Glendale City Council members this week selected Councilman Daniel “Dan” Brotman as the city’s next mayor. He will take over the position from outgoing Mayor Ardy Kassakhian.
This is Brotman’s first time serving in the role of mayor.
Brotman was first sworn in as a Glendale city councilman in April 2020. He has a background in economics and finance, with his undergraduate work completed at Brown University before he attended Johns Hopkins for a master’s in international economics. Brotman spent more than 20 years in the field, first as an economist at the Federal Reserve and then for 16 years in various finance roles at Cisco Systems. He spent most of his time at Cisco, living and working in East Asia.
Brotman moved to Glendale in 2015 to teach economics at Glendale Community College. In addition to his work in academia and public service, Brotman is involved in several community organizations. He co-founded the Glendale Environmental Coalition and was chair of the SoCal 350 Climate Action Legislative Committee.
“Brotman brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as a council member and is committed to positively impacting his community,” the city said in a statement.
Brotman currently serves as the chair of the Glendale Housing Authority, is the immediate past chair of the Arroyo-Verdugo Communities JPA, has membership on the SGAG Energy & Environment Committee, and is the newly selected Glendale representative to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Regional Housing Trust.
“As an educator, environmental activist and City Council member, I have always tried to do what I can to make the world a little better, fairer and more livable for everyone,” Brotman stated. “That means identifying long-term challenges and applying best practices from around the world to turn them into opportunities. As mayor, I will not shy away from tough decisions to prepare Glendale for the future. I thank my colleagues for trusting in me to guide the important work in front of us this year.”
First published in the April 8 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.