Councilmember David Ryu represents the 4th District of the City of Los Angeles, which includes parts of central LA, the Hollywood Hills, and the San Fernando Valley.
Ryu immigrated from South Korea at age 6, and grew up in East Hollywood with his grandmother, parents, and siblings. Ryu is a proud graduate of UCLA and LAUSD schools, and he studied Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers while completing a graduate internship at the United Nations.
First elected in an historic upset in 2015, Ryu is the first Korean American on the LA City Council and only the second Asian American in the City’s history. Ryu ran on a platform of restoring trust in government by bringing a fresh perspective to city hall, and prioritizing community engagement to improve the lives of the 4th district.
As Councilmember, Ryu has focused on transparency and reform by championing campaign finance reform and leading by example, by refusing donations from developers who have projects before the City. Ryu created a “discretionary fund task force” of citizens to review spending requests and posts all discretionary fund spending online.
Ryu has expanded parks and open space in Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon Park, and Laurel Canyon, and brought 7 day-a-week shuttle service from the Metro Red Line the Griffith Observatory, a critical public transportation option to one of the City’s most visited icons.
Ryu is working to expand opportunities for a brighter future for all Angelenos, by creating a program for Child Savings Accounts that will increase graduation and college enrollment rates, and by introducing legislation for parental leave, supporting new parents with up to 18 weeks paid leave.
Since taking office, Ryu has worked to create and fund 297 new emergency, bridge, supportive, and affordable housing units currently under construction in Council District 4, with even more in the pipeline.
And Ryu has delivered results for the neighborhoods he represents: passing tour bus legislation banning loudspeakers and limiting routes, enacting stricter penalties and enforcement for unruly party houses, adding additional enforcement officers in the neighborhoods near the Hollywood Sign, updating planning and zoning codes to better protect critical hillside and residential neighborhoods, and bringing infrastructure improvements like concrete street replacement and new traffic signals and crosswalks.
Prior to running for office, Ryu worked for the second largest mental health provider in LA County, Kedren Community Health Center, and was a member of his local neighborhood council. Ryu previously served as a social services deputy for Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke working on issues like mental health, children and family services, transportation, and senior issues. Ryu currently lives in the Cahuenga Pass with his wife, Regina.