Jan C. Perry (born 1955) is an American municipal politician.

Jan Perry
Jan Perry 2006.jpg
Perry in 2006
Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 9th district.
In office
July 1, 2001 – July 1, 2013
Preceded byRita Walters
Succeeded byCurren Price, Jr.
Personal details
Born1955 (age 64–65)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Southern California


She was a member of the 9th district of the Los Angeles City Council from 2001 to 2013 and was President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council.[2] She is a member of the Democratic Party. She was a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2013.

Perry was elected to office in 2001 to succeed Councilwoman Rita Walters, for whom she had served as Chief of Staff. Perry was re-elected in 2005 and 2009, and left office in 2013.

Perry helped enact restrictions on fast food restaurants in her district. As part of a larger campaign to combat high obesity rates, she has also funded public parks to promote outdoor activity and supported incentives to encourage more grocery stores to open within her district.[3]

Jan Perry was the General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) of the City of Los Angeles. Initially appointed as Interim General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) in July, 2013 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. She was named General Manager in November, 2013.[4] She stepped down at the end of 2018.[5]

Jan Perry WetlandsEdit

A 9-acre underutilized bus maintenance yard was developed into a South Los Angeles storm water wetlands and community park.[6]

The Los Angeles City Council voted to rename the park "The Jan Perry Wetlands" for her work with the project.[7]

The project includes storm water pre-treatment, storm water treatment wetlands of approximately 4 acres, open park space, and a parking lot sloped to drain into the wetlands. The project also provides for wildlife viewing, and educational opportunities. The project was completed in December, 2011.[8]

The project is funded by Los Angeles Proposition "O", 2004 Bond Measure, State and local grant money and funds from the EPA and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority were also used.[9]

Early lifeEdit

Perry is a convert to Judaism. She converted in the 1980s.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ JewishJournal 2001
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2013-01-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ McBride, Sarah (July 22, 2008). "Exiling the Happy Meal: Los Angeles Lawmakers Want to Escalate The War on Obesity (And Fast Food)". The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ Perry, Jan. "About Us". Official website Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  5. ^ Mayor Garcetti announces that Jan Perry, General Manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department (2018-10-19). "Mayor Garcetti announces that Jan Perry, General Manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department, is stepping down". Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  6. ^ Hagekhalil, Adel. "Adel Hagekhalil on Significance of South LA's Wetlands Park". The Planning Report February 26, 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  7. ^ Vaillancourt, Ryan. "The End of the Era of Jan". www.downtownnews.com.
  8. ^ Linthicum, Kate. "Reclaimed bus yard begins life as urban wetland" (February 10, 2012). Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Official website of Proposition O Info & Outreach". www.lapropo.org.
  10. ^ The Jewish Journal: "Jan Perry’s quest: Spirituality, pursuit of L.A.‘s well-being" By Bill Boyarsky July 25, 2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rita Walters
Los Angeles City Councilmember,
9th district

July 1, 2001 – July 1, 2013
Succeeded by
Curren Price, Jr.