Emanuel Pleitez

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Emanuel Pleitez
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High schoolWoodrow Wilson High School
Bachelor'sStanford University
ProfessionChief Strategy Officer at Spokeo
(dead link) Campaign website
Emanuel Pleitez is the Chief Strategy Officer at Spokeo.[1]

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.[2]

Pleitez worked in two different stints for Antonio Villaraigosa in 2003 and 2005. He first was a field aide in El Sereno and later became Villaraigosa's personal assistant.[2]

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.[2]

Mayoral campaign

See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013

Pleitez ran in the March 5, 2013 mayoral primary as a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles. He came in 5th in the crowded primary and therefore did not proceed to the May 21 mayoral general election.

Election results

Mayor of Los Angeles, Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Jan Perry 15.9% 58,472
     Nonpartisan Emanuel Pleitez 4.1% 15,263
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Garcetti 33.1% 121,930
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Greuel 29% 106,748
     Nonpartisan Addie M. Miller 0.5% 1,810
     Nonpartisan Kevin James 16.3% 60,154
     Nonpartisan Norton Sandler 0.5% 2,002
     Nonpartisan Yehuda "Yj" Draiman 0.4% 1,543
Total Votes 367,922
Source: Los Angeles City Clerk (dead link)


See also: Issues in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral contest

Pension reform:

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."[3]

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."[3]

Campaign fundraising

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
Eric Garcetti $4,341,755 $4,958,067 $249,988 $667,000
Wendy Greuel $4,400,365 $4,935,141 $327,245 $667,000
Jan Perry $1,591,529 $2,142,366 $101,898 $667,000
Kevin James $444,328 $732,843 $33,878 $266,986
Emanuel Pleitez $252,618 $554,128 $64,118 $299,265


Pleitez is the son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrant parents. He was born in South Central Los Angeles.[2]

He currently resides in downtown Los Angeles with his wife, Rebecca.[2]

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