Ron Galperin

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Ron Galperin
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20th City Controller of Los Angeles
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
MayorEric Garcetti
Preceded byWendy Greuel
Personal details
Ron Shalom Galperin[1]

August 1, 1963 (1963-08) (age 56)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Zach Shapiro
Alma materWashington University in St. Louis
Loyola Law School

Ron Shalom Galperin (born August 1, 1963) is an American politician and Los Angeles City Controller. He took office on July 1, 2013 and won re-election in 2017. Galperin is a member of the Democratic Party and the first openly gay official to be elected to citywide office in Los Angeles.


Galperin received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his law degree (J.D.).[2] from Loyola Law School. He was admitted to the State Bar of California on December 12, 1994.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Prior to his election to the City Controller of Los Angeles, Galperin practiced law as both a transactional and litigation attorney for more than 20 years. Galperin has long promoted cutting waste and developing programs to help businesses create jobs.

Neighborhood Council[edit]

Galperin built a reputation as a leading voice for government reform long before his tenure as Controller, he is the first Neighborhood Council member elected to citywide office in Los Angeles. As an officer of his local Neighborhood Council, he advocated for quality of life improvements and more responsible neighborhood planning, he also developed and taught "L.A. City Government 101" to new neighborhood council members throughout the city and served as a Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate.

Commission on Revenue Efficiency[edit]

As Chairman of the Los Angeles Commission on Revenue Efficiency, Galperin found new revenue sources and budget savings, both of which could be used to deliver more services to residents, he also served as President of the City's Quality & Productivity Commission.

Los Angeles City Controller[edit]

Galperin was sworn in as the 19th Los Angeles City Controller on July 1, 2013. Galperin oversees a team responsible for conducting independent audits of City departments, managing payroll for 44,000 City employees, disbursing payments to outside vendors, and preparing annual comprehensive reports on the City's finances and revenue streams.

Open Data[edit]

Galperin launched ControlPanel LA,[3] the City's first open data portal, in October 2013, it features more than 70 million rows of data and hundreds of datasets and visualizations—including the City's checkbook, details on the goods and services the City buys, assets and liabilities, employee compensation performance data and much more. Because of these efforts, L.A. has been named the No. 1 Digital City three years in a row by the U.S. Open Data Census.[4] Government Technology Magazine named Controller Galperin to its list of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2015.[5]


One of the Controller's priorities is to make the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power more transparent, efficient and responsive to ratepayers, he created UtilityPanel.LA,[6] a data portal featuring key financial data about DWP spending and payroll. In April, 2015, the Controller's office conducted audits of the Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute, which shed light on two trusts administered by the management of the DWP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. Other audits of DWP operations are currently in progress. Next year the Controller will release an Industrial, Economic and Administrative Survey of the DWP, a report that will place specific emphasis on infrastructure and creation of performance dashboards.


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  2. ^ a b "Ron Shalom Galperin - #174373". Attorney Search; the State Bar of California.
  3. ^ ControlPanel.LA
  4. ^ Shueh, Jason (May 26, 2014). "Los Angeles Tops U.S. City Open Data Census".
  5. ^ Knell, Noelle (March 24, 2014). "TOP 25 DOERS, DREAMERS & DRIVERS OF 2015". Fellow 2015 honoree, Controller Ron Galperin, made major contributions to the city's transparency efforts too, with his launch of the Control Panel L.A. portal, which features user-friendly dashboards on all things financial. Other efforts championed by Galperin include the Civic Innovation Lab, an engagement effort aimed at using city data to solve city problems, and the Civic Innovation fellowship, which pairs enterprise city staff for short-term projects.
  6. ^ UtilityPanel.LA

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wendy Greuel
Los Angeles City Controller
Succeeded by