June 2019 - Board of Fire Commissioners elects Delia Ibarra Esq. for another term as the Board President.
Delia Ibarra, Esq. is the president of the City of Los Angeles’ Fire Commission, the civilian board charged with overseeing and making policy for the City of Los Angeles’ Fire Department. She was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in September of 2013. She is also a partner at Lara & Ibarra LLP, a Downtown Los Angeles law firm. She is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial cases in state, federal and appellate courts. She is licensed to practice before all California courts.
Prior to her service on the Fire Commission, Ms. Ibarra had an extensive history of, and commitment to, public service. During the presidential administration of President William J. Clinton, Ms. Ibarra was a “schedule C” political appointee who served as a speechwriter to Donna E. Shalala, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As a speechwriter, Ms. Ibarra helped the Secretary communicate with the American people about many of the major public policy issues of our time, including: AIDS, welfare reform, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as health care quality and access. During the early part of her professional career, Ms. Ibarra also served as a legislative and press aide to several prominent Democratic, Los Angeles-area, elected officials. She is currently a member of the Latina Lawyers and the Mexican American Bar Associations and remains committed to addressing and resolving issues of poverty and inequality. She is also deeply committed to protecting civil rights and civil liberties.
Ms. Ibarra is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A., 1991) and Stanford Law School (J.D., 2002). She clerked at the ACLU of Southern California after her first summer at Stanford Law School. She wrote a weekly column for the Stanford Daily while studying history as an undergraduate student at Stanford University. Her Stanford Daily column was nationally syndicated by Hispanic Link News Wire Service during her senior year at Stanford and was subsequently republished in a number of national and local publications.
Ms. Ibarra currently resides in the Echo Park neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles, but she was raised in unincorporated East Los Angeles and in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Garfield High School in East Los Angeles.