Matthew Rudnick is the Acting Assistant General Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP).
Matthew is responsible for oversight of RAP’s Special Operations Branch, which includes unique and iconic assets such as Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory, and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. He also supervises various citywide operations and administrative functions including RAP’s Park Ranger Division, Golf Division, Concessions Unit, Contract Services and Partnerships Division. In his capacity of Departmental Chief Sustainability Officer, he is responsible for advancing and tracking many of RAP’s environmental goals and assisting RAP’s executive management team with strategic planning.
Matthew has served in various leadership and management positions throughout his 15 years of City government experience. Before his tenure with RAP, Matthew served as Assistant General Manager and Interim General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), where he supported vintage mural restoration and helped reshape the City’s Arts Development Fee program. Prior to his work at DCA, Matthew worked as a policy analyst and then as Associate Director of Budget and Innovation under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Matthew is an appointed management member of the Joint Labor-Management Benefits Committee, which oversees the City’s civilian health benefits program. Matthew is also a proud Banana Slug, having earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz where he majored in History and Political Science. Matthew learned to swim and pitched his first little league game at Mar Vista park and now resides in Eagle Rock, where he frequently bikes to Yosemite Rec Center pool with his wife and two kids.