On Tuesday, CD4 Council Member David Ryu’s office announced the departure of Chief of Staff Sarah Dusseault, who has worked with the council member since his inauguration in July 2015. Dusseault, a long-time public servant for the City and County of Los Angeles, served under former Mayor James Hahn and then-Council President Eric Garcetti is leaving to spend more time with her family and pursue her volunteer committments at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA,) where she was recently elected Vice Chair and is likely to serve as Chair, explained Ryu’s spokesperson Estevan Montemayor.
“Sarah Dusseault is a true leader, passionate advocate, and force in local politics like no other,” Council Member Ryu said in a press release. “I would not be where I am today without Sarah. Her guidance and experience in City Hall shaped this office and got things done for the people of Council District Four. I will miss her leadership in this office, and she will remain a close confidant, advisor and friend.”
“I am just so sad to see someone so smart, so experienced and so forward-thinking and lovely to work with leave,” Hancock Park Association President Cindy Chvatal-Keane told the Buzz. “I think she is going to be sorely missed.”
Dusseault will be greatly missed by the staff she helped put in place, according to Montemayor, who shared that sentiment with the Buzz, explaining that he owed Dusseault a great deal for giving him the opportunity to work in City Hall for Council Member Ryu.
In her time serving Councilmember Ryu and Council District Four, Dusseault not only built the staff in Councilmember Ryu’s office and effectuated his major policy goals, but also led the way on important initiatives, like the LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus, and Women’s Bridge Housing on North Gardner Street, both underway. Dusseault also oversaw significant improvements and expansions of Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon Park and Pan Pacific Park, and many other policy, planning and district-wide goals, such as campaign finance reform and neighborhood infrastructure improvements, according to Ryu’s statement.
“When I started just a week before Councilmember Ryu first assumed office, my goal was to build a strong, diverse and supportive team dedicated to the values David and I share – community engagement, transparency, and restoring trust in local government. Having achieved this and many other policy goals, it’s time for me to move forward and pass the torch to the outstanding team serving Council District Four,” Dusseault said in a press release.
“Thank you David for the opportunity and honor to serve the great people of Council District Four,” Dusseault added.
Dusseault will be leaving her position as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Ryu on September 28. Her replacement will be announced by the end of the week.