|High school||Woodrow Wilson High School|
|Profession||Chief Strategy Officer at Spokeo|
Pleitez worked for the Obama-Biden Presidential transition team in 2008 as a member of its U.S. Treasury Review team. In 2009, he was appointed by the Obama administration as a special assistant to Paul Volcker and to Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He subsequently worked for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, going on to work for Spokeo, a technology company based in Los Angeles.
Pleitez is the founder of two non-profit organizations that focus on leadership development: Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT) Institute and the Latino Legacy Weekend. He is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund. He is also a member of the "No Labels" movement.
- See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013
|Mayor of Los Angeles, Primary, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Addie M. Miller||0.5%||1,810|
|Nonpartisan||Yehuda "Yj" Draiman||0.4%||1,543|
|Source: Los Angeles City Clerk|
At a forum for mayoral candidates on August 16, sponsored by Ya Basta and the East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Pleitez said that when it comes to the city's ballooning annual payouts in pensions, "all options are on the table" and "If we do have to declare bankruptcy… someone’s got to do it."
Partnership for Los Angeles Schools:
The Partnership for Los Angeles School is a non-profit organization created by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the purpose of solving problems at the city's worst performing schools by putting them under alternative management. At an August 2012 mayoral forum, Pleitez said the Partnership is "not necessary."
This chart shows fundraising totals for the mayoral election's "Big 5" candidates through February 27, 2013:
|Candidate||Contributions rec'd||Expenses||Cash on hand||Matching funds|
Pleitez is the son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrant parents. He was born in South Central Los Angeles.
He currently resides in downtown Los Angeles with his wife, Rebecca.