Press Release: Ryu Announces New Hires and Staff Promotions

Los Angeles, CA -- Councilmember David Ryu announced the addition of two new deputies and staff promotions in his council office.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 7, 2017

Press Contact:
Estevan Montemayor
estevan.montemayor@lacity.org
213.605.4145

RYU ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES AND STAFF PROMOTIONS

Los Angeles, CA -- Councilmember David Ryu announced the addition of two new deputies and staff promotions in his council office.

The new hires include Vicky Tavitian, who will serve as the Assistant Planning Deputy and Neighborhood Advocate for the Sherman Oaks area, and Shannon Prior, who will serve as the Field Deputy for Beachwood Canyon, Lake Hollywood, The Oaks, and The Hollywood Dell neighborhoods. In addition, Councilmember Ryu has promoted Justin Orenstein to serve as his Senior Legislative Deputy and Julia Duncan as his Senior Planning Deputy. Lastly, Nikki Ezhari will be supervising the overall field program in the absence of Deputy Chief of Staff, Adeena Bleich, who is currently on maternity leave. Adeena is expected to return to the office by Summer.

“I am very excited for our team’s growth. These new hires and promotions will strengthen our ties in the community and broaden our relationships across the Fourth Council District,” said Councilmember Ryu.

Furthermore, Councilmember Ryu’s field outreach program will be modified at his regional District Offices. These changes include the following:

Metro Los Angeles Neighborhoods

  • Catherine Landers, Senior Field Deputy, will now oversee the neighborhoods in the central and southern parts of the district including Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire, Hancock Park, and Miracle Mile. Ms. Landers will continue to serve as the chief liaison for issues relating to Griffith Park.
  • Daniel Park, Neighborhood Advocate, will be assisting with constituent cases and issues in the central and southern neighborhoods in the Fourth Council District as well as Korean American community affairs.

Northeast Los Angeles Neighborhoods

  • Adam Miller, Field Deputy, will continue to oversee constituent cases and issues in the neighborhoods of Los Feliz and Silver Lake.

Toluca Lake & Hollywood Hills Neighborhoods

  • Alice Roth, Senior Field Deputy, will now oversee constituent cases and issues in the neighborhoods of the Cahuenga Pass and the Hollywood Hills from the 101 freeway to Laurel Canyon. Ms. Roth will continue to oversee outreach in Toluca Lake.
  • Shannon Prior, Field Deputy, will oversee constituent cases and issues for Beachwood Canyon, Lake Hollywood, The Oaks, and The Hollywood Dell neighborhoods.
  • William Stelly, Neighborhood Advocate, will assist with constituent cases and issues in Toluca Lake, Cahuenga Pass, Hollywood Hills and Laurel Canyon.

Valley and Western Hillside Neighborhoods

  • Nikki Ezhari, Senior Field Deputy, will now oversee Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Franklin and Coldwater Canyons, and the neighborhoods above Sunset Blvd. including the Bird Streets.
  • Vicky Tavitian, Assistant Planning Deputy and Neighborhood Advocate, will assist with constituent cases and planning issues for the Sherman Oaks area.

“One of the core pillars of my office is to prioritize community engagement. These changes will provide an opportunity for staff to build new relationships, strengthen existing bonds, and build an even deeper understanding of the issues impacting our diverse neighborhoods in the Fourth Council District,” said Councilmember Ryu.

These changes are effective immediately. To see the full list of Councilmember Ryu’s staff, click here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the Fourth Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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