Greuel Campaigner Assumes Dreamworks Post
Michael Jimenez did so well working on Wendy Greuel's successful campaign for City Council that he got her old job.
As new head of government and community relations at Dreamworks SKG, Jimenez will become the public face of the film studio run by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
In the position, Jimenez serves as the go-between for the company and all city, county and state agencies and non-profit groups.
"On a day to day basis (my activities) could be anything from helping Glendale get involved in the Rose Parade or the City of L.A. being concerned about runaway production," said the 38-year-old Jimenez. "Any relationship our studio has with the government."
Much of his energies are focused on Workplace Hollywood, a community outreach program designed to place community college and high school students from low-income areas into entertainment industry jobs. Dreamworks has teamed with Fox and Paramount studios, among other production companies, and committed more than $3 million for the 5-year program.
The political realm wasn't foreign to Jimenez, who served as an aide to County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.
While the DreamWorks' principals are known for their active roles in Democratic politics, Jimenez said he concentrates on local issues, not national causes. "At the local level, there's a lot of common ground," he said. "If Dreamworks is working on growing the economy or improving transportation time for its employees, that's not a Democratic or Republican issue."
Before joining Dreamworks, Jimenez was vice president of public affairs at the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has served as a member of the Los Angeles County Redistricting Commission and currently is a member of the Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corp. A native of Los Angeles, Jimenez earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy Analysis at the University of California, Davis. He is single and lives in Santa Monica.
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