Ron Galperin

Ron Shalom Galperin (born August 1, 1963) is an American politician and Los Angeles City Controller. He took office on July 1, 2013 and won re-election in 2017. Galperin is a member of the Democratic Party and the first openly gay official to be elected to citywide office in Los Angeles.[2]

Ron Galperin
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20th City Controller of Los Angeles
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
MayorEric Garcetti
Preceded byWendy Greuel
Personal details
Ron Shalom Galperin[1]

August 1, 1963 (1963-08) (age 57)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Zach Shapiro
Alma materWashington University in St. Louis
Loyola Law School


Galperin received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his law degree (J.D.).[3] from Loyola Law School. He was admitted to the State Bar of California on December 12, 1994.[3] He is Jewish.[4]


Prior to his election to the City Controller of Los Angeles, Galperin practiced law as both a transactional and litigation attorney for more than 20 years.

Galperin was the first Neighborhood Council member elected to citywide office in Los Angeles. As an officer of his local Neighborhood Council, he advocated for quality of life improvements and more responsible neighborhood planning. He also developed and taught "L.A. City Government 101" to new neighborhood council members throughout the city and served as a Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate.

Galperin was Chairman of the Los Angeles Commission on Revenue Efficiency. He also served as President of the City's Quality & Productivity Commission.

Los Angeles City ControllerEdit

Galperin was sworn in as the 19th Los Angeles City Controller on July 1, 2013. Galperin launched ControlPanel LA,[5] the City's first open data portal, in October 2013. Because of these efforts, L.A. has been named the No. 1 Digital City three years in a row by the U.S. Open Data Census.[6] Government Technology Magazine named Controller Galperin to its list of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2015.[7]

Galperin created UtilityPanel.LA,[8] a data portal featuring key financial data about DWP spending and payroll.


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  3. ^ a b "Ron Shalom Galperin - #174373". Attorney Search. The State Bar of California.
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  5. ^ ControlPanel.LA
  6. ^ Shueh, Jason (May 26, 2014). "Los Angeles Tops U.S. City Open Data Census".
  7. ^ Knell, Noelle (March 24, 2014). "TOP 25 DOERS, DREAMERS & DRIVERS OF 2015". Fellow 2015 honoree, Controller Ron Galperin, made major contributions to the city's transparency efforts too, with his launch of the Control Panel L.A. portal, which features user-friendly dashboards on all things financial. Other efforts championed by Galperin include the Civic Innovation Lab, an engagement effort aimed at using city data to solve city problems, and the Civic Innovation fellowship, which pairs enterprise city staff for short-term projects.
  8. ^ UtilityPanel.LA

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wendy Greuel
Los Angeles City Controller
Succeeded by