Council Member Jim B. Clarke was elected in April 2012 and re-elected in April 2014. He served as Mayor in 2016-2017. Recently, he served as a public policy consultant to Southern California Grantmakers, an association of more than 450 foundations and philanthropists, and to The Annenberg Foundation. Previously, he was Director, Mayor’s Office of Grants and Director of Federal Relations for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chief of Staff to two Los Angeles members of Congress – Representative Diane Watson and Representative Brad Sherman, Executive Director of two non-profit organizations and Managing Associate for the executive search firm of Korn/Ferry International. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Cal State Long Beach and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Jim spent 23 years in active and reserve duty with the U.S. Coast Guard retiring as a Commander. He is also a graduate of the CORO Foundation Public Affairs Fellowship.