On July 1, 2013,
Garcetti became the 42nd elected mayor
of American Los Angeles and the 86th
person to lead the
city since its founding in 1781 as a Spanish settlement.
Garcetti was born in
Los Angeles in 1971.
His father, Gil Garcetti,
served as a former
Los Angeles County District
mother is Jewish, making Garcetti the first
elected Jewish mayor of Los Angeles (in 1878, Bernard Cohn, who was Jewish, served
briefly as mayor of Los Angeles after the elected mayor
died in office). At the time of his election, Garcetti,
age 42, also became the youngest mayor of Los Angeles in more than 100
In college, Garcetti served on the Student Council at Columbia University.
In 1993, he received a Masters of International Affairs from the School of
International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He became a Rhodes
Scholar at The Queen's College, Oxford, and further studied at the London
School of Economics.
Garcetti was a visiting instructor of International Affairs at
the University of Southern California and assistant professor of Diplomacy
and World Affairs at Occidental College. He served on the California Board
of Human Rights Watch.
Garcetti was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2001. He was
reelected in 2005 and again in 2009. During that time, he served as Los
Angeles City Council President from 2006 to 2012. He declared his candidacy
for mayor of Los Angeles on September 8, 2011.
From 2010-2012, Garcetti appeared as "Ramon Quintero", the Mayor of Los
Angeles on the fictional TNT television show The Closer and its
spin-off Major Crimes. Garcetti's father, Gil Garcetti served as a
consulting producer on both series.
Garcetti lives in Echo Park with his wife Amy Elaine Wakeland, whom he wed
in January 2009. He also serves as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy