U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) on Aug. 16 announced the appointment of Darryn Harris as her next chief of staff.
“Darryn has more than a decade of experience working in public service at the local, state and federal level on behalf of the people of Los Angeles,” Bass said. “His continued dedication to advancing social and economic justice for our area makes him well-equipped to serve in this role.”
A native of South Los Angeles, Harris said he is excited to continue his work for the Congress member.
“I firmly believe that with the right team you can do anything, and I look forward to serving the people of Los Angeles, especially during this difficult time,” he added.
Brotherhood Crusade CEO Charisse Bremond said Harris has a “deep understanding” of what residents face daily.
“Some of these issues, like police brutality, burst into the mainstream just last summer, but Darryn has made a real difference for years on things at the top of the Congresswoman’s agenda, like disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, supporting families, seeking real public safety and increasing access to decent jobs,” Bremond said. “Darryn will help assure that these things remain top of mind, while helping staff to work effectively at the highest levels.”
Ruben Gonzales, executive director of the Victory Institute, said the nation’s capital needs more public leaders from the LGBTQ community.
“Especially in the midst of a dual crisis – one on the public health level and one on the economic level – Darryn’s appointment is a really exciting step,” Gonzales said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the office to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community.”
Harris received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University and his master’s degree in higher education and organizational change from the University of California Los Angeles. He is the founder and president emeritus of the Black Los Angeles Young Democrats and an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha.
Bass also appointed Jacqueline Hamilton to serve as her district director.
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