Jon Switalski – Director of External Affairs
Jon views the LA River as a source of life and has the potential to be a binding force that brings our communities together. Jon has worked for much of his career to enact public policy that improves how people live, move and work within their communities, policies that aim to protect our environment while providing economic and social justice for everyone.
Previously, Jon was the V.P. for Government Affairs at an electric vehicle startup. Prior to that Jon was a Macomb County Commissioner, representing the city of Warren for four years. He then was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where served for the maximum of six years.. There he held various leadership roles and enacted far reaching, impactful legislation. First elected to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners and then to Michigan House of Representatives, Jon authored a Complete Streets statute that modernized decades of transportation planning. From designing roads and communities that only serve an individual vehicle to transportation infrastructure design that included the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit riders and those with disabilities.
Renewable energy policy was also central to Jon’s legislative agenda. He spent much of his last-term in office writing legislation to democratize energy production, to adopt a feed-in-tariff policy, to invest in micro-grids and to provide financing for community solar gardens. Overall, this legislation would provide the regulatory framework to allow consumer and producers freedom to choose the source of their energy.
After ten years of service and being term-limited from elected office, Jon had the desire to continue his efforts to create positive change in a dynamic, progressive environment. California and Los Angeles proved to be just the opportunity he was looking for and River LA is just that effort. Jon couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this transformative change. Jon holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Grand Valley State in Michigan. He enjoys playing golf, hiking and of course spending as much time at the beach as possible. Jon also is an avid traveler.