LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today named Suzi Emmerling as his new Director of Communications.
Emmerling comes to the Garcetti Administration with a wide range of experience in campaigns, progressive causes, and in the federal government. Emmerling served most recently as an appointee of President Barack Obama as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation, after serving for two years as Director of Public Affairs and advisor to Secretary Anthony Foxx.
“Suzi is a proven leader with experience and skills that will be tremendous assets to my administration,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I look forward to working with her to advance my agenda for a city that makes a difference in the lives of Angelenos. I am proud to welcome her back to L.A. and onto my team.”
Prior to her time at USDOT, Emmerling worked as a regional press secretary on the 2012 Obama for America campaign and as press secretary for the Host Committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She has also worked to advance progressive policies at the local, state and federal levels during her time on the press team at the Center for American Progress and, here in Los Angeles.
Emmerling holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Political Science from UCLA, and a Certificate in Political Science from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques at the Université de Bordeaux, France.
Emmerling starts her new position effective today. She succeeds Naomi Seligman, who left the Garcetti Administration in September and is now working on strategic communications and social impact advocacy in the private sector.