Sarah Dusseault is Chair of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission. Appointed by Supervisor Solis, she served as Co-Chair of LAHSA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Women & Homelessness. Sarah is committed to including women’s unique experiences in policy-making and investing in systems change to bring a crisis response to homelessness.
Sarah began her career in public service with Mayor Jim Hahn, as his campaign Policy Director. She served in senior roles in the Office of the Mayor as Assistant Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Deputy Mayor for Housing and Homelessness where she led efforts to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles and oversaw the creation of L.A.’s affordable housing trust fund — at the time the largest of its kind in America. Sarah served as Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Eric Garcetti during his 2013 mayoral campaign, and during his tenure as President of the City Council. Sarah also worked as Chief of Staff to Councilmember David Ryu, the first Korean American ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council.
Throughout her career, Sarah has gained a reputation as a passionate advocate, policy expert, and an innovative problem solver. Sarah serves in various leadership roles in her community, including as a mentor to many young women and girls, an Advisory Board Member for the Los Angeles Business Council and Board member of the Los Angeles LGBT Center assisting in their work to open an intergenerational campus addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Sarah’s passion for ending homelessness and advocating for mental health derives from her lived experience of a family member who is experiencing both. Her experiences trying to house her brother were printed in the LA Times.
She is a graduate of Yale College and earned her J.D. from UCLA. She is married to Chris Dusseault, a key member of the legal team in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that successfully challenged and overturned California’s Proposition 8 before the United States Supreme Court. They are raising two sons.