Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti


Mayor Garcetti announces senior staff changes

Team will include Andre Herndon and Mary Hodge as Deputy Chiefs of Staff and Breelyn Pete as Deputy Mayor of Legislative and External Affairs

LOS ANGELES –– Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced changes at the highest levels of his administration, elevating a number of experienced aides to senior posts.

“Angelenos are fortunate to have such a diverse, dedicated, and determined collection of public servants who wake up every day asking what they can do to make a difference,” said Mayor Garcetti. “These women and men are extraordinary leaders, and I look forward to working with them to build an even more just, equitable, and welcoming city.”

A wide range of longtime members of the Mayor’s team will take on new roles and responsibilities, effective immediately –– with everyone continuing to report to Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero.

Andre Herndon will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff, managing policy development and implementation. Previously, Andre served as the Mayor’s Senior Communications Advisor. He will work closely with Matt Szabo, who will continue in his role as Deputy Chief of Staff as well.

Mary Hodge will also serve as Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing our operations, scheduling, and field teams along with all local, state, and federal affairs. Prior to this job, Mary worked as the Mayor’s Chief of Operations. 

Breelyn Pete will serve as Deputy Mayor of Legislative and External Affairs, assisting the Mayor with City Council, County, and regional leaders, and with his ongoing advocacy in Sacramento and Washington D.C. As part of this shift, the State and Federal Affairs office –– previously led by Breelyn –– will merge with the Legislative and External Affairs office. 

Now confirmed by the City Council, Greg Good will leave his post as Chief of Legislative and External Affairs to bring his wealth of knowledge and record of leadership to the Board of Public Works (BPW). From the earliest days of the Garcetti Administration, Greg has worked closely with City Council offices and led the Mayor’s engagement with Neighborhood Councils and community groups. Outgoing President of BPW, Kevin James, will join the Mayor’s staff as Chief of Legislative Affairs.

All of these announcements come on the heels of last Friday’s announcement that Brenda Shockley will serve as the city’s first Chief Equity Officer, bringing her lifetime of experience fighting for racial justice to the center of our work at City Hall, while remaining in her post as Deputy Mayor for Economic Opportunity.