David Ryu was appointed to the Medical Board of California by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon in 2021. David Ryu is a former Los Angeles City Councilmember, ethics reformer, and community mental healthcare advocate. He was elected in 2015 to become the second only Asian American to serve on the Los Angeles City Council and first on Council leadership.
In 2019, City Council passed Ryu’s landmark campaign finance reform bill into law, barring campaign donations from real estate developers with business before the City. He further introduced legislation to expand oversight in City Hall and to create stronger checks on pay-to-play corruption. Ryu led the City to launch Opportunity LA, Ryu’s Children’s Savings Account program for every child in Los Angeles. Other notable accomplishments: he advocated and secured COVID19 testing early on; championed Grave Disability Reform, Paid Parental Leave, and Autonomous Vehicles; established the Hillside Construction Regulation Zone, Concrete Streets Program, Utility Box Art Program and COVID Arts Relief Fund; secured $50M from State for After School Programs; and passed into law the Exotic Animals Ban, House Party Ordinance, and Tour Bus Ordinance.
Previously, Ryu served as Director of Development & Public Affairs at Kedren Community Health Center, dispute resolution mediator, and Senior Deputy to LA County Supervisor Yvonne Burke.