One of the youngest members of the Los Angeles City Council ever elected, Eric Garcetti now serves as that body’s president, representing communities stretching from Hollywood to downtown and across the Los Angeles River.
Garcetti was elected to the council in 2001 (and re-elected in 2005) from the 13th District. In addition, he is the chair of the Democratic National Committee’s national organization of municipal officials and co-chaired President Obama’s 2008 California election campaign.
Before entering politics, Garcetti taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. He studied urban planning and political science at Columbia University, where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics.
Garcetti attended high school at Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles, where he was a member of Junior Statesmen. He lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of L.A. with his long-time partner, Amy Elaine Wakeland.