Bass picks former USC official and City Hall adviser as new chief of staff

(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Bass picks former USC official and City Hall adviser as new chief of staff

LA politics

Dakota Smith

November 14, 2023

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass was appointed Tuesday

Carolyn Webb de Macias as chief of staff, succeeding Chris Thompson, who was in charge


post for less than a year.

Webb de Macias is a former senior advisor to former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and also worked for then-city councilor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

She also worked at the U.S. Department of Education as an appointee of President Obama and as USC’s vice president of external affairs, according to Bass’ office.

“I have known Carolyn for years and I know that Los Angeles has benefited from her work for even longer,” Bass said in a statement. Carolyn is attentive, knowledgeable, dedicated and the right person for the job. I am grateful that she has agreed to join our team as we continue our work to move Los Angeles forward.”

In a statement, Webb de Macias said she was thrilled to work with Mayor Bass as she implements her vision to improve the quality of life for all Angelenos.

Webb de Macias, 75, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Her LinkedIn profile states that she is a member of the board of the water company Cadiz Inc. and Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a nonprofit founded by Villaraigosa.

Thompson, Bass’ chief of staff since December, is returning to the private sector, Bass’ office said. A spokesperson for Bass declined to comment on his new job.

Thompson previously served as senior vice president of government relations for LA28, the private group that organizes the Olympics. He had agreed not to discuss any Olympic issues in the city for a year, citing concerns about the appearance of a conflict of interest.


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