Jan Perry

Jan Perry Candidate for LA County Supervisor 2nd District, former Councilwoman, former G.M. LA City EWDD. Life-long Democrat, advocate, mother.

Jan C. Perry (born 1955) is an American politician residing in Los Angeles County, California, who has served in leadership positions with the City of Los Angeles for over 25 years. “To have the privilege to represent some of the finest people in the City of Los Angeles has meant the world to me.” – Jan Perry Her top priorities and activities continue to be job growth, economic development and planning, corporate real estate transactions, neighborhood preservation, transportation and the environment. She was a 3-term Los Angeles City Council member representing the 9th district from 2001 to 2013. She was the 2nd African American woman to join the City Council in its 233-year history. Perry was elected and served three terms as an L.A. City Council Member for District 9 representing the diverse interests of over 260,000 residents living in Downtown Los Angeles, Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, Skid Row and South Los Angeles. Historically, Perry has the distinction of being the first woman Pro Tempore for the Los Angeles City Council, serving alongside City Council President Eric Garcetti. As one of 15 City Council members, Perry was an important contributor to the governing body for the City of L.A. with its annual budget of approximately $7.6 billion. With a staff of 20 and an annual budget of $1 million, Perry's efforts during her three terms led to major accomplishments in several critical areas of City services. She currently is the General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) November 2013 to present. Initially appointed as Interim G.M. in July 2013 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, she was named permanent G.M. in November 2013. The EWDD was created in July 2013 to play an essential role in helping L.A. move forward as a leading, nationally - recognized economic business center. “Jan was one of the most skilled people I know in City Hall in getting things done,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti EARLY LIFE AND FAMILY CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan Perry is the daughter of Samuel and Bettie Perry, both of whom were at different times elected Mayor of their mid-west township Woodmere, Ohio. Her father, Samuel S. Perry was a law partner of Cleveland’s first black mayor, Carl Stokes, and his brother, Louis Stokes, a longtime congressman. Her mother, Bettie Perry, was a social worker. Racial discrimination was central to the upbringing of Jan Perry and the era. As a small child Perry’s parents were turned down for a mortgage and a home in a neighborhood of their choice due to prejudice. Perry’s father, a WWII vet, wanted to purchase a home through the GI Bill. After being refused they found an African American man who looked Caucasian to buy the land for them and several other black families. After the land was bought and then sold to them, Perry’s parents built the home that Bettie Perry still lives in. Perry was heavily influenced by her parents who worked to advocate for fair housing, fighting restrictive covenants and ending the days of racial discrimination in the housing market. They worked to integrate communities in Cleveland. When Perry was 5 years old she would go with her parents to fair housing meetings or voter registration rally’s and also door to door, watching her parents talk to people about the issues. As a reaction to her parent’s early activism someone built and set fire to a large wood cross in the yard of her family’s new home in Woodmere. Her mother fought the flames as Perry and her sister watched, all worried that the fire was going to burn down the brand new home they had worked so hard to have. Her mother said, “our family would not be intimidated, and we taught our children to believe that events like this would not define them”. Bettie Perry keeps the remnants of the burned cross in her garage to this day. In 1963, Perry watched as her parents left on a bus to go to the Martin Luther King March on Washington DC. Even as a child, observing events like this made her keenly aware that things were changing. Her parents came back transformed. Her mother said the March on Washington and hearing MLK speak was one of the greatest moments of her life. Perry looks back on the civil rights movement as a major influence on her politics. “One of the few times in my life when I ever saw my father cry was when Martin Luther King was assassinated”. “These things affected me very much,” Perry said. She described herself as “a natural fighter, especially if I feel people are being disrespected, or disenfranchised, or disregarded, or marginalized.” From 1966 to 1972, Sam Perry served as mayor of Woodmere, Ohio. During his tenure he focused on building and zoning problems faced by the community, the role of blacks in local government and the effectiveness of black and white coalition politics. A local newspaper at the time reported “Perry Is the only Negro mayor in the greater Cleveland area. Woodmere…has a number of Negro residents.” Later, in 1967, Sam Perry’s law partner, Carl Stokes, would become the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio and the first black mayor of a major U.S. city. EDUCATION-Perry attended the University of Southern California graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Cum Laude, in 1977. After receiving her B.A. she followed by receiving her Masters in Public Administration in 1981. [8] In addition, she earned a Certificate in Litigation from the University of California, Los Angeles Extension in 1979. EARLY ACTIVISM - Executive Director, 2000 Census Outreach Project, Los Angeles 1999 - 2000 Senior Legislative and Policy Advisor, City of L.A. Council District 10 1998 - 1999 Chief of Staff, City of Los Angeles, Council District 9 1993 - 1998 Land Use and Planning Deputy, City of L.A., Council District 13 1990 - 1993 Ernst & Young, L.A., General Corporate Paralegal Services 1989 - 1990 Union Bank, L.A., Priority Banking Admin. Product Manager Trainee 1987 - 1989 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, L.A., General Corp. Litigation Paralegal 1983 - 1987 Nissan Motor Corp., L.A., General Corp., Law & Litigation Paralegal 1981 - 1983 Herzfeld & Rubin, L.A., Paralegal 1980 - 1981 San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, L.A., Administrative Law Paralegal 1979 - 1980 CITY COUNCIL-ELECTIONS Elected: Los Angeles City Councilmember, 9th District Three successive terms July 1, 2001 – July 1, 2013 ECONOMIC and WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (EWDD) “My first concern has always been to put people back to work.”- Jan Perry The EWDD is a combination of three main entities: the Economic Development Division (EDD), the Workforce Development Division (WDD) and the YouthSource & Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). As General Manager, Perry leads a department of 175+ individuals charged with brokering city loans and bonds for economic development; she is also responsible for overseeing the running of 18 WorkSource Centers and 13 YouthSource Centers. Perry leads the EWDD’s efforts in managing federal programs and bonds for economic development by implementing strategies that support business growth, job training, and employment opportunities to spur business activity in the City… administration of millions of dollars in federal funds earmarked for programs such as workforce and youth development, job skills training, and small business loans. The department also manages a significant federal loan portfolio for the development of projects that support community development and job creation. “The city is very complicated and it rivals most states and some smaller countries because we have a unique set of factors to consider. We have 230,000 business locations with a total employment of 2.9 million people just in the city. Over half of the employment in the city is small businesses of less than 30 employees. My department is working to link economic and workforce development programs to create more jobs and to build a much more highly skilled workforce than before. We’re concentrating on improving our existing delivery systems to businesses and to job seekers and we’ve developed new investment strategies that leverage our funding and focus on building our citywide economic profile and engaging in community driven economic development.”-  Jan Perry COMMUNITY SERVICE Over the years, she has used her influence to help many non–profit organizations that impact quality of life issues for the City’s residents and businesses. Her service and membership has focused on children, education, the environment, minorities, women’s advocacy and low income housing to name a few. She always takes the time to be of service by demonstrating her commitment to making the mechanisms of government work harder and better for the City and its people. COMMUNITY SERVICE - Angel’s Flight Railway Foundation, Director, ArtShare LA., Director, A Place Called Home, Director, Bienvenidos, President's Council Member, Director, California Women Lead, Board Member 2013, First in Fire Foundation, Board Member, 2013, Go for Broke Educational Foundation, Director, Heidi Duckler Dance Company, Advisory Board Member, 2013, Japanese American Community & Cultural Center, Director, 2013, Jenessee Center Vocational Education Committee, Director, Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation Council, Director, League of Women Voters, Director, Los Angeles Educational Partnership, Director, Presidents’ Council, Director, 2013, William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom, Director, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Senior Fellow: 2013 – Present, Metro Region of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Member, Past & Present: African-American/Jewish Leadership Connection, Black-Korean Alliance, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, National Women's Political Caucus, Pasadena Chapter

