The Right To Housing for Essential Workers & Beyond
City Councilman, District 10 of Los Angeles
Mark Ridley Thomas currently serves as Councilmember of Los Angeles’ 10th District, elected in 2020. He began his career in public office in 1991 serving three terms as Councilmember of the 8th district until 2002, where he pioneered initiatives in resident engagement and neighborhood empowerment, and then went on to serve as a State Assembly member, State Senator, and most recently as the Los Angeles County Supervisor of the 2nd District from 2008 to 2020.
A life-long resident of Los Angeles, Mark Ridley-Thomas, also known as “MRT”, is widely regarded as one of the region’s most creative, effective and progressive voices for change in Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, he has been at the forefront of addressing the region’s most pressing issues – including major funding initiatives for affordable housing and Co-Chairing the statewide task force on homelessness for Gov. Gavin Newsom. Earlier this year, MRT introduced a motion that was unanimously approved by the City Council to have the city explore establishing a Right to Housing, part of a 11-part policy brief to end homelessness and build more equitable development.