ERIC GARCETTI MAYOR
August 4, 2014
Honorable Members of the City Council c/o City Clerk City Hall, Room 395 Honorable Members: Subject to your confirmation, I have appointed Ms. Cielo Castro to the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners for the term ending June 30, 2018. Ms. Castro will fill the vacancy created by Emanuel Pleitez, who has resigned. I certify that in my opinion Ms. Castro is qualified for the work that will devolve upon her, and that I make the appointment solely in the interest of the City. Sincerely,
ERIC GARCETTI Mayor EG:dlg Attachment
BUDGET & FINANCE 200 N. SPRING STREET, ROOM 303 LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 (213) 978-0600 MAYOR.LACITY.ORG
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COMMISSION APPOINTMENT FORM Name: Commission: End of Term:
Cielo Castro Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners 6/30/2018
Appointee Information 1. Race/ethnicity: Latina 2. Gender: Female 3. Council district and neighborhood of residence: 14 - East Los Angeles 4. Are you a registered voter? Yes 5. Prior commission experience: 6. Highest level of education completed: M.P.A., Harvard University 7. Occupation/profession: Special Assistant, Office of Community Planning and Development, US Department of Housing and Urban Development 8. Experience(s) that qualifies person for appointment: See attached resume 9. Purpose of this appointment: Replacement 10. Current composition of the commission — Mayoral appointments (excluding appointee):
Cade, Carl Pleitez, Emanuel RESIGNED
Tapia, Corinne E.
Vega, Belinda M
Cielo V. Castro
EDUCATION Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Master in Public Administration — June 2009 Coursework in: adaptive leadership, behavioral economics, budgeting, non-profit management and benchmarking, social capital andpublic affairs research seminar, urban politics andplanning Boston University, School of Management Bachelor of Science in Business Administration — May 2001 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — Washington, DC Special Assistant — Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) October 2009 — Present Los Angeles Field Office July 2012 — Present ■ Advise the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs and Assistant Secretary of CPD on policy and political matters relating to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), CDBG-Disaster Recovery, HOME Investment Partnerships, and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP); assisting with management of a $50 billion program portfolio and over 1,200 grantees ■ Manage relationships with external stakeholders to effectively influence CPD policy, including National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National Community Development Association, Enterprise Community Partners, PolicyLink and National Council of La Raza ■ Organize and implement strategy for priority initiatives, including: Agency-wide amplification plan for Project Rebuild, part of the American Jobs Act; crisis management in response to oversight of the HOME program; and outreach to mayors regarding American Community Survey adverse impacts on CDBG ■ Engage with Congressional offices and local governments to resolve community development concerns and constituent requests with the HUD Office of Congressional Intergovernmental Affairs ■ Oversaw workflow, resolved problems, and managed projects for Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez; developed briefing materials and provided staff support for meetings, conferences, and trips, for an average 10 meetings per week and 2 trips per month; coordinated national outreach with LGBT, women, and community development organizations; directed Latino stakeholder and press outreach, arranging all relevant meetings and press opportunities in collaboration with the HUD Office of Public Affairs ■ Successfully negotiated the Department's first public private partnership agreement with the National Community Stabilization Trust for the National First Look Program for NSP grantees, and an interagency agreement with SBA for HUD policies on Federal disaster assistance to avoid duplication of benefits ■ In Los Angeles: coordinate HUD response to State of California dissolution of redevelopment agencies; manage 34 NSP local government and non-profit grantees, representing over $500 million in grant funds, to assure effective program delivery and outcomes National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund — Los Angeles, CA Director of Constituency Services October 2006 — July 2008 ■ Led the development, implementation, and evaluation of NALEO's Policy Institutes on Sustainable Communities, Healthy Communities Initiative, and National Education Leadership Initiative ■ Determined vision and strategy for the NALEO Educational Fund's training opportunities for the 5,000 Latino elected and appointed officials across the nation, at the school, city, county and state levels ■ Directed the programmatic components of NALEO Annual Conference, attracting over 1,000 participants ■ Edited and produced all department publications: policy briefs, tool-kits, and membership e-newsletter ■ Established and managed relationships with caucuses of elected officials, including the Big 7, partner organizations, and representatives from the public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors ■ Managed $1.5 million annual budget, one-fourth of the organization's total annual budget, and facilitated programmatic fundraising efforts, generating $875,000 in new revenues over two years ■ Supervised a team of nine, including three Deputy Directors
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Deputy Director of Constituency Services August 2003 — October 2006 ■ Created NALEO Policy Institutes on Sustainable Communities, for municipal and county level officials ■ Managed additional professional development Institutes on various topics including health and education ■ Represented NALEO at other organization's conferences and workshops ■ Produced informational material for use in reports to the NALEO Board of Directors, foundation proposals, e-newsletters and updating the NALEO website ■ Collaboratively worked with NALEO advisory committees, municipal organizations, and policy experts National League of Cities — Washington, DC Program Assistant, Outreach — Institute for Youth, Education, and Families January 2003 — August 2003 ■ Promoted the Institute's work to municipal officials, state municipal leagues, NLC constituency groups, and external organizations through conferences, publications, newsletters, and website information ■ Edited and provided writing support to staff on news articles, working papers, and foundation proposals Staff Assistant — Center for Member Programs July 2001 — December 2002 ■ Coordinated conference planning, including workshop development, identifying diverse speakers, preparing correspondence and assisting on-site with six constituency groups, including the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) and Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) ■ Designed quarterly newsletters for constituency groups and created additional publications including press releases, programs, informational flyers and regular articles for the Nation's Cities Weekly ■ Served as liaison with members, external organizations, and corporate partners ADDITIONAL TRAINING
