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. He immigrated from South Korea at age 6, and grew up in East Hollywood with his grandmother, parents, and siblings.
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.
As Councilmember, Ryu has led the fight to clean up perceived corruption at City Hall by focusing on transparency and reform. He is the only Councilmember to voluntarily refuse all donations from developers with projects before the City; and has championed campaign finance reforms that would forbid such contributions to any City official.
Ryu lives in the Cahuenga Pass with his wife, Regina Yoon, also of Los Angeles.