Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin – Week 8: 30-in-30 Honoree

Join us as we honor Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin as one of Southern California Leadership Network’s 30-in-30, a campaign to celebrate SCLN’s 30th anniversary by honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017.

Controller Ron Galperin, a graduate of Leadership Southern California ’07, currently serves as Controller of the City of Los Angeles – working as the watchdog for L.A.’s taxpayers.  As controller, Galperin launched ControlPanel.LA, the city’s first open data portal – featuring the city’s checkbook, details on the goods and services the city buys, assets and liabilities, employee compensation, operating indicators and much more. Because of these efforts, L.A. was named the No. 1 digital city according to the U.S. City Open Data Census.

SCLN advances the region and state by inspiring, preparing and connecting leaders of all demographics to drive change. Controller Galperin is being recognized in the month of June to align with LGBT Heritage Month, a month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, civil rights and advocacy. He lives in West Los Angeles with his husband, Rabbi Zachary Shapiro.

Continue reading below to learn Controller Galperin’s insights on leadership.

“Leadership” By Controller Ron Galperin

To me, leadership begins with caring for and about our neighbors, our community, our city, our state, our country and our planet.

I believe that there is a leader in each of us. Everyone has a unique set of talents and abilities. Leadership is about putting those to use, in collaboration with other people.

I still remember well the year that I participated in the Southern California Leadership Network fellowship, meeting many incredible leaders, being inspired by their work, developing skills and making connections, all of which continue to be great assets to me each day in my current role as Los Angeles City Controller. As Controller, it’s my job to be the watchdog of the people’s money and to make L.A. more innovative, efficient and welcoming.

I value the opportunity to be involved in a huge variety of issues, from housing to policing, and to make a positive impact in my community. I’ve had to use my skills as a leader and a collaborator to advocate for new ways of doing things, even when it means going up against bureaucracies and established ways of doing things that stifle innovation and creativity.

I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity to do my part to make Los Angeles a better city for everybody. Thank you, Southern California Leadership Network, for all that you do.