Mayor Bass Appoints Carolyn Webb de Macias as Chief of Staff

Carolyn Webb De Macias - International Black Women's Public Policy Institute


      Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has announced that Carolyn Webb de Macias will serve as her new Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor. Webb de Macias will support Mayor Bass in her commitment to reshaping Los Angeles, with a focus on accelerated housing and enhancing the city’s safety and livability. 

      “I’ve known Carolyn for years and I know Los Angeles has benefitted from her work for even longer than that,” Mayor Bass stated. “Carolyn is thoughtful, skilled, dedicated and the right person for the job. I’m grateful she has agreed to join our team as we continue our work to move Los Angeles forward.”

      Webb de Macias brings a wealth of experience to the position, with a longstanding commitment to education, equity, and social justice. She worked as Chief of Staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education as an appointee of President Barack Obama. Webb de Macias also served the University of Southern California as Vice President for External Relations, and she holds the lifetime title of Vice President Emerita from the University of Southern California. Webb de Macias is a seasoned veteran of City Hall, having served as a Senior Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and then-City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas during his first term. 

      “I am thrilled to work with Mayor Bass in executing her vision of improving the quality of life for all Angelenos with a sharp focus on solving the most tenacious problems that confront us,” said Webb de Macias. “She is a servant leader who has risen through determined work to this executive office fully prepared to transform Los Angeles.”

      In making the announcement, Bass took the opportunity to thank the outgoing Chief of Staff, Chris Thompson, for his commendable service to the city. Thompson began with Mayor Bass last year in November and led the effort to set up the Bass administration under a tight three-week transition. 

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