Vahid Khorsand most recently served as Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s Deputy Director of Planning and Land Use since September 2021. Prior to this, Khorsand worked in Mayor Garcetti’s office as the West Valley Area Representative. In 2017, Khorsand was appointed by Mayor Garcetti to the Los Angeles Citywide Planning Commission and elected vice president by his fellow commissioners in 2018. Throughout his career, Khorsand has been active in networks that advocate for increased community investment, especially for underserved and low-income populations. He received a B.A. in sociology from California State Long Beach and an MBA from Pepperdine University.