Commissioner Steve Soboroff
Los Angeles Police Commission
was appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners by Mayor Eric
Garcetti in August of 2013. At that time, he was elected President
of the Los Angeles Police Commission by his fellow Police
Commissioners. After serving the maximum of two consecutive years
as President, he was elected Vice President in 2015.
Commissioner Soboroff has long been known as a business leader and
public servant who brings people together to get positive results.
He is past Chairman and CEO of Playa Vista, and current Chairman of
the Board of Directors of The Weingart Foundation. He is a senior
fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy, a member of the Board
of Councilors to the USC School of Public Policy, and the Chairman
of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at LMU. He is a member
of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission.
Commissioner Soboroff was the Senior Advisor to the California
Science Center in its project with NASA to bring to, and
permanently exhibit the Space Shuttle Endeavour in, Los Angeles. He
is Chairman of the Maccabiah Games "Committee of 18" and is the
world's foremost collector of typewriters that were previously
owned by famous individuals.
Commissioner Soboroff is the Chairperson of the Leavey Center for
the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. He is also
a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at UCLA's Luskin
School of Public Affairs and is a member of the Board of Councilors
at the USC Price School of Public Policy. He served as Senior
Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, and was Chair of the
$2.4 billion LAUSD Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee that made
safety and other improvements to over 700 schools.
Commissioner Soboroff was the driving force behind bringing Staples
Center to Los Angeles and helped spearhead the Alameda Corridor
Project, and he finished within 3% in the 2001 mayoral primary
election in Los Angeles.
Commissioner Soboroff served as President of the Los Angeles
Recreation and Parks Commission has a strong track record for
creating, improving and protecting open space and park land for
city residents. He served as president of the L.A. Recreation and
Parks Commission from 1995 to 2001, reinvigorating the city's park
system to better meet the recreational needs of the people of Los
Angeles. Mayor Villaraigosa dedicated the SOBOROFF SPORTS FIELD
complex adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition
Park, and the STEVE SOBOROFF COURT PARK opened in 2011 in Playa
Active in Big Brothers since 1968, Commissioner Soboroff currently
sits as a member of the Board of Governors of Big Brothers/Big
Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. He has lectured and/or taught at
UCLA, USC, Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Arizona and Loyola
Marymount University and volunteers his time to mentor several
university students annually.
Commissioner Soboroff resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife
Patti and they have five children.