Rob has spent nearly two decades at the forefront of fighting for government accountability and transparency. He has served in key positions in consequential State of California and City of Los Angeles offices, including the Los Angeles City Controller’s Office to the California Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. He now takes that fight to the race for Los Angeles City Controller.
Rob is no stranger to the transformative ability of the Controller’s office. He served as Deputy Controller for Laura Chick. He was pivotal in providing transparency and accountability by engaging both the press and the public in demanding action from the City for the audits Controller Chick released. Laura and Rob released reports on contracting practices at the LADWP, Airport and Port, leading to federal investigations; a culture of harassment and discrimination at LAFD; the massive rape kit test backlog at the LAPD; the cost and abuse of City employee take-home vehicles; and a comprehensive strategy on gang and youth development programs. Rob knows how to maximize the Controller’s ability to effect change.
When the Governor appointed Laura in 2009 to serve as Inspector General for the Obama-era Recovery Act spending, she brought Rob with her to serve as Chief Deputy Inspector General.
In 2011 Rob became the Communications Director for the first Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Rob was instrumental in alerting Californians to the Commission’s process of drawing Congressional and Legislative districts, which included staging over 50 public hearings up and down California.
In 2012 Rob became the Deputy Director of Communications for the California High Speed Rail Authority before returning in May 2013 to his hometown—Los Angeles.
When Mike Feuer was elected City Attorney, Rob was tapped to join Mike’s Executive Team. What ensued is an eight year partnership which continues to this day as Rob serves as the City Attorney’s Director of Community Engagement and Outreach. During this time, Rob has reached out to communities across Los Angeles – facilitating dozens of town halls, staging press conferences, and supporting the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program and the many initiatives and programs to empower neighborhoods and our most vulnerable Angelenos. Rob is proud to be on the first Board of Directors of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s LGBT Employees Association.
Rob was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and presently resides in Downtown Los Angeles. He loves to sing, though, admittedly, he’s not so good at it.