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Glenn Gritzner

Glenn Gritzner

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Glenn Gritzner is a Partner of Mercury in the Los Angeles office, and founded the office in 2009.  He brings to Mercury a specialization in political outreach, policy analysis, communication and media strategy, education, and urban planning and development issues, maintaining a specialty in the Southern California political environment.

Special Assistant to the Superintendent and Director of External Affairs for the Los Angeles Unified School District

Ran 4 largest local school bond campaigns in U.S. history

Co-founded the Southern California Transportation and Land Use Coalition

Editor of The Planning Report and Metro Investment Report, two of Southern California’s leading publications on local policy and political issues

Serves on the Boards of City Year Los Angeles and Heart of Los Angeles Youth

City Council Appointee to the Citizens’ Unit for Participation in Housing and Community Development, providing citizen oversight for over $165 million in annual Community Development Block grant money

Member of the City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Crisis Task Force, which led to the creation of the City’s $100 million Housing Trust Fund

Alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders

Named a member of “Generation Next: The 35-and-Under Movers and Shakers Shaping Politics” by LA Downtown News

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Glenn Gritzner is a Partner at Mercury, specializing in political outreach, policy analysis, communication and media strategy, education, and urban planning and development issues.

Since founding the Los Angeles office in 2009, Gritzner has spearheaded its growth and plays an integral role in its operation and management. He has overseen external advocacy and outreach for billions of dollars in development projects, including the largest development in the history of Hollywood, and overseen crisis communications efforts and media training for a wide array of corporate and nonprofit clients. Gritzner also brings two decades of experience with local governments throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles City and County, helping develop next-generation public affairs strategies, marrying direct advocacy, messaging, media, communications, and community outreach for a comprehensive approach to winning positive outcomes for clients.

Previously, Gritzner was Special Assistant to the Superintendent and Director of External Affairs for the Los Angeles Unified School District, with primary responsibility for political messaging, outreach, and communication strategy. As the closest aide to the Superintendent, he was responsible for the District’s relationships with state and local elected officials, and for shepherding complex, high profile projects. Gritzner was also the District’s point person for the four largest local school bond campaigns in U.S. history, raising over $16 billion to construct and repair schools.

Gritzner co-founded the Southern California Transportation and Land Use Coalition and was also Editor of The Planning Report and Metro Investment Report, two of Southern California’s leading publications on local policy and political issues.

Gritzner serves on the Board of City Year, as well as the Board of Heart of Los Angeles Youth, an after school youth development and education program. He was an Appointee to the Citizens’ Unit for Participation in Housing and Community Development, providing citizen oversight for over $165 million in annual Community Development Block Grant money.

Gritzner was a member of the Los Angeles Affordable Housing Crisis Task Force, which led to the creation of the City’s $100 million Housing Trust Fund. He is an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and was named a member of “Generation Next: The Movers and Shakers Shaping Politics” by the Los Angeles Downtown News. Gritzner received his BA in Communication Studies from UCLA, where he graduated Magma cum laude, and earned his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.