Posted on 09/03/2021

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced three new leaders at the senior level — Mary Hodge as Deputy Mayor of the Mayor’s Office of City Services, Kevin Keller as Deputy Mayor of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, and Alex Comisar as Director of Communications.

“The breadth and depth of experience of these three leaders make them the right people to continue our recovery from the pandemic and steer our city toward a future of equity, resilience, and prosperity,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “From delivering on our back to basics agenda to record job creation and economic growth, these three individuals have the track record and institutional knowledge to excel in these roles, and I am proud to welcome them into these new positions.”  

As Deputy Mayor of City Services, Mary Hodge oversees 15 city departments that are responsible for maintaining and expanding the City’s transportation network, infrastructure, and neighborhood services. Hodge also currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Prior to being named Deputy Mayor, Hodge served as Mayor Garcetti’s Chief of Operations. Hodge previously held senior positions on President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and Mayor Garcetti’s 2013 mayoral campaign. Throughout her career, she has been involved in political and community organizing, including time with EMILY’s List, as well as leading efforts for various candidates, labor unions, and ballot measures across the country.  

“I am excited to work with our city departments that play such important roles in shaping how people experience Los Angeles — whether residents or visitors,” said Hodge. “The work we do touches the lives of so many people in so many different ways, ranging from providing basic vital services like the water, power, and sanitation that we rely on every single day, to building and maintaining the roads, bridges, and transportation systems that connect our neighborhoods and communities, to the parks, libraries, zoo and cultural landmarks and experiences that enrich our city and make it unique.” 

As the leader of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Kevin Keller oversees the City’s planning, building services, tourism, convention, airport and port departments. He will also serve as a chief advisor to Mayor Garcetti on land use, land development, and economic policy, and will work closely with General Managers to help promote economic growth, equitable development, and continued investment in Los Angeles.

Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor, Keller served as Executive Officer for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where he managed all internal department operations, including long range planning, project planning, and the department budget.  Before becoming Executive Officer, Keller served as Deputy Director for Long Range Planning, as well as the Director of Planning and Housing Policy for Mayor Garcetti and Chief Planning Deputy for Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski.

“Mayor Garcetti has made economic recovery following COVID-19 a top priority,” said Keller. “As we help restaurants and other small businesses get back on their feet, we will continue to increase housing, invest in our infrastructure, and expand our economy. I look forward to working with community and business leaders to ensure their voices are heard as we work together to bring economic opportunity to all Angelenos.”

Alex Comisar succeeds Dae Levine as Director of Communications. Comisar, who joined the Garcetti administration in 2015, previously served as Mayor Garcetti’s Deputy Communications Director and Press Secretary, where he helped lead communications around the City’s response to COVID-19 and several of Mayor Garcetti’s core priorities, including confronting the homelessness crisis, reimagining public safety, and securing the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

“Public trust in City government depends on effective communication with Angelenos about the issues that matter most to them, and what we’re doing to improve their lives every day,” said Comisar. “Mayor Garcetti has always been deeply committed to making sure everyone has the chance to participate in the public discussion about building L.A.’s future, and I am honored that he has given me the opportunity to help him lead that everyday dialogue with our constituents. ”