Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Friday nominated the next general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
Raquel Beltran, associate director for the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles since 2014, will take over as general manager. Beltran brings more than three decades of experience in community organizing, executive management and public policy to her new role, according to the mayor’s office.
“Our city is stronger when we empower and engage Angelenos and give everyone a voice in our local government,” Garcetti said. “Raquel’s experience will ensure that all of our communities’ ideas and aspirations stand front and center in our decision-making at City Hall and that our services and programs match up with the best interests and highest ideals of our fellow Angelenos.”
As the General Manager of DONE, Beltran will oversee department operations and functions such as management of the Neighborhood Council system, development of the department’s budget as well as all personnel, constituent and government relations.
“The city of Los Angeles’ Neighborhood Council system is a unique and important part of the city’s democratic process,” Beltran said. “Serving the city’s Neighborhood Councils is a noble responsibility. I look forward to collaborating with their dedicated leaders to advance a cooperative vision for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.”
As the associate director of the Pat Brown Institute, Beltran managed the institute’s operations, community engagement efforts and leadership programs.
From 2006 to 2014, Beltran was the executive director of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles. She also worked for the city of San Diego; as a Program Manager for the American Red Cross in San Francisco; and as the co-founder of the United Domestic Workers Union of America.
Beltran’s nomination is subject to City Council confirmation. She would replace outgoing General Manager Grayce Liu, who stepped down after seven years to become a city engagement officer with Los Angeles’ personnel department.