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Ashley Acero

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Location: Los Angeles

Terms: Full-Time, Exempt/Grant Funded, Full Benefits

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Start date: Immediate


Ending and preventing homelessness is the highest priority agenda item of Mayor Eric  Garcetti. In response, the City of Los Angeles is advancing aggressive solutions to  address the City’s housing affordability crisis. Managed by the Chief Housing Officer,  the Housing Policy Analyst will join the Housing Solutions Team (HST) within the  Mayor’s Office of City Homelessness Initiatives (MOCHI). Using the tools of  streamlining, innovation, expansion of financial resources and inclusive planning  policies, the Team’s work focuses on increasing the speed, cost efficiency and quantity  of affordable housing options and opportunities for low-income and vulnerable  Angelenos. 

The Policy Analyst will build and expand the knowledge of the HST related to affordable  housing production policies and best practices, from the local to the global, assisting the  Team in identifying and assessing the most creative and effective strategies. The Policy  Analyst will work collaboratively with members of the Housing Solutions Team, other Mayor’s Offices and the City’s development services departments.

 The ideal candidate must demonstrate a passion for public service and a deep understanding of affordable housing policy and programs and the housing development process. S/he must also demonstrate exceptional skills in project development, data analysis, program implementation, critical thinking and writing, knowledge of finance, project entitlements, design/construction and managing multiple workstreams in both the analytical and communicative realms.


 The responsibilities of the Housing Policy Analyst include the following:

  • Providing the Mayor’s Office and City departments with in-house research and data analysis to glean insight into existing programs and formulate thoughtful solutions to the housing crisis.
  • Tracking and evaluating current and proposed federal and state housing production  legislation and regulations, working closely with the Federal and State Affairs team to identify advocacy opportunities and establish priorities;
  • Assisting in efforts to address the need for operating vouchers, including tracking the existing gap, assisting in convening partners to develop solutions, and keep up-to-date on policy ideas and solutions;
  • Partnering with City departments and stakeholders to identify and implement streamlining, process improvement, and message amplification opportunities.
  • Collaborating with City and County partners to develop and track metrics for key housing production initiatives, including House America, Homekey 1.0, and HHH.
  • Preparing reports, presentations, memoranda and talking points that communicate progress and success of key initiatives;
  • Conducting research and analyzing public and private affordable housing initiatives, 
  • Developing and assisting in the implementation of advocacy strategies with internal and external partners for new policies and programs;
  • Collecting and analyzing data that deepens the administration’s understanding of the current housing market, the affordable housing landscape, and the performance of City departments related to production;
  • Prepare reports, presentations, memoranda and talking points that communicate  this information;
  • Support the development of talking points, quick turn-around qualitative research,  and briefing papers for senior staff, including offering project and research  management support to directors to help develop policy memos and briefing  papers to file to executive leadership.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Public Policy, Business, Economics, Political Science, Urban Planning or a related field. Master’s degree is preferred.

WORK EXPERIENCE: The successful applicant will have demonstrated at least three (3) years of full-time experience in research, data science and/or public policy administration. A Master’s degree will be considered equivalent to two years of work experience.

SKILLS: An applicant with strong project management, writing, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to candidates that demonstrate a deep understanding of affordable housing policy and can demonstrate fluency in scripting language and/or quantitative data analysis programs such as STATA, SAS, Python, SQL databases, and/or R. Preference will also be given to candidates with experience in geospatial analysis and/or data visualization tools like Tableau, Python or R visualization libraries.

How to apply


Interested applicants must send their resume and cover letter to  ashley.acero@lacity.org with “Housing Policy Analyst – [Your Name]” in the subject line by Monday, November 29, 2021.