Councilman-Elect David Ryu Announces Chief of Staff


JUNE 19, 2015

Councilman-Elect David Ryu Announces Chief of Staff

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles City Councilman-Elect David Ryu today announced Sarah Dusseault—a 15-year veteran of public service—will join his office as his Chief of Staff and lead his transition effort.


“I am excited to welcome Sarah to my team,” Ryu said. “Sarah has an innovative spirit and the City Hall experience necessary to help me chart an effective new course for the neighborhoods of CD4. She is a dedicated public servant and policy expert, who has a proven track record of delivering results for the people of Los Angeles.”

Dusseault developed Mayor Garcetti’s campaign policy agenda for his 2013 mayoral race. Prior, Dusseault managed and guided the legislative agenda for then City Council President Garcetti from 2006-2012. Under Garcetti, Dusseault implemented several neighborhood initiatives, including helping craft a stop to tenant evictions in foreclosed properties. Most recently, Dusseault served as the campaign manager and senior advisor for Bobby Shriver for Supervisor 2014.

Dusseault began her career in public service with former Mayor Jim Hahn in 2000, as his campaign policy director. Post campaign, she continued in this role for Hahn at the Office of the Mayor. Dusseault advanced to Assistant Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and then moved on to serve as the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Homelessness. Under these roles, Dusseault led the Mayor’s efforts to revitalize downtown Los Angeles and oversaw the creation of L.A.’s affordable housing trust fund—the largest of its kind in America.

“I am honored to join Team Ryu. I am excited to get to work on legislation and initiatives that put the neighborhoods first at City Hall. I look forward to joining the team and working on behalf of the community,” said Dusseault.

Dusseault earned a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Dusseault clerked for The Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Dusseault 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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