The city’s 42nd mayor is deeply committed to creating a sustainable future for Los Angeles. In 2015 Mayor Garcetti introduced his Sustainable City pLAn aiming to guide L.A. toward an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, and equitable future for a city expected to grow by 500,000 residents over the next 20 years. The pLAn has ambitious short and long term targets in 14 categories related to the environment, economy, and equity — including water conservation, clean energy, waste, green jobs, transportation, and livability.
Mayor Garcetti also co-founded the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) in 2014, it now has 75 members representing 41 million urban Americans. He also serves as Vice Chair of the international C40 Network, which connects 80 of the world’s megacities —representing 600 million urban dwellers and a quarter of the global economy — in sustainability efforts.
Prior to becoming the mayor, 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 council member 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 is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.