Two top staff for Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD 8) have been promoted to higher executive positions.
Solomon Rivera, who served eight years as Harris-Dawson’s chief of staff, was appointed deputy chief of staff for the administration of L.A. Mayor Karen Bass, effective May 30. Joanne Kim, previously senior advisor to Harris-Dawson, has been named chief of staff at Council District 8.
According to the councilmember, “Solomon Rivera taking on this new role signifies the recognition of his hard work and expertise. This opportunity marks another juncture in his career where he can make meaningful contributions that will have a profound impact on the people of Los Angeles.”
Regarding Kim, Harris-Dawson said, “I’m excited to welcome Joanne into this new role on the CD8 team. Her effectiveness, talent, values, and deep understanding of the many communities in our district are widely known, and she is well prepared to excel on behalf of the residents of South L.A.”
Rivera has 31 years of experience in politics and the non-profit social justice arena. In addition to his extensive advocacy skills, observers note that “he brings a comprehensive knowledge of how City departments, labor, and philanthropic organizations can collaborate effectively to serve the people and families of Los Angeles.”
“I will truly miss the camaraderie and support of my colleagues. The dedication and passion they bring to the work is inspiring. I’m proud of our work to pass Proposition HHH to begin the serious work of building houses for Angelenos,” remarked Rivera.
“I am confident that we will continue to support each other as we strive to create a more equitable and inclusive Los Angeles.”
Kim, previously chief operating officer at Community Coalition, recently served as organizing director for Bass’ mayoral campaign. As senior advisor, she aided Harris-Dawson is setting strategic priorities for economic development, housing, and large infrastructure projects.
“I am honored to serve in this capacity,” Kim said. “The Councilmember’s mission is nothing less than to take bold, swift measures to rectify a half-century of economic neglect and disinvestment in South LA. We will do this the way that we always have – working through multiracial coalitions across the City who also believe in equity and the power of everyday people to achieve it.”
Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics and a Master’s degree in public health at UCLA. She also holds a certificate in Executive Non-Profit Leadership from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.