Jan Perry served as Los Angeles City Councilwoman for the residents of District 9 which includes Downtown, Little Tokyo and South LA. During her 12-year tenure Perry led catalytic projects such as LA Live, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and the new Police Administrative Building. She brought in $15 billion in investment, $52 million in net new tax revenue for the City of Los Angeles, and 90,000 full-time jobs. As a result of her leadership, Downtown is one of the most desirable and sought-after residential and commercial destinations in the nation. Perry’s years in office also saw the development of more than 5,670 units of supportive housing to shelter the homeless and people suffering from mental illness and substance abuse.
Mayor Eric Garcetti selected Ms. Perry to run the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) shortly after his election in July 2013. EWDD provides a broad range of programs offering assistance to business, job seekers and disconnected youth. All of EWDD’s programs are designed to help build local business and strengthen the workforce.
Ms. Perry currently serves as the executive director of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, a national initiative to meet future infrastructure, economic development, and environmental challenges. The organization’s mission is to develop and advocate approaches and strategies that motivate government at all levels to implement environmentally and fiscally sustainable infrastructure projects.
She has served on the Los Angeles County Small Business Commission and the Women and Girls Initiative. Ms. Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.