L.A.'S TAXPAYER WATCHDOG BACKS FORMER L.A. ETHICS WATCHDOG FOR COUNCIL
Former L.A. City Ethics Commission President Serena Oberstein Wins Pivotal Endorsement from L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin, Begins Campaign With Boost of Momentum
NORTHRIDGE, CA -- Days after formally launching her campaign for Los Angeles City Council District 12, former Los Angeles City Ethics Commission President Serena Oberstein secured a highly coveted endorsement from Los Angeles' widely respected City Controller, Ron Galperin.
Elected twice citywide, Galperin's support carries significant weight with voters given his role as the city's chief taxpayer watchdog. In making public his endorsement of Oberstein, City Controller Galperin released the following statement:
"Serena Oberstein represents a refreshing change and someone I am proud to support. As the former president of the L.A. City Ethics Commission, I know she'll put people over politics and prioritize good government policies. I look forward to partnering with her to continue our work to protect taxpayers and make City Hall more transparent. The Valley needs a fearless leader like Serena working to ensure its people and neighborhoods get their fair share of resources and services. I fully endorse Serena Oberstein for City Council."
Today's news follows Oberstein's official campaign launch just last week, in which she previously declared:
"It's time that we have a city government that better reflects the people, neighborhoods and ideals of our community. I'm running for City Council to fight for all of the people in the 12th District -- women and men, children and families, and to build safer, healthier and stronger Valley neighborhoods.
"I'll fight hard every day to restore trust in our government. What our communities need - and deserve - is vision to improve public safety, address the crisis of homelessness, modernize our outdated infrastructure and rapidly improve delivery of city services. We must protect the character of Valley neighborhoods while building a thriving middle class economy that is sadly disappearing."
Serena Oberstein was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley attending public schools before launching a career to fight for her community. She has spent nearly two decades creating solutions on the local, state and federal level in the nonprofit and public sectors.
She served as president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which she was appointed to in 2014 by Councilmember Mitchell Englander. She helped lead an Ethics Commission that worked to provide greater transparency on campaign finance reform, elections and proactive accountability for those violating L.A. City Ethics Code.
Serena was the Chief Operating Officer for Vision to Learn, a national nonprofit organization that provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to students in need. Oberstein oversaw strategic growth and service delivery across 10 states and 75 school districts equipping thousands of children in high-need communities with glasses so they can lead more successful lives. She previously worked as the Southern California Regional Director of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and is currently a consultant for nonprofits focusing on strategic growth and capacity building.
Serena served her community as a policy analyst and neighborhood liaison in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office.
Oberstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master in public administration degree from New York University Wagner School of Public Service.
She and her husband live in Northridge with their two young daughters and dog, Huck.