Mayor Garcetti names Breelyn Pete as Chief of State and Federal Affairs

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Breelyn Pete as his administration’s Chief of State and Federal Affairs.

Pete, a native of Los Angeles, will oversee efforts to advance the Mayor’s state and federal legislative priorities.

Breelyn Pete“Moving Los Angeles forward is about working together, and that means creating and maintaining strong relationships with our state and federal partners,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Breelyn brings a unique wealth of experience in the executive, legislative, and federal branches of government and a deep understanding of the important issues our city and our country face. I am confident that her forward-thinking leadership will be an asset to my team.”

Before joining the administration, Pete served as Senior Advisor and Director of External Affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration in the Obama administration — where she led the agency’s outreach to external stakeholders, congressional and intergovernmental offices, and media.

“I am grateful to Mayor Garcetti for the opportunity to lead his state and national legislative agenda as we tackle the critical challenges facing our city and country,” said Pete. “It’s a tremendous honor to come back to my hometown, and join this administration at such a special time in the City’s history.”

Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Pete served as Communications Director for then-U.S. Representative Janice Hahn (D-CA), where she developed messaging strategies to advance legislative priorities relating to transportation, economic development, and small businesses. Her wide-ranging public affairs experience includes working as Managing Director of Communications with the public affairs firm Ian Reid LLC, Vice President with the Chicago Children’s Museum, and Communications Director for former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.