District 4 Staff

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Sarah Dusseault | Chief of Staff

Sarah Dusseault

Chief of Staff

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.

She can be reached by emailing sarah.dusseault@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004
Adeena Bleich | Deputy Chief of Staff

Adeena Bleich

Deputy Chief of Staff

Adeena Bleich is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Adeena began her career as an educator and administrator at the American Jewish University. She later served as Field Deputy for Council District 5. In this capacity, she focused on helping constituents navigate City services and developed relationships with community and business organizations. She also served under former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn as a Senior Policy Analyst, in the Office of Management and Budget.

In addition, Adeena worked as a consultant for an educational non-profit called New Schools Better Neighborhoods, served as the Los Angeles Director of American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was a Senior Manager for BSC Management, and most recently served as the Regional Director for the Jefferson Awards Foundation in the Greater Los Angeles area. 

Adeena has a unique combination of association and business management, and fundraising and community relations experience. She earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University and B.A. from Pitzer College. 

She can be reached by emailing adeena.bleich@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Nicholas Greif | Director of Policy & Legislation

Nicholas Greif

Director of Policy & Legislation

Nicholas Greif is the Director of Policy and Legislation for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.  

Previously, Nick was an economic adviser and business team representative for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. He led the Mayor’s policy campaigns to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles and to reform the outdated gross receipts business tax. Additionally, Nick managed the growth strategies for the industry sectors of aerospace, bioscience, and healthcare. Before joining the Mayor, he worked as a strategy & operations consultant for Deloitte Consulting.

Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and a minor in Political Science from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Born in Los Angeles, and growing up in Council District 4, Nick loves to travel and enjoys a good board game. He lives in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Palms and was recently elected as President of the Palms Neighborhood Council.

He can be reached by emailing nicholas.greif@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Estevan Jose Montemayor | Director of Communications & External Affairs

Estevan Jose Montemayor

Director of Communications & External Affairs

Estevan Montemayor is the Director of Communications and External Affairs for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Estevan serves as the primary contact for reporters and anyone seeking public information regarding the Councilmember’s office and Council District. He also oversees all external affairs and community events in the district.

He previously worked at NationBuilder, focusing on educating local governments on new media techniques. Prior to that, he worked on the communications and research team for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.

Estevan has served in senior management positions for numerous political and advocacy campaigns. He started his political career as a legislative aide to Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. He’s a native of San Diego and a graduate of UCLA.

He can be reached by emailing estevan.montemayor@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Mark Pampanin | Communications Deputy

Mark Pampanin

Communications Deputy

Mark Pampanin is the Communications Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Prior to joining Councilmember Ryu's office, Mark worked on the political team for Congressman Tony Cardenas (CA-29) and as a finance aide for Mayor Eric Garcetti's re-election and the Measure M campaign. Before entering government or politics, Mark worked as a journalist for various media outlets in Greater Los Angeles. 

He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science with minors in Journalism and Spanish from Chapman University. Originally from Boston, Mark has lived in Southern California since 2011, and is a proud resident of Los Angeles.

He can be reached by emailing mark.pampanin@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004
Justin Orenstein | Senior Legislative Deputy

Justin Orenstein

Senior Legislative Deputy

Justin Orenstein is the Senior Legislative Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Prior to joining the Councilman Ryu’s office, Justin was Communications and Project Coordinator at ICON Community Development Corporation, where he oversaw the organization’s external communications, community development initiatives and grant writing efforts.

He also served as Deputy Campaign Manager with Hertzberg for Senate 2014 and Business Development Coordinator with the Office of Congressman Tony Cardenas.

Justin earned his MA in International Studies from the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University UK, and is currently completing his PhD in International Political Economy from the same.

He can be reached by emailing justin.orenstein@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Andrew Suh | Legislative Deputy

Andrew Suh

Legislative Deputy

Andrew Suh is the Legislative Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Prior to joining Councilmember Ryu’s office, Andrew worked as an academic advisor and internship coordinator for an international academic institution, where he helped students transition into college as well as employment after college. He managed the Korean-American relations in both programs as the role of a liaison in the Beverly Hills District Office. He is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A in Geography and Environmental Studies.

He can be reached by emailing andrew.suh@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Nikki Ezhari | District Director

Nikki Ezhari

District Director

Nikki Ezhari is the District Director for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Nikki serves as Ryu’s representative to Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Franklin Canyon, and Bel Air Beverly Crest.

She previously served in a similar position in Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s office, where she represented him in Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys. Prior to that she served as a field deputy for Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

She can be reached by emailing nikki.ezhari@lacity.org or by calling (323) 957-6335.

