For Immediate Release: February 8, 2021
COUNCILMEMBER NITHYA RAMAN ANNOUNCES NAJEEBA SYEED AS NEW CHIEF OF STAFF
LOS ANGELES-- Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman is excited to announce the next stage for her council office, with Najeeba Syeed as the new Chief of Staff for Council District 4. Since their historic win in November, Raman has worked in partnership with previous co-chiefs, Meghan Choi and Jessica Salans, to hire the office’s new leadership team and lay the foundation for the office.
In her new capacity as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Organizing, Choi will spearhead the CD4 office’s co-governing strategy with community organizations and advocacy groups across LA, as well as demographics that have historically been underrepresented in engagement with City Hall. Salans will be departing the office to be closer to her family.
“Jess served as a cornerstone of our campaign and has been similarly integral to setting up our new council office -- and beyond that, she has become a dear friend,” said Councilmember Raman. “I am deeply thankful to her and Meghan Choi for stepping in to serve as a bridge during our very rapid transition to City Hall, which has allowed us to be deliberate in our search for the best possible person to lead our office. With her decades of experience in conflict resolution, civic engagement, and building strong government-community partnerships, I am confident we have found that person in Najeeba Syeed."
“Our campaign for CD4 showed what is possible when Angelenos are actively engaged and brought into the political process,” said Salans. “I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of that movement beside Meghan and Nithya. I’m incredibly excited for the team that has developed, with Nithya and Najeeba at the helm, who will usher in the progressive and tangible change Angelenos so deeply deserve.”
“I am honored to accept the position of Chief of Staff in Councilember Nithya Raman’s office,” said Syeed. “I am thankful for the leadership of Jessica Salans and Meghan Choi. I look forward to working with Councilmember Nithya Raman and serving all of our constituents. As a mother, Los Angeles resident, and peacebuilder, I care very much about this city. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve in partnership with CD4 community members to build a bright collective future.”
CONTACT: Jesse Zwick