LOS ANGELES – Councilwoman-elect Eunisses Hernandez announced two top staffers for her council office Friday as she prepares to take office on Dec. 12, with both coming from Councilwoman Nithya Raman’s office.
Ivette Serna, currently Raman’s deputy director of legislative affairs, will serve as Hernandez’s chief of staff. Serna, who was raised in the First District, was previously the deputy director of government affairs for City Controller Ron Galperin and also worked in Councilman Gil Cedillo’s office.
Hernandez’s deputy chief of staff will be Helene Rotolo, who is Raman’s senior deputy for capital projects. Rotolo previously worked in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and the Office of the City Administrative Officer. She served as a project coordinator for Garcetti’s A Bridge Home program. Rotolo “will be bringing her expertise in navigating the city and delivering on large-scale projects,” according to Hernandez’s office.
Hernandez won the election when she beat Cedillo outright in the June primary with more than 50% of the vote but doesn’t take office until December along with the other councilmember-elects who won in the Nov. 8 runoff.