Robyn Ritter Simon


In April of 2010 Robyn Ritter Simon embarked on a daily project to write one blog entry post per day until her milestone birthday on 4/17/2011 Ė 50 years old. To read Robynís musings visit her birthday blog.

Many of you know Robyn from her Los Angeles City Council District 5 campaign. But how many of you know the real Robyn? There were great supporters and some naysayers in the campaign, but ultimately it was a great ride! Now Robyn is telling it like it isÖ!

Robyn is a past President of the National Womenís Political Caucus, LA-Westside. Robyn is a seasoned business executive who is results-driven with 20 years experience in public service, communications, and business.

Professionally Robyn joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce as a City Hall liaison, advocating on behalf of business with city leaders. When the Chamber inherited Leadership LA, a well-respected leadership training program, Robyn was tapped to run the program which mentors future civic leaders. In 2001 she was appointed by former LA Mayor James K. Hahn to a five year post as a Commissioner to the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission.

Later Robyn joined the Century City Chamber of Commerce as President & CEO working with local leaders to build the Chamberís political influence in the business community. In 2006 she was elected President of the Los Angeles
chapter for the National Womenís Political Caucus Ė a national organization committed to gender parity in politics. During her tenure, membership more than doubled; the groupís political influence and visibility skyrocketed; and Robyn was instrumental in electing the groupís endorsed candidates. Robyn was honored in the NWPC LA-Westside 2009 Leadership Calendar as a Remarkable Woman along with Peg Yorkin, Gloria Allred, Laura Chick, Chris Essel, and former CA First Lady Sharon Davis, among others. Robyn was also nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Woman of Achievement in 2008.

Robyn served as a Board member for the National Council of Jewish Women, a social service agency. The knowledge and experience acquired working on behalf of children, women, and the community contributed to Robynís decision to run for public office.. The knowledge acquired working in these organization and as an advocate for business and representing 5th District constituents on land use matters as a Mayoral-appointed Commissioner prepared Robyn for political life.

Preceding her work in the Chamber and with NWPC, Robyn worked as a dynamic community leader for decades. As co-founder of the Beverlywood Moms, she coordinated and implemented a successful, precedent-setting grassroots effort, recruiting neighborhood families to support Canfield Avenue Elementary School in West LA. Robyn recognizes the immense importance education contributes to our community. Robyn collaborated with the Los Angeles School Board to implement changes at local campuses with great success.

Robyn began her career as a broadcast journalist and political commentator, producing and hosting her own public affairs program Robyn Ritter Reports. She is a native of Los Angeles. Robyn is now raising her family in the same community she grew up in. Robyn resides in Beverlywood with her husband Brian and their two teenage sons Harrison and Spencer who attend Palisades Charter High school, and college son Brandon who is a collegiate athlete at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Robyn and her husband Brian are serious baseball fans Ė all three of their sons are players and Robyn and Brian enjoy spending their weekends watching the boys at the baseball field.













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