LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today nominated Vahid Khorsand, the current Deputy Director of Planning and Land Use for Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, to the Board of Public Works.
“Vahid has dedicated his life to lifting up communities and making sure City government opens doors of opportunity for our residents – and that makes him the ideal leader to help us deliver the core services that make our neighborhoods work,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “His proven leadership skills and breadth of experience working with communities across Los Angeles give me confidence that he is well equipped to make sure City Hall is working efficiently and helping to improve Angelenos’ quality of life."
Throughout his career, Vahid has been active in networks that advocate for increased community investment, especially for underserved and low-income populations. Vahid was born in Tehran, came to Los Angeles at the age of 4, and was raised in Porter Ranch and Granada Hills. After graduating from California State Long Beach and receiving his MBA degree from Pepperdine University, Vahid worked alongside his brother at BWS Financial Incorporated, a boutique equities research firm focused on giving back to local neighborhoods and senior citizens.
Vahid also served as the West Valley Area Representative for Mayor Garcetti from 2020 to 2021, where he helped bring mobile vaccine clinics, resources for small businesses, and facilitate the donation and dissemination of PPE to community-based organizations in the West Valley.
“It’s an honor of a lifetime to be entrusted by Mayor Garcetti and the City Council to serve my city of Los Angeles on the Board of Public Works,” said Vahid. “I look forward to getting to work with my fellow Angelenos and digging in on important public infrastructure projects through the city.”
The City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works (BPW) is the five-member executive team responsible for the administration of the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, overseeing and managing more than 5,000 employees within the Department's five bureaus: Bureau of Contract Administration, Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Sanitation, Bureau of Street Lighting, and the Bureau of Street Services.
Public Works is responsible for design, construction, renovation, and operation of public projects ranging from bridges to wastewater treatment plants and libraries; curbside collection and graffiti removal; and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, sewers, streetlights, and street trees.