LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed former Los Angeles city Controller Wendy Greuel, his opponent in the 2013 mayoral race, to the board overseeing the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
The joint city and county agency operates programs and services for homeless individuals around the county and decides how to distribute federal funding for homelessness programs.
Greuel is currently a consultant for the Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a children’s science museum. If confirmed by the City Council, she would replace United Way of Greater Los Angeles President Elise Buik, who has been on the commission for five years.
Prior to becoming city controller, Greuel served as a Los Angeles City Councilmember representing a San Fernando Valley area district from 2002 until 2009. She also worked in Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s administration for 10 years as an adviser on issues such as education, housing and homelessness.
Greuel also worked in the Clinton administration as deputy director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the mayor’s office.
Greuel’s “longtime advocacy for L.A.’s most vulnerable citizens makes her the ideal choice for this position,” Garcetti said Tuesday, Jan. 12.
“She brings in-depth expertise, a strong work ethic and lifelong dedication to public service and homelessness to the LAHSA board,” he said.
Garcetti praised his onetime opponent in the 2013 mayoral runoff as being “uniquely qualified to help us effectively and urgently address the homelessness crisis and implement the sustainable strategies we need to get people off the streets, connected to services and into homes”
Garcetti can appoint up to five members of the 10-person board. The position is unpaid.
Greuel, who joined Garcetti Tuesday for a lunch with homeless clients of the Downtown Women’s Center, said the city is taking action on “the homelessness crisis with unprecedented coordination at all levels of government.”
She credited “Mayor Garcetti’s commitment and elected leaders across the region” for creating an “unparalleled opportunity to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles.”
Greuel added that her career has focused on homelessness, “and I am proud to have contributed to the continuum of care system, the Los Angeles Homeless Initiative and the creation of LAHSA itself.”
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue my commitment during this critical crossroads, and look forward to serving as the mayor’s appointee,” she said.