Eric Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno and the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley — the son of public servants and the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Mexico and Eastern Europe — Mayor Garcetti’s life has been shaped by a deep commitment to the core values of justice, dignity, and equality for all people. The Mayor led and won a campaign to pass the boldest local infrastructure initiative in American history, launched the L.A. College Promise, the most ambitious higher education access program in the nation, providing more than 9,000 students with free tuition, confronting a homelessness crisis by leading an unprecedented regional alliance committed to getting people off the streets and ending
chronic homelessness, putting more money in workers’ pockets by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and cutting business taxes to help drive a historic economic recovery that has created a record number of jobs in legacy industries like entertainment and aerospace. The Mayor also rallied more than 400 mayors in cities across America to adopt the Paris Climate agreement after the Trump Administration pulled out of the pact, and successfully led the bid to bring the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to the United States for the first time in more than 30 years.
The Mayor’s government service began on the L.A. City Council, where he spent four terms as Council President before being elected Mayor in 2013 and winning re-election in 2017 by the widest margin in the history of Los Angeles. Beyond his time at City Hall, Mayor Garcetti has served his country as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and taught at the University of Southern California and Occidental College. The Mayor received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and later at the London School of Economics. He is also a jazz pianist and photographer.