Mayor Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles, where he led the passage of the nation's largest local infrastructure initiative ($120 billIon); led L.A. to become the first big city to adopt a $15 minimum wage; and is implementing the nation's most ambitious local "Green New Deal." He has also spearheaded nation-leading initiatives to confront the crisis of homelessness and stood up the nation's leading local testing effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he 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 Garcetti's leadership.
Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve for 12 years and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.