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City of Los Angeles


August 27,



Sarah Hamilton




Names Reverend Jeff Carr Chief of Staff and Jay Carson Chief Deputy


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


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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