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Courage Campaign founder appointed deputy chief of staff to Garcetti

Rick Jacobs (at podium), seen here with California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (right), has been involved with many progressive causes through his work with the Courage Campaign.

Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign, a nonprofit focused on progressive causes, was named by Mayor Eric Garcetti as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations on Tuesday.

Jacobs was co-director of a political action committee that raised and spent $2.2 million for Garcetti in the May 21 mayoral runoff.

In a memo sent to reporters after the May 21 election, Jacobs credited the PAC with solidifying Garcetti's victory over Wendy Greuel. 

"In an election that saw record spending and low turnout, we believe our highly professional grassroots campaign helped make the difference for Garcetti," Jacobs wrote. 

As the deputy chief of staff for operations, Jacobs will be responsible for external relations, communications, scheduling and protocol.

Garcetti said in a statement: "Rick brings a fresh, outsider's perspective to City Hall. His depth of corporate, non-profit, and political experience will help us make city government work better, and I'm proud to have him on our team." 

Jacobs will take a leave of absence from the Courage Campaign. Paul Song will lead the organization while Jacobs is at City Hall.  

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