Sarah Dusseault is the Chief of Staff to Councilmember David Ryu, the first Korean American and only second Asian American ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council.
Sarah began her career in public service with former Mayor Jim Hahn, as his campaign policy director. After the campaign, she served in senior roles in the Office of the Mayor as Director of Policy, Assistant Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Deputy Mayor for Housing and Homelessness where she led efforts to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles and oversaw the creation of L.A.’s affordable housing trust fund—at the time, the largest of its kind in America.
She later worked as Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Garcetti during his 2013 mayoral campaign, and while he served as president of the City Council. In addition, Sarah was selected and appointed by Supervisor Hilda Solis to serve as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), an agency that oversees key funding, services, and policies for homeless people throughout Los Angeles City and County.
Throughout her career, Sarah has gained a reputation as a passionate advocate, policy expert, and an innovative problem solver. As Chief of Staff to Councilmember David Ryu, Sarah is committed to prioritizing community engagement, transparency, and restoring trust in local government.
She is a graduate of Yale College and earned her J.D. from UCLA. She is married to Chris Dusseault, a key member of the legal team in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that successfully challenged and overturned California’s Proposition 8 before the United States Supreme Court. They have two sons.
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