UCLA Health Care Symposium - Speaker Biography

Edmund Edelman

Former member,Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Edmund D. Edelman has had a distinguished thirty-year public career in local government. He served as a Los Angeles City Councilman from 1965-1974, and as a Los Angeles County Supervisor from 1974-1994.

During his service as a Los Angeles City Councilman he was Chairman of the Charter and Administrative Code Committee and authored significant proposals to reform the antiquated Los Angeles City Charter to pinpoint authority and responsibility and to make city government operate more effectively.

During his service on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors he was responsible for making the county government more responsive to human and community needs. Under his leadership, the following agencies/departments were established:

Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court
Department of Children and Family Services
Department of Consumer Affairs
Commission on the Status of Women
Community Youth Gang Services
Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee
Los Angeles County Children's Planning Council
Drug Court
Hollywood Bowl Museum

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA in 1954, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his LL.B. degree at UCLA in 1958. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge William M. Byrne, and Deputy Legislative Counsel to the State Legislature in Sacramento. He also served as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor and Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the National Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

He is now a Senior Fellow at RAND assisting RAND in the domestic policy area, particularly on issues and problems facing the State of California and its local governments. He is also working as a mediator and arbitrator assisting individuals and governmental agencies in resolving their disputes.


Last Modified Nov. 22, 1996