About Joe

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Joe Buscaino represents the Los Angeles City Council’s 15th District which includes the communities of Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, San Pedro, Watts, and Wilmington as well as the Port of Los Angeles.

Councilmember Buscaino has been the Chair of the City’s Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee since 2017. The committee oversees the Port of Los Angeles - the busiest container port in the United States, LAX - the second busiest airport in the United States, and the LA Tourism and Convention Board. 

Councilmember Buscaino also serves as the Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2028 Olympics and Paralympic Games, and as a member of the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Public Safety Committee, Transportation Committee, Homelessness & Poverty Committee, and the Arts, Parks, Health, Education and Neighborhoods Committee.  

In 2019, Councilmember Buscaino was elected as President of the National League of Cities (NLC) which represents more than 2,000 cities, towns, and villages across the country. As former president of NLC, Councilmember Buscaino was focused on leading with urgency on the issues of housing instability and homelessness, strengthening the local-federal partnership, and supporting innovation-driven economies as well as delivering pandemic relief funds to municipalities. Since November 2020, he has served as NLC's Immediate Past President. 

Councilmember Buscaino served as the Mayor’s appointment on the board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District from 2012 to 2022. He also serves as a board member for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, and Sister Cities International. 

Councilmember Buscaino has lived in the 15th District his entire life and is a life-long Dodger fan. He is a first-generation Italian-American, whose parents emigrated from Italy over 40 years ago, in pursuit of the American dream. Prior to his election to the City Council, Buscaino served for 15 years as a police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. 

Buscaino graduated Cum Laude, with a BA in Communication from California State University – Dominguez Hills.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Harbor Area, the San Pedro YWCA’s Racial Justice Committee, and the Advisory Council for the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games and is active with Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and various Italian-American organizations.

Joe and his wife, Geralyn, a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, are raising their two children in San Pedro.

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