Ann Sewell Is New GM

Local housing expert hired in July, replacing City vet Rushmore Cervantes.

Ann Sewill, General Manager, Housing and Community Investment.

Ann Sewill is the new General Manager of Housing and Community Investment. She was hired in July; previous GM Rushmore Cervantes, Club Member, who had held several top jobs with the City over several decades, resigned the Housing position at the end of March.

As GM, Ann Sewill plans and directs all activities and operations that develop and preserve decent, safe and affordable housing, neighborhood investment and social services. She brings 30 years of experience in local housing and community development work to this role.

Immediately prior to joining the HCIDLA, she served as Vice President at the California Community Foundation for 14 years, overseeing the health and housing portfolio. Her work included grant making, lending, public policy and advocacy portfolios, supporting the development of affordable housing to stabilize communities and end homelessness, and to address root causes affecting the health of Angelenos.

She serves on the boards of the California Community Reinvestment Corporation and of Mercy Housing California and chairs the Southern California Leadership Council of Enterprise Community Partners. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the UC Davis and a Master of arts degree in urban planning from UCLA.

Welcome to the City, Ann.

Rushmore Cervantes, veteran City employee, was interviewed by Club CEO John Hawkins for Alive! in 2006.

Rushmore Cervantes, who worked with Housing for more than 10 years, resigned in a statement in March. He called his time at Housing as “a privilege to work with a pool of talented public servants during challenging times.”

He had held a number of important City positions, including the General Manager of El Pueblo Historical Monument (Olvera Street). Alive! interviewed him in that role in 2006.

Assistant City Administrative Officer Yolanda Chavez served as the Acting General Manager of the department while a national search was conducted.