Carmen Chang appointed new GM of Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Carmen to Lead Neighborhoods

Carmen Chang

Carmen Chang, formerly the Director of Programs and Organizing at Golden State Opportunity, a statewide anti-poverty organization, has been confirmed as the new General Manager of the Neighborhood Empowerment Dept. by the City Council May 8. Mayor Karen Bass had selected Carmen for the position in April.

Interim General Manager Vanessa Serrano had led the department since November, during the transition.

“I am honored to be appointed by Mayor Bass and confirmed by the City Council,” Carmen said. “I look forward to carrying out Mayor Bass’ vision for a neighborhood council system that is inclusive and representative of the many cultures and the diversity of Los Angeles.

“My first priority will be to listen to the Neighborhood Councils, to build relationships with each of them, and to engage and learn from department staff to develop a plan to increase community engagement in every corner of the City. Solving our greatest challenges and improving our communities must always begin with hearing the voices of community members. That is what we will do together.”

“Carmen is an organizer who brings decades of experience earning wins for working people, for California immigrants, and centering the voices of the people in advocacy for more economic opportunities,” Mayor Bass said in a statement. “Her proven commitment to transparency, trust building and coalition building will help the Department deliver on the Charter’s promise for neighborhood representation and begin a transformation that ensures that Angelenos are driving decision-making within their communities.”

Carmen Chang is expected to begin as General Manager of Neighborhood Empowerment June 3.

Welcome to the City, Carmen! And thank you for all you have done for the citizens of California.