Three staffers added in the Mayor’s Office

Story courtesy Mayor’s Office

Three employees were added recently to leadership in the the Mayor’s Office. They are:

Joey Freeman

Joey Freeman, Deputy Mayor of Intergovernmental Affairs

Joey Freeman currently serves as Director of Policy and Budget Initiatives for the Mayor’s transition, where he has focused on developing the Mayor’s budget proposal. He will now serve as Deputy Mayor of Intergovernmental Affairs with responsibility for advancing the Mayor’s agenda at the county, regional, state and federal levels of government.

Most recently, Freeman served as Sr. Adviser and Policy Director on the Bass for Mayor campaign. Prior, he worked as the Chief Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary for Gov. Gavin Newsom, where he served as senior staff to the Governor and helped lead negotiations with the State Legislature on key issues like reopening public schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, mandating California’s first all-mail state election and passing significant resources to tackle the homelessness crisis. Freeman was Policy Director for the Newsom for Governor campaign and a Chief Policy Consultant for then-Lt. Governor Newsom. Freeman has also worked for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and on local, state and federal campaigns. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.

Bernyce Hollins, Sr. Director of City Budget

Bernyce Hollins brings significant public sector experience with a City career that spans more than 20 years. As Sr. Director of City Budget, she will be responsible for the development of the Mayor’s annual budget and financial policies. Most recently she served as a Chief Administrative Analyst for the City Administrative Officer, responsible for oversight of municipal facilities, capital programs and portions of the City budget. Hollins served as one of the City’s Equity Officers and received a City Council Resolution in 2018 for her career performance and long-standing service to at-risk youth and unhoused individuals. She began her City career with the former Community Development Dept., administering workforce development grants. Prior to joining the City, she worked as a classroom instructor in South Los Angeles and participated in volunteer activities both domestic and abroad. She graduated with honors from Williams College as a political economy major and also studied in London and South Africa.

Krista Kline

Krista Kline, Director of Legislative Affairs

Krista Kline will serve as the Director of Legislative Affairs, where she will be responsible for advancing the Mayor’s policy agenda with the City Council and overseeing relationships with Council offices. Previously serving Council District 11 in a number of roles, including as Chief of Staff, she managed the City Hall and district teams, and oversaw the development of policies, projects and legislation in key priority areas such as homelessness, transportation, sustainability and land use planning.

Kline previously served the City as Planning Deputy for Council District 14, Urban Planning and Design Coordinator for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Sr. Project Coordinator for Housing. Before returning to the City, she worked at the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Welcome (and welcome back) Joey, Bernyce and Krista!