Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles' 4th Council District, which includes the neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and a portion of Koreatown.
Ryu studied economics at UCLA; Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers; won a prestigious United Nations graduate internship; and was a Netkal Fellow at USC’s School of Social Work.
As Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on issues like public health, housing, children and family services, transportation and senior services. He helped oversee the County budget and worked as a Special Investigator for the Auditor-Controller, rooting out waste and fraudulent expenditures.
Ryu then returned to the nonprofit world and served as Director of Development and Public Affairs at one of Los Angeles’s largest non-profit health care providers: Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center.
On July 1st, 2015, Ryu became the first Korean American to serve on the Los Angeles City Council and only the second Asian American elected to the City Council. On January 14th, 2020, Ryu was named Assistant President Pro Tempore of the City Council. He became the first Korean American and first Asian American to serve on City Council leadership.
Immediately upon entering office, Ryu instituted landmark reforms focused on bringing transparency to City Hall. He introduced and passed legislation mandating document retention, put in place a first-ever Discretionary Funds Task Force, a citizen-run panel which oversees discretionary spending in Council District Four, and has fought for sweeping reform to the City's campaign finance laws. To date, Ryu is the only Councilmember in Los Angeles to publish all of his discretionary spending online.
Councilmember Ryu has been responsible for numerous pieces of legislation in the City of Los Angeles, including a Party House Ordinance, new rules to limit mansionization, new ways to empower small dollar donors, and much more.
With 42 City parks in Council District Four, Councilmember Ryu remains focused on improving our park land and recreation spaces. From new athletic fields at Pan Pacific Park, to a 7-day DASH shuttle to the Griffith Observatory, to dedicated funding for safety and mobility around the Hollywood Sign, Councilmember Ryu has been a leader in improving park access for all.
Councilmember Ryu has also been a leader in building homeless housing solutions. One project, The LA LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus, will house 225 people when it opens in early 2019. His Women’s Bridge Home project at former Gardner Street Library, currently under construction, will provide housing and services to 30 women struggling with homelessness. These projects are just two of five homeless housing projects underway in Council District Four. Councilmember Ryu continues to work with neighborhoods and community leaders to create more affordable, supportive and bridge housing across Council District Four. Read more about his Homelessness Plan Here.
Councilmember Ryu has also fought for grave disability reform, working with the State and the County to usher in an expanded law which would allow outreach workers greater ability to serve individuals experiencing homelessness who struggle with mental illness. He has worked to preserve affordable housing stock, such as the Hancock Gardens Apartments, and was one of the first to fight for a linkage fee that would encourage more affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles.
In order to build a brighter future for all Angelenos, Councilmember Ryu is also developing a Children’s Savings Account program in the City of Los Angeles. Working in partnership with LAUSD and Los Angeles County, Councilmember Ryu is committed to developing a universal program that would provide every young person in Los Angeles a dedicated college savings account and a brighter future. This dedicated account would include matching funds and financial empowerment programs to connect young people with the resources to reach their highest potential - regardless of status, income, or zip code.
Above all, Councilmember Ryu puts transparency and engagement with the community first. Through office hours or community meetings, Councilmember Ryu is committed to putting the everyday Angeleno first, and working with neighborhoods to empower their voice in City Hall.