LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced his appointment of George Kivork to serve as Press Secretary for his administration, replacing outgoing spokesperson Connie Llanos.
Kivork has served for the past three years as the Mayor's chief advocate in Washington, D.C., where he managed federal affairs for the City of Los Angeles. Kivork will now work alongside current Press Secretary Carl Marziali to communicate Mayor Garcetti’s agenda for a more prosperous, safe, livable, and well-run city.
"George has been a very effective advocate for L.A.’s goals in Washington,” said Mayor Garcetti. “His understanding of complex federal matters and citywide issues makes him an extraordinary asset to my administration, and I look forward to him joining my team at City Hall.”
During his tenure in the nation’s capital, Kivork helped secure Congressional legislation to revitalize the L.A. River, expand housing and services at the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center, support L.A.'s bid to host the 2024 Olympics, and fund construction of Metro transit lines. As the City's chief liaison in Washington, Kivork also communicated daily with the White House, Congress, and federal agencies to address the City’s needs on issues ranging from criminal justice and housing to immigration, labor, and sustainability.
"It has been an honor to serve as the voice for L.A. in D.C., and I'm excited to return home as Press Secretary for Mayor Garcetti," Kivork said. "I am eager to communicate the Mayor’s work to make Los Angeles a safe, unified, and prosperous city that is a model for the nation."
Kivork brings a unique wealth of experience in media, politics, and law to his new post. He helped lead rapid media response efforts at the National Security Network from 2005 to 2007, and managed media and voter outreach to American-Muslim, and Arab as well as Central and Eastern European American communities for the presidential campaigns of Gen. Wesley Clark and John Kerry. Kivork was on the transition team of Antonio Villaraigosa when he was first elected Mayor in 2005, and has also served as counsel to the Assistant Secretary of the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and practiced law at O'Melveny & Myers in Century City.
Connie Llanos, who has served as Press Secretary to Mayor Garcetti since July 2015, is stepping down from her post at the end of the year. Llanos is joining Airbnb, where she will serve as Southern California Deputy Manager.
"Connie’s tenacity and strong commitment to transparency and clarity have been great assets to my communications team,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We will miss her dedication to sharing this administration’s policies and priorities, and I wish her continued success.”
“Mayor Garcetti is spearheading progressive change to ensure Los Angeles remains a place of opportunity for all — from championing investments to better serve homeless Angelenos, immigrants and our young people, to leading America’s largest local infrastructure investment effort,” Llanos said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of this incredible team."
Kivork starts his new position on January 3.