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City of Los AngelesCandidate for City Council, District 5

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Jesse Max Creed

Veterans' Advocate/Attorney
11,986 votes (30.47%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Keeping Developer and Special Interest Money Out of City Hall
  • Reducing Homelessness in Our Neighborhoods
  • Improving Street and Public Safety



Profession:Veteran's Advocate/Attorney
Co-Chair, Community Veteran Engagement Board — Appointed position (2016–current)
Attorney, Munger, Tolles & Olson. LLP (2012–2016)
Law Clerk, Hon. William Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011–2012)
Law Clerk, Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2010–2011)


Undergrad: Princeton University; Law School: Columbia University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Juris Doctor (J.D.), Undergrad: Comparative Literature; Law School: Focus on Constitutional Law (2010)

Community Activities

Boardmember, Community Veterans Oversight and Engagement Board (2016–current)
Advisory Boardmember, Karma Rescue, an animal rescue (2014–current)


Jesse Creed is running for Los Angeles City Council because Los Angeles deserves better. We deserve better at a city government that works for everybody, not just the developers. We deserve better at creating affordable housing and reducing homelessness and its impacts on our neighborhoods. We deserve better at reducing traffic. But in order to accomplish these things, we deserve leaders who can do better too.

Jesse Creed has shown that with the right leadership, we can do better. An attorney with a successful public interest practice who represents people in need, Jesse has repeatedly shown that tough problems can be solved if we’re ambitious and set high standards. At a time when homelessness in LA is at unprecedented highs, Jesse is one of the key lawyers working to create more than a thousand homes for our homeless veterans on the 388-acre West Los Angeles VA campus. This historic project has earned broad community support through countless town halls and community meetings and has been endorsed by Westside community groups. For his work, Jesse was awarded the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award.  Veterans and their families recognized Jesse's leadership by electing him to LA's inaugural Community Veterans Engagement Board.

Jesse has experienced firsthand the challenges of economic hardship and economic opportunity. That’s why he believes so deeply in the potential of Los Angeles. In 1991, when a bank forced Jesse’s family to sell their home in Toronto and their car in a bankruptcy, his family had to look for something better out of necessity. With no job prospects in Toronto and after living in eight houses, his family moved to the Westside of Los Angeles in search of a new life. A graduate of LAUSD public schools, Jesse earned a college degree from Princeton University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  At Princeton, he advised the President of Princeton on the school’s $1 billion operating budget. After Princeton, Jesse graduated at the top of his class from Columbia Law School where he taught constitutional law to first-year law students and was an editor for the Columbia Law Review.  Jesse went into public service as a law clerk to two Clinton-appointed federal judges, including California’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Jesse will fight to make our neighborhoods safer, cleaner, greener, and more livable, because he knows we can do better. He believes that the greatest challenge for our city is to provide affordable housing to every family in LA, from the homeless living on our streets to working families struggling to survive. And, he believes that by addressing our housing crisis, we will also address many of the other challenges facing Los Angeles, including traffic, job creation, and pollution. Jesse will work with our communities to develop a housing policy for LA fit for the 21st century and will promise transparency and full and prompt disclosure to the community in the process.

Jesse is a member of the Jewish Federation's New Leaders Project.  Jesse lives with his wife, Mia, and their rescue dog, Wayan, in the Beverly Grove neighborhood. Mia is a civil rights attorney who has spent her entire career fighting for women’s rights in the workplace, including equal pay for equal work and the protection of pregnant women in the workplace. 

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (3)

  • Richard Riordan, Fmr. Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Laura Chick, Fmr. City Controller of Los Angeles
  • Bobby Shriver, Fmr. Mayor of Santa and Activist

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