Former L.A. City Ethics Commission President Serena Oberstein Secures Backing from Former L.A. City Council Member Joy Picus, 52 Grassroots Activists and Neighborhood Leaders in Race to Represent L.A.'s 12th Council District

NORTHRIDGE, CA -- Demonstrating the early grassroots support behind her campaign for Los Angeles City Council District 12, today former Los Angeles City Ethics Commission President Serena Oberstein earned endorsements from past L.A. City Councilmember Joy Picus, along with over 50 local Valley grassroots activists and neighborhood leaders.

Today's endorsements follow news that recently Los Angeles' chief taxpayer watchdog, City Controller Ron Galperin, as well as Tyler Izen, CD-12 resident and former president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, also backed Oberstein's Council bid. 

A former member of the Los Angeles City Council for 16 years, Joy Picus released the following statement touting her support of Oberstein:

"Serena Oberstein is a San Fernando Valley native who has experience at the highest levels of civic action, responsibility and engagement. Serena is deeply knowledgable about the issues impacting Valley neighborhoods - from reducing traffic to ensuring the Valley gets its fair share of city resources. I've known Serena for years and can attest that she knows how to work with and serve her community. Serena has the political moxie to represent the 12th District effectively. I enthusiastically support Serena Oberstein for Los Angeles City Council."

Those endorsing Oberstein today include:

  1. Damian Carroll, Member, DPSFV, SFV Resident

  2. Melinda Lesley, Chatsworth Resident

  3. Debra Sevadra, Business Owner, Chatsworth, Resident, Granada Hills

  4. Adam Seiff, LA County Young Democrats Board Member; American Constitution Society Executive VP; Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California Board Member

  5. Krista Kline, Director of Planning, LA City Council District 11

  6. Amanda Hikin, Doctor

  7. Joannie Summers, Ret. LAUSD Teacher, Porter Ranch Resident, 

  8. Monica Osborne, Professor, Author, Columnist

  9. Kate Kigongo, Innovation Analyst, City of WEHO

  10. Jacqueline Evans, SAHM, Chatsworth Resident

  11. David Noily, Director of Operations, The Lurie Group

  12. Adam Zeise, LAUSD Assistive Technologist Northridge Resident, CSUN Alumni

  13. Joel Silberman, Writer

  14. Yael Saidoff, Rabbi, SFV Resident

  15. Bobby Chavarrae, Iraq War Veteran, SFV Resident

  16. Karen Chavarrae, CPA, SFV Resident

  17. Jill Delaney, Former LAUSD Teacher, North Hills Resident

  18. John Beyer, Small business owner, SFV Resident

  19. Lisa Gluck, Entrepreneur

  20. Rachel Sumekh, Founder & CEO Swipe Out Hunger

  21. Alf LaMont, Partner at LaMont Digital

  22. Shoshie Askren, Social Worker, CSUN Alumni

  23. Katherine Squires, LAUSD Assistant Principal, Granada Hills Resident

  24. Jonah Platt, Actor

  25. Crystal Gordon, Pharmacist, Porter Ranch Resident

  26. Bob Gordon, CPA, Porter Ranch Resident

  27. Jo-Carole Oberstein, Public School Teacher, SFV Resident, CSUN Alumni

  28. Robert Oberstein, Certified Financial Planner, Navy Veteran, CSUN Alumni 

  29. Shelby Pachecco-Ilan, Nonprofit professional, working mom, SFV Resident

  30. Kari Pachecco- Ilan, Nonprofit professional, SFV Resident

  31. Suzanne Lewis, Former Neighborhood Council Chair, SFV Resident

  32. Jean Sinatra, Business Owner

  33. DiAnn Kutsch, Retired LAUSD Teacher, SFV Resident

  34. Marge Callahan, Retired LAUSD Teacher, Porter Ranch resident

  35. Linda Spatz, LAUSD Administrator, SFV Resident

  36. Marty Spatz, Nonprofit Fundraiser, SFV Resident

  37. Dan Davidowicz, Northridge Resident, CSUN Alumni

  38. Kathi Davidowicz, Northridge Resident, Nonprofit professional

  39. Richard Sprowles, Vietnam Veteran, Retired Nurse

  40. Terri Jonisch, Porter Ranch Resident

  41. Joel Lowell, Principal, Eclectica Consulting

  42. Barri Pascal, Northridge Resident 

  43. Shirley Pascal, Northridge Resident

  44. Adam Bierman, Attorney, Northridge native

  45. David Bubis, Director of Philanthropy, Public Counsel

  46. Carolyn Stevens, SFV Resident 

  47. Fred Summers, Homeless Advocate

  48. Susan Bierman, Northridge Resident

  49. Michael Bierman, Northridge Resident

  50. Brian Summers, SFV Resident 

  51. Hillary Oberstein, Yoga Teacher, SFV Resident

  52. Anthony Alden, Attorney, SFV Resident

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.


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