For Immediate Release - November 18, 2020

GEORGE GASC脫N ANNOUNCES TRANSITION TEAM


Nov 19, 2020

LOS ANGELES 鈥撀Today, District Attorney-elect George Gasc贸n announced his transition team.聽 Mr. Gasc贸n recruited a diverse group of community members, practitioners and subject matter experts. Where possible his goal was to ensure individuals with lived-experience were helping inform the policies, procedures, and future of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“I was elected by the people and this community will have a seat at the table as we work to modernize our criminal justice system,” said Los Angeles County District Attorney-elect George Gasc贸n.聽 “Those that have been directly impacted by the work of this office have unique insights that are integral to an effective administration. If we had all the answers victims would feel restored and we wouldn’t have astronomic rates of recidivism. Instead, our profession has largely missed the opportunity to learn from those that are justice-involved. We need to listen, grow, and take this opportunity to be better.”

Most teams have additional members beyond those named below with lived-experience聽and technical expertise providing contributions and recommendations.聽 Several additional efforts are being led by teams of experts covering everything from data to Brady policy, misdemeanor charging, prosecutorial ethics, and more.

Transition Steering Committee 鈥 Cristine DeBerry / Jamarah Hayner / Joseph Iniguez / Max Szabo

Bail 鈥 Dolores Canales / Robin Steinberg

Conviction Review 鈥撀Franky Carrillo聽/ Paula Mitchell

Death Penalty 鈥 Stefanie Faucher聽/ Sean Kennedy / Natasha Minsker

Diversion, Reentry & Behavioral Health 鈥 Judge Songhai Armstead (Ret.)聽/聽Eunisses Hernandez

Enhancements, Three Strikes & Charging 鈥 Michael Romano

Environmental Justice 鈥撀犅Michael Kadish / Angelo Logan /聽Mary Nemick聽/ Aura Vasquez

Immigration 鈥 Maritza Agundez / Rose Cahn

Juvenile 鈥Frankie Guzman聽/ Michael Mendoza /聽Maureen Pacheco聽/聽Patricia Soung

Law Enforcement Accountability 鈥 Erwin Chemerinsky /聽Je Yon Jung

Law Enforcement Relations 鈥 Kevin Jablonski聽/聽Rebecca Neusteter聽/聽Jacqueline Seabrooks

Resentencing 鈥撀Hillary Blout聽/聽Kate Chatfield聽/聽Christopher Hawthorne聽/聽Jennifer Hansen聽/聽Paula Mitchell 聽/ Michael Romano

Trauma Informed Approach to Victims 鈥撀Ivette Al茅聽/聽LaNaisha Edwards聽/聽Gena Castro-Rodriguez聽/聽Bamby Salcedo

George Gasc贸n will be sworn in as the 43rd District Attorney of Los Angeles County on December 7, 2020.

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George Gasc贸n聽is the District Attorney-elect for Los Angeles County. His historic campaign was endorsed by the Democratic Party, the LA Times and the LA Daily News, Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth聽Warren, Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors,聽labor leader and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, and former Chief of the LAPD Charlie Beck.聽 Click here for a full list of his supporters.

Mr. Gasc贸n grew up in Los Angeles after his family immigrated from Cuba. An army veteran, Gasc贸n served as a Los Angeles Police Department Officer聽for聽30 years, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief of Operations. In 2006 he became Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona, where he stood up to the hateful and anti-immigrant policies of then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2009, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Gasc贸n Chief of Police. Newsom turned to Gasc贸n again in 2011 when he tapped him to be District Attorney to fill the seat vacated by an outgoing Kamala Harris who had been elected Attorney General. During his tenure Gasc贸n implemented reforms that are being duplicated across the country while overseeing violent crime and homicides drop to rates not seen in 50 years. After being elected to two terms, Gasc贸n returned to Los Angeles to care聽for聽his elderly mother and to be closer to his two daughters and grandchildren in Long Beach. Gasc贸n is married to聽Fabiola聽Kramsky, a three-time Emmy Award winning journalist and recipient of the 鈥淧remio Nacional de Periodismo,鈥 the highest recognition given to journalists in Mexico.