Labor Representative Geoffrey Garfield

Geoffrey L. Garfield is a native New Yorker, who graduated from the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School; majored in marketing/journalism at Alabama State University; and was a Fellow of the Graduate School of Political Management (George Washington University).

Mr. Garfield is a veteran consultant/campaign manager, who has overseen well over thirty political campaigns under his watch in major markets the likes of Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, San Jose, and New England.  He is also an expert in government operations, having worked in the New York State Senate, New York City Council, Detroit City Council, and Los Angeles City Council (Chief-of-Staff to Dennis Zine).  Among his more notable and recent successes was his involvement in the stunning upset-victory that garnered Bennett Kayser the LAUSD School Board in 2011.

Geoffrey was the Assistant Deputy Mayor for Pubic Safety in the first term of the Richard J. Riordan administration where he oversaw police, fire, emergency operations, Cultural Affairs, as well as Recreation and Parks.  Mayor Riordan awarded him one of the Angel of the City Medals for his role as first responder to the Emergency Operations Center in the first minutes of the Northridge Earthquake.  He was recognized for his efforts running the Mayor’s Desk for the 15-day response period at the time.

Geoffrey Garfield served as Political Strategist/Communications Director for the Los Angeles Police Protective League handling the Rodney King riots, the OJ Simpson trial, and the Rampart Scandal over an eventful seven year period.  He has since served in similar capacities consulting the Engineers & Architects Association and the Los Angeles Housing Police Association.

He was the Executive Director of the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission that successfully revised the 75-year old city constitution that created Neighborhood Councils, Finance Department, Emergency Management Department, and Area Planning Commissions among many other historic initiatives.

Garfield is also the Producer of the award-winning Showtime/Paramount film “Keep the Faith, Baby” (2002) the story of the legendary Harlem Congressman Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. starring Harry Lennix and Vanessa Williams.  He also managed members of rap group, the Wu-Tang Clan, where he also wrote, produced, and directed numerous music videos as well as toured the nation and Europe.

Departments Represented

  • City Planning
  • Cultural Affairs
  • General Services Department (GSD)
  • Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
  • LA Zoo
  • Library
  • Office of Finance
  • Public Works – Board
  • Public Works – Contract Administration
  • Public Works – Engineering
  • Public Works – Street Lighting
  • Public Works – Street Services

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