Antonio Villaraigosa is a respected voice in American politics and a prominent policymaker with a keen understanding of America’s mainstream and emerging communities. In 2013, Antonio finished his two terms as 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, after eight years of major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right-sizing government, business development, and education reform.
Prior to his election as Mayor, Antonio served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 through 2000, he served in the California State Assembly as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader, and Speaker of the Assembly. He was a member of President Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board and was the 2012 Chairman of the Democratic National Convention.
Antonio has also served in academia, as a Fellow at Harvard University and a Professor of public policy at the University of Southern California. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Antonio works in the private sector as a senior advisor with Banc of California, amongst others, and serves on the McGraw Hill Global Education Board of Directors. He also currently serves as Board Chair of The Change Company. Mr. Villaraigosa is a Partner and Co-Chair at Actum LLC, a global consultancy firm, where he focuses on strategic and crisis communication consulting to senior executives in large public- and private-sector organizations.
In August 2022, Mr. Villaraigosa was named by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as an Infrastructure Advisor to the State of California, working with local, state, and federal leaders to identify priority projects and maximize access to federal funding across all regions of the state.