Background/Bio

Jan Perry

General Manager, City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department

Jan Perry possesses a record of accomplishments that makes her a standout as General Manager of the new Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department. The former 9th District City Councilmember was a lightning rod for major changes in the district’s infrastructure which includes Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, and South Los Angeles. Her work resulted in quality job development and training, and the development of housing at all income levels.

Over the past decade, Perry supported major redevelopment projects in Downtown Los Angeles that represented more than $15 billion in investment along with $40 million in City tax revenue, and the creation of more than 90,000 full-time jobs. Perry was at the forefront of ensuring that downtown moved forward to meet its potential as the economic engine for the entire region as she spearheaded projects such as LA Live, Our Lady of Angeles Cathedral and the new Police Administrative Building.

Her record of success led Mayor Garcetti to appoint Ms. Perry for the new role of leading an economic development rebirth of Los Angeles. Both Perry and the Mayor share a passion for revitalizing neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for all Angelenos.

As General Manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department, Ms. Perry leads a department of 175 individuals, some of whom are well entrenched in economic development, charged with brokering city loans, and bonds. On the workforce side, the Department oversees 18 WorkSource Centers offering specialized training, resume development, and a number of career development services. Her success will build on the notion that economic development and employment stimulates growth in a city, a solid tax base, a demand for better housing, goods and services and better schools, parks and solid neighborhoods. This is the type of community where businesses want to locate. It is the cycle of community improvement rather than community despair.

Perry earned her bachelor’s degree from the USC School of Journalism, cum laude, and her master’s degree from USC in public administration.