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03/03/2020

Today is election day. Please remember to vote. To find your polling place go to LAvote.net
Vote for Jan Perry for LA County Supervisor District 2.
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03/02/2020

Many thanks to Earl Ofari Hutchinson and the Coalition to Take Back LA County for their support. I look forward to collaborating with you to ensure our County government works for the people.
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The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment ACCE Action has endorsed Jan Perry for LA County Supervisor for t...
02/29/2020

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment ACCE Action has endorsed Jan Perry for LA County Supervisor for the 2nd District. ACCE Action is a grassroots member-led, statewide community organization with more than 15,000 members across California.

Thank you National Women's Political Caucus South Bay for the prestigious endorsement. I will continue to join you in su...
02/28/2020

Thank you National Women's Political Caucus South Bay for the prestigious endorsement.
I will continue to join you in supporting more women to run for office.

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As Councilwoman I met Kobe Bryant. He sponsored the basketball court construction in Green Meadows Park. Opening day, lo...
02/24/2020

As Councilwoman I met Kobe Bryant.
He sponsored the basketball court construction in Green Meadows Park. Opening day, local children lined up to meet him and he stayed for hours. I was awestruck by his spirit.
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Take a minute to watch my interview with Conan Nolan NBC LA. We had an intense and focused conversation about homelessne...
02/24/2020
NewsConference: Jan Perry Vying for LA County Supervisor

Take a minute to watch my interview with Conan Nolan NBC LA. We had an intense and focused conversation about homelessness, the sheriff's department and issues regarding my campaign for 2nd Supervisorial District.
Early voting's begun, Election Day is March 3.
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Former City Councilperson Jan Perry with NBC4’s Conan Nolan about her candidacy for the LA County Board of Supervisor District 2 to replace the outgoing Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Why you, asks Conan? I get it done, says Perry.

