Mayor Garcetti announces that Jan Perry, General Manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department, is stepping down

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Jan Perry will step down as General Manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) at the end of the year. Perry will become Executive Director of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, a statewide group dedicated to developing and advocating approaches and strategies that motivate government at all levels to implement environmentally and fiscally sustainable infrastructure projects. She takes up that post on January 2, 2019.

“Jan Perry has dedicated her career to making Los Angeles a better, more prosperous place to live, work, and start a business,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Her passion, perseverance, and persistence have helped strengthen our economy and workforce, and we’re grateful for her service and leadership.”

Mayor Garcetti appointed Perry as EWDD General Manager after she successfully served three terms on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 9th District communities of Little Tokyo, Downtown, and South Los Angeles. The impact she made during her 12 years in office brought visibility to the newly-formed EWDD because of her work on economic development projects that revitalized neglected neighborhoods.

“It’s been the privilege of my life to serve the people of the City of Los Angeles,” Perry said. “I look forward to this next phase in my journey where I will continue to serve the people of California by promoting infrastructure projects that will stimulate economic development and create good-paying jobs.”

When Perry steps down on December 31, John Reamer, Director of the Bureau of Contract Administration, will take over as Interim General Manager of EWDD.  

“I am humbled by this appointment and honored to serve under Mayor Garcetti’s leadership to enhance economic and workforce development opportunities in Los Angeles,” Reamer said.

Reamer has served as Director of the Bureau of Contract Administration since 2004. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of all public works construction across the City, as well as monitoring and enforcing federal, state, and local wage and contracting laws. He has led job training and workforce development initiatives, and helped coordinate efforts to promote opportunities for minority- and women-owned small businesses.