Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Mayor of Los Angeles

As the Former Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa is a respected voice in politics and a prominent policymaker with a keen understanding of America’s mainstream and emerging communities. During his two terms as mayor, Villaraigosa worked for eight years to make major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right-sizing government, business development and education reform. He came to the mayor’s office with a breadth of experience, having served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council and as well as on the California State Assembly as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly. Using his expertise in the political sphere, in June of 2016 Villaraigosa launched Building Bridges, Not Walls, a new voter activation committee designed to empower Californians to engage in the national political process in advance of the November 2016 General Election. In 2018 he declared that he was a candidate for Governor of California.

Villaraigosa was a member of President Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board and was the 2012 Chairman of the Democratic National Convention. He has served in academia, as a fellow at Harvard University and a professor in public policy at the University of Southern California.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

California Gubernatorial Candidates on Climate One

For 15 years, California Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown charted a steady bi-partisan course as climate leaders. Their combined legacies include reduced carbon emissions, a clean energy economy and forward-thinking electric transportation. During that time, the effects of climate disruption -- rising seas, shrinking aquifers, wildfires and drought - have become increasingly clear. Greg Dalton sits down with three of the leading gubernatorial candidates to ask them how they plan to take on California’s biggest environmental challenge.