Emma Howard | Senior Planning Deputy

Emma Howard

Senior Planning Deputy

Emma Howard is the Senior Planning Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District Four.

Previously, Emma has worked as a planner for the County of Los Angeles and the City of New York. As Cultural Community Associate at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, she worked to build community capacity in the neighborhood of East Brooklyn and worked on New York City's first Cultural Plan. Prior to her work in NYC she worked as a Regional Planner with the County of Los Angeles. During her 8 years with the County, she prepared land use ordinances and policy, including the Significant Ecological Areas Program, community standards districts, hillsides and ridgelines ordinances, and small business regulations.

Ms Howard has a decade of experience in public outreach, an M.A. in Community Development and Planning and is a certified Creative Placemaker. Creative Placemaking is an emerging field in using the intersections of arts and the land use planning process to achieve outcomes that enhance communities physically, socially and creatively. She has been a proud resident of Koreatown since 2008.

She can be reached by emailing emma.howard@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Renee Weitzer | Senior Advisor for Land Use & Development

Renee Weitzer

Senior Advisor for Land Use & Development

Renee Weitzer is the Senior Advisor for Land Use & Development for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Renee is involved in Land Use, Planning and Development issues in Council District Four and brings her strong experience in serving the communities of Council District Four in advising the office.

Renee has an unparalleled experience in planning issues specific to Council District Four. She has worked for the City of Los Angeles since 1984, first serving as an aide to Councilman Joel Wachs of the Second Council District. She has served a combined 27 years in Council District Four, first for then-Council President John Ferraro before becoming chief of planning for Ferraro's successor Tom LaBonge. She has previously worked in the office of Councilmember David Ryu from his inauguration until May 2016.

She can be reached by emailing renee.weitzer@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Alice Roth | Field Deputy

Alice Roth

Field Deputy

Alice Roth is a Field Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Alice serves as the council representative to Toluca Lake and oversees the constituent cases and issues in the neighborhoods of Cahuenga Pass and Laurel Canyon. Alice served CD4 for over thirteen years as member of Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s staff. Prior to joining the City Hall family, she served the community as an aide to former Assemblymember Scott Wildman.

She can be reached by emailing alice.roth@lacity.org or by calling (323) 851-2121.

Catherine Landers | Deputy Director for Special Projects

Catherine Landers

Deputy Director for Special Projects

Catherine Landers is a Deputy Director for Special Projects for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Catherine oversees long-term projects across Council District Four and collaborates across departments to accomplish district initiatives.

Catherine has a background in environmental law and has served in senior management roles on a number of electoral and advocacy campaigns. Catherine was Councilman Ryu's community outreach director on his campaign, and recently served as an honored guest manager at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Catherine has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.

She can be reached by emailing catherine.landers@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Shannon Prior | Field Deputy

Shannon Prior

Field Deputy

Shannon Prior is a Field Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Shannon serves as Ryu’s representative to the neighborhoods of Beachwood, The Oaks, and the Dell.

Before joining Councilmember Ryu's office, Shannon worked as the governmental ethics manager for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. During her tenure at the commission, she administered the City's conflict of interest disclosure program and educated city officials on the complexities of city and state ethics laws.

Shannon is a Los Angeles native and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in political science. She is currently enrolled in a Master's program at University of Southern California in Public Administration.

She currently lives in Silver Lake and enjoys hiking in Griffith Park and volunteering in her community.

She can be reached by emailing shannon.prior@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Rob Fisher | Field Deputy & Community Planner

Rob Fisher

Field Deputy & Community Planner

Rob Fisher is a Field Deputy & Community Planner for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District Four.

Rob serves as Ryu’s representative to the Metro South Los Angeles Area, including Mid-Wilshire, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, and Hollywood.

Rob has a background in land use, litigation and community organizing.  Most recently he served as manager of the Warner Center Association while splitting his time as a planning associate with Rossenheim and Associates in Woodland Hills.  Prior to his work in land use, Rob practiced law in areas ranging from consumer protection to criminal defense, notably serving as a deputy public defender in Orange County.  He has also worked as a community organizer on a number of local and national campaigns.

He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and earned a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Rob also holds a Masters degree in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University. He is a Santa Monica native.

He can be reached by emailing rob.fisher@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

 

Madelynn Taras | Field Deputy

Madelynn Taras

Field Deputy

Madelynn Taras is a Field Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Madelynn graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California. Having studied International Relations and being bilingual in Hebrew and Spanish, Madelynn has been able to work all over the world, including Tel Aviv, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles City Hall.

Madelynn was born in the San Fernando Valley and is proud to call Los Angeles home. She is an avid foodie and enjoys exploring the City of Angels with her friends in her spare time as well as volunteering at local animal shelters.

She can be reached by emailing madelynn.taras@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Rachel Fox | Field Deputy

Rachel Fox

Field Deputy

Rachel Fox is a Field Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

As a Field Deputy, Rachel assists with constituent cases and handles issues for Metro South Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Prior to joining the Councilmember Ryu’s office, Rachel worked to support training and consulting programs for the Center for Nonprofit Management. Rachel is a proud alumni of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Summer Internship Program, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Chapman University.

She can be reached by emailing rachel.fox@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Daniel Park | Community Affairs Coordinator

Daniel Park

Community Affairs Coordinator

Daniel Park is a Community Affairs Coordinator for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Daniel serves as the neighborhood advocate assisting with constituent cases and issues for the Metro South Los Angeles neighborhoods as well as Korean American community affairs.

Prior to joining the council office, Daniel worked for multiple campaigns. Ranging from State Assembly, Congress, and as Deputy Field Director for Councilmember Ryu’s campaign. Daniel was born and raised in Los Angeles.

Daniel graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Political Science. In his free time, Daniel enjoys cooking for friends, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

He can be reached by emailing daniel.park@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

William Stelly | Case Manager

William Stelly

Case Manager

William Stelly Jr. is a Case Manager for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

William serves as the neighborhood advocate assisting with constituent cases and issues for the areas of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Cahuenga Pass, and Laurel Canyon.

Before serving Council District 4, William worked as a field deputy with the Office of Councilmember Barnard C. Parks from 2007 to 2015. William enjoys time with his son, photography, cinematography, and graphic design.

He can be reached by emailing william.stelly@lacity.org or by calling (323) 851-2121.
Daniel Eyal | Field Deputy

Daniel Eyal

Field Deputy

Daniel Eyal is a Field Deputy for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Daniel Eyal is the Field Deputy for the Sherman Oaks area.

Daniel graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in Global Studies, Spanish and Professional Writing. Daniel has served as an intern at the White House and with Council District 4, and joins the office with a passion to serve the community. He is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity International and hopes to attend law school in the future.

Daniel was born and raised in Sherman Oaks, where he currently lives.

Milene Minassians | Case Manager

Milene Minassians

Case Manager

Milene Minassians is a Case Manager for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4. 

As a Case Manager, Milene helps assist with constituent cases and issues for the Sherman Oaks area. Prior to joining the council office, Milene worked as a research intern at the World Affairs Council of Northern California, and served as a JusticeCorps member with the Los Angeles Superior Court.

 

Milene graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science specializing in international relations.

She can be reached by emailing milene.minassians@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Hank Kaplan | Council Aide

Hank Kaplan

Council Aide

Hank Kaplan is a Council Aide for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Hank works the front desk of Councilmember Ryu's City Hall Office. Prior to serving as a Council Aide, Hank worked as an intern in Councilmember Ryu's office as well as in the office of London Breed, Supervisor of the City and County of San Francisco's Fifth District.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Hank has lived in Los Angeles for the past 4 years and looks forward to a long future in Southern California. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a B.A. in History and hopes to further his education in the field of public policy.

Yena Ji | Scheduler

Yena Ji

Scheduler

Yena Ji is the Scheduler for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Before serving the 4th District, Yena was part of the Councilmember's campaign team. Ji graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Developmental studies. Yena enjoys watching movies, painting, and spending time with family and friends.

She can be reached by emailing yena.ji@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004.

Moniquea Roberson | Office Specialist/Funding Coordinator

Moniquea Roberson

Office Specialist/Funding Coordinator

Moniquea Roberson is the Office Specialist and Funding Coordinator for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Moniquea started her career with the City of Los Angeles in the Office of Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas from 2000 - 2003; serving in a number of administrative capacities.

She went on to work with the Office of Councilmember Bernard C. Parks for his entire tenure, from 2003 - 2015, serving as the Senior Administrative Assistant and eventually as the Executive Assistant/Administrative Manager from 2006 - 2015.

She can be reached by emailing moniquea.roberson@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004

Steven Bautista | Case Manager

Steven Bautista

Case Manager

Steven Bautista is a Case Manager for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4.

Steven also assists with constituent cases and issues for the Metro neighborhoods of Hollywood, Silver Lake and Los Feliz.

Prior to joining Councilmember Ryu's office, Steven worked as an intern in the office of the City Clerk and the Vehicle Parking District in Pomona City Hall. He graduated form UCSB with a B.A. in Political Science. In his free time Steven volunteers locally and spends time with his family. 

He can be reached by emailing steven.bautista@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7004