Ron Galperin is known for taking on challenges and finding new and creative solutions. Los Angeles voters elected Galperin in 2013, and again in 2017, as Controller, Chief Financial Officer and independent watchdog for our nation’s second biggest city. He is experienced in bringing leadership, innovation, measurable results and management to complex budgets, organizations and initiatives.
A Leader in Innovation
Galperin revolutionized how Los Angeles works with data, technology, audits, reports, maps and more – to better meet people’s needs. He created L.A.’s first open data portal: Control Panel LA., detailing every dollar spent on goods and services, City employee salaries, and measuring results and equity. Because of his nationally recognized efforts, L.A. was named “No. 1 Digital City” by the U.S. City Open Data Census three years in a row. Government Technology Magazine put Galperin on its list of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.” In 2020, he created a comprehensive COVID-19 resource hub for the L.A. area to track testing, vaccination equity and spending and provide resources for individuals, families and businesses in need. Galperin also pioneered use of data to promote greater social, economic and educational equity – launching the first ever L.A. Equity Index.
Galperin and his office have worked to meet the serious issues of our time, including how to better address homelessness and affordable housing, protect our environment, improve public safety, more efficiently manage government budgets and pension funds, maintain and upgrade infrastructure, strengthen social services and bolster arts funding. His work has also tackled oversight and management of airport and port operations, public parks, emergency services, illegal dumping, City-owned properties and much more.
Prior to serving in elected office, Galperin built a reputation as a leading voice for innovation in government and in the nonprofit sector. He led several L.A. City and County commissions and has served on the boards of various community and non-profit organizations.
Galperin has extensive experience as both an attorney and small business owner, earning his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a certification from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The son of immigrant parents, he and his husband, Rabbi Zachary Shapiro, are the proud parents of young twins – Maya and Eli.