(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – April 23, 2019) Los Angeles’ Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Jeff Gorell will discuss security in the nation’s second largest city at the last event in the California Lutheran University 2018-2019 Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series.
Gorell, a Camarillo resident, will present “Securing LA in the Era of the Olympics” from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in Lundring Events Center on Cal Lutheran’s Thousand Oaks campus. Breakfast and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m.
The event had originally been scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, but it was postponed because of the Borderline shooting and wildfires.
Gorell has served as deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety for Los Angeles, which is preparing to host the Olympics, since 2015. He supervises a staff of 65 and oversees programs with more than 30,000 employees, including the police, fire and emergency management departments.The Mayor’s Office of Public Safety also houses LA’s Gang Reduction Youth Development program, the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team, LA Cyber Lab, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and three federally funded homeland security and counterterrorism programs. Gorell sits on the Executive Steering Council of the U.S. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and serves as chief administrator of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative. He and his senior staff coordinate with regional, state and federal agencies to ensure that Los Angeles is prepared for public safety emergencies and natural disasters.
A member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Gorell has been deployed twice to Afghanistan, where he was decorated for leadership in a combat zone. He is currently the commanding officer of a Pacific Fleet intelligence unit in San Diego with more than 75 officers and enlisted personnel.
Gorell represented parts of Ventura County as a member of the state assembly from 2010 to 2014 and served as a district attorney for the county from 1999 to 2006. He taught in the graduate public policy and administration program and the undergraduate political science department at Cal Lutheran from 2007 to 2014.
The Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series brings members of the business and civic communities together to hear from prominent leaders.