National Development Council, Washington DC Economic Development Finance course — September 2013 New Market Tax Credits & Housing Development Finance course — December 2010 Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego, CA Leadership Development Program — May 2007 National Hispana Leadership Institute, Washington, DC Executive Fellowship Program, 2007
PRESENTATIONS ■ Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Childhood Obesity Grantee Meeting, Engaging Policymakers to Address Childhood Obesity, November 15, 2007 ■ The Summit on the Built Environment and Children's Health — A New Vision for San Antonio, Designing Communities for Active Living andHealthy Eating, September 7, 2007 ■ New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities Conference, opening plenary, The Next Chapter for Smart Growth: Capacity Building to Institutionalization, February 8, 2007 ■ Advancing Regional Equity: The Second National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice, and Smart Growth, The Leadership Role ofPublic Officials, May 23, 2005 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ■ Las Comadres para Las Americas — Los Angeles Coordinator, 2013 - present ■ Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. Professional Development Advisor 2012-Present; Vice President of Alumnae Affairs, 2006-2007; Chair, Pi Beta Professional/Graduate Chapter, 2001-2003; Member, 2000 — present ■ Organizing for America - Colorado — Latino vote volunteer in Pueblo, November 2012 ■ Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Class of 2009 Reunion Planning Committee Coordinator, 2014; Mid-Career Coordinating Committee Co-Chair, 2009; Women and Public Policy, Oval Office Political Campaign Practicum, 2008-2009; Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Senior Editor for Interviews, 2009; Dean's Ambassador, 2008-2009 ■ Boston University Alumni Club - Alumni Admissions Volunteer, 2001-Present SKILLS Fluent in Spanish, knowledge of French. Extensive public speaking experience. 2 of 2
ERIC GARCETTI MAYOR
August 4, 2014
Ms. Cielo Castro
Dear Ms. Castro: I am pleased to inform you that I hereby appoint you to the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners for the term ending June 30, 2018. In order to complete the process as quickly as possible, there are several steps that must be taken, many of which require visiting City Hall. If you require parking during these procedures, please call Cary Gross in my Office at (213) 978-0621 to make arrangements for you. To begin the appointment process, please review, sign and return the enclosed Remuneration Form, Undated Separation Forms, Background Check Release and Information Sheet within one week of receiving this letter. These documents are necessary to ensuring the most efficient, open and accountable City government possible. Further, Mayor's Office policy requires you to be fingerprinted as part of the background check that is done on all potential Commissioners. To do so, please bring this letter to the Background Unit of Employment Services Division, Personnel Department Building, 700 East Temple Street, Room 235, Los Angeles, California 90012. The division phone number is (213) 473-9343. Fingerprints must be taken within three working days from the receipt of this letter. Under separate cover you will be receiving a packet from the City Ethics Commission containing information about the City's conflict of interest laws and a copy of the State Form 700/Statement of Economic Interests. You are required to complete and return this form within 21 days of your nomination to the City Ethics Commission, 200 North Spring Street, City Hall, 24th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90012. Any inquiries regarding this form should be directed to Shannon Prior at the Ethics Commission at (213) 978-1960.
200 N. SPRING STREET, ROOM 303 LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 (213) 978-0600 MAYOR. LAC ITY. ORG
Ms. Cielo Castro August 4, 2014 Page 2 As part of the City Council confirmation process, you will need to meet with Jose Huizar, your Councilmember, and Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, to answer any questions they may have. You will be hearing from a City Council committee clerk who will let you know when your appointment will be considered by the Budget and Finance Committee. Some time thereafter, you will be notified by the committee clerk when your appointment will be presented to the full City Council for confirmation. Once you are confirmed, you will be required to take the oath of office in the City Clerk's Office in Room 395 of City Hall. Cary Gross will assist you during the confirmation process if you have questions. Commissioners must be residents of the City of Los Angeles. If you move at any point during your term, have any changes in your telephone numbers, or in the future plan to resign (resignation must be put in writing), please contact my office immediately. Congratulations and thank you for agreeing to serve the people of Los Angeles. Sincerely,
ERIC GARCETTI Mayor EG:dlg
Attachment I Ms. Cielo Castro August 4, 2014 Nominee Check List I.
Within three days: Get fingerprinted to complete a background check. No appointment is necessary. Bring the Mayor's letter to: Background Unit of Employment Services Division, Personnel Department Building, 700 East Temple Street, Room 235, Los Angeles, California 90012. Phone: (213) 473-9343.
Within seven days: Mail, fax or email the following forms to: Cary Gross, Office of the Mayor, Office of External Affairs, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or email: [email protected]
Remuneration Form Undated Separation Forms Background Check Release Commissioner Information Sheet/Voluntary Statistics
Within 21 days: File the following forms with the City Ethics Commission. If you are required to file, you will receive these forms via email from that office. Statement of Economic Interest ("Form 700") IMPORTANT: The City Council will not consider your nomination until your completed form is reviewed by the Ethics Commission. CEC Form 60
As soon as possible, the Mayor's Office will schedule a meeting with you and: Your City Councilmember Jose Huizar (contact at (213) 473-7014). Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Chair of the Council Committee considering your nomination (contact at (213) 473-7002). Staff in the Mayor's Office of External Affairs will assist you with these arrangements.