to action valued at $46 billion and improved more than 200 million lives around the world; and the Clinton Climate Initiative, which works with governments and businesses throughout the world on a holistic approach to addressing the growing threat of climate change. “Jay was a key member of my Senate team when I was Leader,” said former Senator Tom Daschle. “He has a sharp strategic mind, and is a great problem solver. He worked for me during an intense period in the United States Senate including the attacks of September 11th; the anthrax attack on my office; and the unprecedented 2000 presidential election. He always showed poise well beyond his years.” Previously, Carson worked closely with the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on major economic development initiatives. “Effective mayors are surrounded by effective agents,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Jay is the guy any big city mayor needs to get things done." As part of the announcement, Mayor Villaraigosa outlined the responsibilities of Rev. Carr and Carson. “Jeff will bring his many years of stellar management experience to the position of Chief of Staff and will make sure the City government works for the millions of citizens who count on it. Jay brings his strategic and political acumen to help drive my major policy initiatives.” Homeland Security & Public Safety, Gang Reduction & Youth Development, Budget & Finance, and Strategic Partnerships will report directly to Rev. Carr and Education, Housing & Economic Development, Transportation, Energy & Environment, and Commercial & Residential Development will report to Carson. Rev. Carr and Carson will share oversight of Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations and Communications. The new structure will be effective September 19, 2009. Rev. Carr replaces Robin Kramer, who is leaving after more than 16 years of service to the City of Los Angeles. “I thank Robin Kramer for her service to the City of Los Angeles,” the Mayor said. “Over these last four years, she has given everything she has to the City of Los Angeles. Robin has been a tremendous asset to me, to our team and to advancing our work, and I will always be deeply appreciative for her partnership and creative leadership.” Also Thursday, Mayor Villaraigosa announced the departure of Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Grunfeld. Grunfeld will be leaving his position to co-lead the Litigation department of the Los Angeles office of a major international law firm. “Dan Grunfeld has been a trusted advisor who was critical in guiding our efforts in business development, clean and green our port and establish a clean technology corridor,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.
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