General Manager, Youth Development Department, City of Los Angeles
Lisa Salazar serves as the Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Youth Development Department. Before being appointed to this role, Lisa served as the Policy Director for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, overseeing his agenda for workforce development, education career pathways, and veteran suicide prevention. Primary responsibilities include the development and advancement of career opportunities in high-growth industries for vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on cross-system collaboration. Over two decades of experience crafting and implementing public policy on job training and skills development, youth and adult employment, economic development, education access in K-16, equity, and the future of work. Extensive experience also includes leading large-scale systems change to achieve data-driven results, as well as improving government services through participatory leadership and strategic thinking. Previously, was the lead administrator of the Youth Workforce Development System in the City of Los Angeles' Economic and Workforce Development Department. Holds a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational and Industrial Psychology from Saint Mary's College of California.