BA in Liberal Studies alumna Ana Guerrero recently received the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s (LAANE) Women for a New Economy award. Anna serves as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s chief of staff and directs all aspects of the Office of the Mayor. In this capacity, she is the primary driver of his agenda to make Los Angeles safer, more livable, prosperous and well run. She has worked with Garcetti since he was first elected to the City Council in 2001. She was appointed as his council office chief of staff in 2008, after serving as his district director and deputy chief of staff. Upon his election as Mayor in 2013, Garcetti appointed her chief of staff.
Anna brought extensive community organizing experience to her role as the Mayor’s chief strategist. She began her organizing career in 1990 with the Sonoma County Faith Based Community Organizing Project where she organized low- and middle-income families around issues such as job creation and affordable housing. She came to Los Angeles in 1995 to become the lead organizer of the United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO). There, she led a campaign that helped more than 5,000 immigrants become naturalized, politically active citizens. She has also provided technical assistance to community-based organizations through the Center for Community Change.
She is an elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (AD43) and is president of the Avance Democratic Club of Los Angeles County. Anna is also a member of the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group, a joint initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School and Living Cities. Ms. Guerrero is an immigrant from Mexico and is the daughter of farm workers. She is married to Neal Goldstein and is the mother of three children ages 26, 13 and 11.
The largest event of its kind in California, the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon brings together more than 700 progressive women from across the state to celebrate and explore women’s leadership and vision. LAANE’s mission is to build a new economy based on good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment for everyone. Here in L.A., and in cities across the country, we are creating the foundation for a new green economy, from groundbreaking living wage laws to leading-edge green jobs initiatives.
Founded in 1993, LAANE is recognized as a national leader in the effort to address the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care and polluted communities. Combining a vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement to transform conditions in Los Angeles and beyond.