ROBERT LEE AHN
Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn, a long time community activist, fervent environmentalist, successful entrepreneur and public interest attorney brings to the race to replace Congressman Xavier Becerra (who is retiring to become California Attorney General) a lifetime of dedication to the Los Angeles community and two decades of private sector experience building businesses and creating jobs.
Robert Lee Ahn is a native Angelino. He was born in 1975 at USC County Hospital in Los Angeles to newly arrived immigrants from South Korea. To support Robert and his younger sister, his parents, James and Jain Ahn, worked long hours at numerous jobs and, as a result, he and his younger sister, Christine, spent much of their youth with their grandparents
ROBERT LEE AHN STOOD OUT – EVEN IN HIS EARLY YEARS
Robert’s education was greatly enhanced by the many programs offered at local parks, including art classes, youth camps, and little league baseball. He was a regular at the Westside YMCA, taking competitive swimming and jujitsu classes and excelling in the youth basketball program.
Robert attended local public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District until he was accepted into the prestigious Harvard School for Boys, an elite private college preparatory school located in the San Fernando Valley, where he played point guard with teammates, and future NBA stars, Jason and Jarron Collins.
Upon graduation from what is now the Harvard-Westlake School, Robert and his family moved to the Wilshire Center neighborhood near Koreatown. He attended Emory University in Atlanta where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. While at Emory, Robert tutored at-risk high school children in Math and English, and volunteered at Habitat for Humanity where he worked building housing for the poor and to improve the quality of lives for the city’s underserved residents.
ROBERT LEE AHN – A SUCCESSFUL LAWYER AND BUSINESSMAN
Robert earned a law degree at the University of Southern California Law School. He clerked for Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin and served as a law clerk at Riley and Reiner LLP, where he worked with, and learned from, former Los Angeles District Attorney Ira Reiner. Robert climbed his way up the legal ladder working for several distinguished private law firms.
In 2010, Robert joined the family business working on real estate and business investments and asset management. Throughout the course of his business career, Robert experienced all aspects of business operations and has first hand knowledge of the many challenges faced by small independent business owners and their employees.
ROBERT LEE AHN – DEVOTED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
Robert was a charter member and served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA). PAVA was founded in 2001 to promote volunteerism with an emphasis on environmental concerns. PAVA organizes large scale clean up events of our beaches, coasts and the Los Angeles River.
Robert also served as an officer of the Koreatown Arts and Recreation Center (KARC) steering committee where he helped the community secure over $1 million from developers to develop the Koreatown community center.
Robert’s father, James Ahn, was elected and serves as the President of the Korean American Federation (“KAFLA”), the oldest Korean American organization in Los Angeles. As a senior advisor to the President of KAFLA, Robert helps build relationships with important service organizations like Los Angeles Community College, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and the Anderson Munger YMCA (where he serves on the Board of Directors).
Then City Council President Eric Garcetti appointed Robert to the Los Angeles City Redistricting Commission in 2011 and in 2013, Mayor Garcetti appointed him to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission where he has served the residents of the 34th Congressional District with distinction.
Robert is a candidate in the special election to replace retiring Congressman Xavier Becerra in the United States House of Representatives. The 34th district includes all of Koreatown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo as well as all or parts of Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Hancock Park, Downtown, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights, City Terrace, Echo Park, El Sereno, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, and Westlake/Pico Union.