Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 11 named former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve as an infrastructure advisor to the state of California, working with local, state and federal leaders to identify priority projects and maximize access to federal funding.
The governor’s announcement comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation outlined $120 million in funding on Aug. 11 that California will receive for eight projects through the IIJA Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program to improve and modernize transportation infrastructure.
“With this influx of federal dollars, we have an incredible opportunity to rebuild California while creating quality jobs, modernizing crucial infrastructure, and accelerating our clean transportation progress, benefiting communities up and down the state,” Newsom said. “Antonio has the extensive experience and relationships to deliver on this promise and bring together the many partners who will be key to our success. I look forward to his collaboration with the Administration as we build up communities across California.”
Villaraigosa will serve as the state liaison for local elected officials on infrastructure needs, conducting meetings with regional leaders and with federal leaders in Washington, D.C., in coordination with the governor’s office. Villaraigosa will not be a state employee. The position is supported through a partnership with California Forward, which will collaborate with him and members of the administration on local engagement efforts.
Villaraigosa served as mayor of L.A. from 2005-13, as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2003-05, and as a state assemblyman from 1994-00. He was also a member of President Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board, the 2012 chairman of the Democratic National Convention and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. For information, visit gov.ca.gov.