I'm so proud to have the endorsement of the Honorable Maxine Waters. “Jan Perry has the track record to prove she can ta...
02/22/2020

I'm so proud to have the endorsement of the Honorable Maxine Waters. “Jan Perry has the track record to prove she can tackle the most pressing issues of our day-especially homelessness. Jan Perry will make a great Supervisor and deserves your vote," Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Vote Centers are open today! Make sure to Vote for Jan Perry for County Supervisor, District 2. If you live in Carson, A...
02/22/2020

Vote Centers are open today! Make sure to Vote for Jan Perry for County Supervisor, District 2.

If you live in Carson, Athens (or West Athens), Adams, Compton, Baldwin Hills, Barnes City, Culver City, Del Aire, Central Avenue, Gardena, East Rancho Dominguez, Crenshaw, Hawthorne, El Camino Village, Expo Park (portion), Inglewood, Florence-Firestone, Green Meadows, Lawndale, Ladera Heights, Hollywood (portion), Los Angeles (portion), Lennox, Koreatown, Lynwood, Marina del Rey (portion), La Brea, Rancho Dominguez, Mar Vista, View Park, Miracle Mile (portion), West Carson (portion), North Shoestring,West Compton, Palms (portion), West Rancho Dominguez/Victoria. Sawtelle (portion), Westmont, South Park, Willowbrook, South Vermont, Windsor Hills, Venice (portion), Wiseburn, Vermont Square, Watts, West Adams, Westchester (portion), Westlake (portion), Wholesale District (portion), Wilshire Center (portion) - You can Vote for me!

Vote Centers open up on February 22 and Election Day is March 3. That's 11 days of voting.

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02/20/2020

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Election Day is March 3,2020. Early voting begins February 22, 2020.

I'm so proud to have the endorsement of the Honorable Maxine Waters. “Jan Perry has the track record to prove she can ta...
02/15/2020

I'm so proud to have the endorsement of the Honorable Maxine Waters.
“Jan Perry has the track record to prove she can tackle the most pressing issues of our day-especially homelessness. Jan Perry will make a great Supervisor and deserves your vote," Congresswoman Maxine Waters
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I'm so proud to have the endorsement of the Honorable Maxine Waters. “Jan Perry has the track record to prove she can ta...
02/14/2020

I'm so proud to have the endorsement of the Honorable Maxine Waters.
“Jan Perry has the track record to prove she can tackle the most pressing issues of our day-especially homelessness. Jan Perry will make a great Supervisor and deserves your vote," Congresswoman Maxine Waters

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This is a very special endorsement - it comes from Mother, Kay Calvin and her daughter Renee Calvin. They are both caree...
02/08/2020

This is a very special endorsement -
it comes from Mother, Kay Calvin and her daughter Renee Calvin. They are both career public servants and worked for special services in the State Senate in Sacramento. They have worked with many electeds who have crossed the threshold in the State Senate. They have observed many public officials close up and know their life stories. I am especially touched that they have chosen to endorse me for Los Angeles County Supervisor, district 2.

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02/05/2020

The greatest thing we can do as volunteers is talk to other voters. Come and join your neighbors and bring your friends and let's call some people to get out the vote for Jan Perry!

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01/29/2020

Speak truth to power!

Rescue animals bring much joy to our lives while reducing overpopulation through adoption. My Chiweenie was abandoned an...
01/29/2020

Rescue animals bring much joy to our lives while reducing overpopulation through adoption. My Chiweenie was abandoned and found his forever home with us. I am proud of the work I have done to protect animals both large and small.
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During my time as Councilwoman I had the opportunity to meet Kobe Bryant. He was kind and generous and sponsored the con...
01/28/2020

During my time as Councilwoman I had the opportunity to meet Kobe Bryant. He was kind and generous and sponsored the construction of the basketball court in Green Meadows Park in South Los Angeles.

The opening was an exciting day. Of course, because of Kobe, there were lots of media in attendance. There was a short ceremony and then children from the community lined up to meet him to take pictures and talk to him. He was patient and kind and stayed for hours after the media departed. He spoke to the children and gave them much encouragement. I was awestruck by his human spirit. I can only offer my prayers to his family and the families of others who perished in this horrible tragedy.

I have and will continue to work in the best interest of our community. Corruption has no place in our local government....
01/25/2020

I have and will continue to work in the best interest of our community. Corruption has no place in our local government. I am grateful to be seen and recognized for my hard work.

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Hope to see you there to hear my responses to the community. This will be a good forum to hear what I intend to do as LA...
01/13/2020

Hope to see you there to hear my responses to the community. This will be a good forum to hear what I intend to do as LA County Supervisor.
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Hope to see you there to hear my responses to the community. This will be a good forum to hear what I intend to do as LA...
01/07/2020

Hope to see you there to hear my responses to the community. This will be a good forum to hear what I intend to do as LA County Supervisor.
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