Mitchell Englander serves as Councilmember representing the 12th district of Los Angeles. He was first elected in 2011. In 2013, he was selected by his peers on City Council to serve as Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore.
Englander began his professional career as a Public Relations specialist providing consultation for political and advocacy campaigns on local, regional, and national issues eventually founding his own government and crisis communications company.
Additionally, Englander has served on the boards of and advised multiple non-profit and charitable organizations throughout his career focusing on issues of healthcare and at-risk youth. In 1997, he helped create the American Diabetes Association Los Angeles Political Roast. The annual event has continued for 21 years bringing together political leaders from across Los Angeles to raise money for diabetes treatment, prevention, and awareness. The event has raised over $6 million since its founding.
Englander serves as an LAPD Reserve Officer with the Fugitive Warrants division and has also worked Patrol, Vice, and Gangs & Narcotics.
As Councilmember, Englander serves as chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee which oversees the activities and operations of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Homeland Security, Counterterrorism, and LA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response. In that capacity he led the effort to implement Fire STAT which uses data and predictive methods to reduce emergency response time for firefighters. He has also piloted and expanded the use of Nurse Practitioner units to conserve life-saving medical response resources. Under Englander’s committee leadership LAPD became the largest police department in the country to fully adopt the use of on-body cameras by LAPD’s officers increasing transparency and trust between law enforcement and the communities they protect.
Councilmember Englander also serves as Vice Chair on the Council’s Budget & Finance committee managing over $8 billion annually and on the Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee, the Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, the Ad Hoc Jobs Committee, the Executive Employee Relations Committee, and Local Area Formation Committee. He also represents the City of Los Angeles as a member of the Independent Cities Association, California Contract Cities Association, and the National League of Cities.
Mitchell Englander was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He has raised two daughters and lives with his wife, Jayne, in Granada Hills.