Sacramento — Gov. Gavin Newsom today appointed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as infrastructure advisor to the state of California to access generational investment under the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). designated to work with local, state and federal leaders to identify priority projects and maximize access to federal funds in all areas of the state.
The governor’s announcement comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation today outlined $120 million in funding to improve transportation infrastructure through the IIJA Rebuild American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program for California. and eight modernization projects.
Gov. Newsom said, “With this influx of federal dollars, we have access to California while creating quality jobs, modernizing critical infrastructure and accelerating our clean transportation, which benefits communities across the state.” It’s an incredible opportunity to rebuild .” “Antonio has the extensive experience and connections to deliver on that promise, bringing together many partners who will be key to our success. I look forward to his collaboration with the administration in building communities across California.”
Known for his ability to build broad bipartisan coalitions, Villaraigosa will serve as the primary state liaison for locally elected officials on infrastructure needs, coordinating meetings with regional leaders at the Governor’s Office and organizing federal leaders in Washington, DC. Villaraigosa will not be a government employee. This position is supported by a partnership with California Forward, who will work with them and members of the administration on local outreach efforts.
After eight years of major strides in transportation, crime control, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, proper government, business development, and education reform, Villaraigosa ended his two terms as mayor of Los Angeles in 2013. lamps. Before being elected mayor, Villaraigosa served on the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 to 2000, Villaraigosa served as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker in the California State Assembly. He has served on President Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board, chaired the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and served as president of the Conference of American Mayors. Villaraigosa was a Fellow at Harvard University and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He was a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He has also served on the McGraw Hill Global Education Board of Directors and is currently the Chairman of The Change Company. He also serves on various boards including UC Merced, Ultamed and Peace over Violence. Villaraigosa is currently a Partner and Co-Chairman at Actum, where he focuses on strategic and crisis communications consulting for executives in large public and private sector organizations.
Below is an analysis of the $120 million in funding California will receive through today’s announced RAISE grants for local governments, transportation companies and others: