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A former deputy mayor will serve as chief of staff and lead transition efforts for Councilman-elect David Ryu, it was announced Friday.

Sarah Dussault, who advised Mayor James Hahn on housing and homelessness issues, and worked on policy agendas for now-Mayor Eric Garcetti, will lead Ryu’s staff.

“I am excited to welcome Sarah to my team,” Ryu said. “Sarah has an innovative spirit and the City Hall experience necessary to help me chart an effective new course for the neighborhoods of CD4. She is a dedicated public servant and policy expert, who has a proven track record of delivering results for the people of Los Angeles.”

Dussault provided policy advise to Mayor Eric Garcetti during his 2013 mayoral campaign, and while he served as president of the City Council. Dussault worked on policies to prevent evictions of tenants from foreclosed properties.

She was recently campaign manager and adviser to failed Los Angeles County Supervisor candidate Bobby Shriver.

Dusseault got her start in politics working as campaign policy director for Hahn in 2000. She continued advising Hahn when he became mayor. She was an assistant deputy mayor working on economic development and a deputy mayor for housing and homelessness.

Dusseault worked on Hahn’s “efforts to revitalize downtown Los Angeles and oversaw the creation of L.A.’s affordable housing trust fund,” the release said.

“I am honored to join Team Ryu,” Dussault said. “I am excited to get to work on legislation and initiatives that put the neighborhoods first at City Hall. I look forward to joining the team and working on behalf of the community.”

Dusseault has a bachelor’s from Yale College and a law degree from the UCLA. She is married to Chris Dusseault, who worked on the legal team in Hollingsworth v. Perry, a case that challenged and overturned Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.

—City News Service

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