Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has promoted his southern district director and Venice area field deputy, Mark-Antonio Grant, to the position of special assistant to the councilmember.

In his new capacity, Grant will handle special projects and cases involving a broad spectrum of issues and departments, Rosendahl said.

Grant is also the councilman’s “point person” on city capital projects and public works issues, such as street beautification projects and street resurfacing.

“I am very excited at the prospect of utilizing Mark’s skills and talents in this new position,” Rosendahl said. “He will be a key person for me in moving important projects and handling issues that are near and dear to me.”

In his new position, Grant will report directly to Rosendahl and chief of staff Mike Bonin. It is Grant’s third promotion since joining Rosendahl’s staff in July 2005.

“I welcome this opportunity to assume new and broader responsibilities in order to meet the needs of our residents,” Grant said. “I’m motivated to do all I can to prove worthy of Councilmember Rosendahl’s confidence in my ability to work not only with the leadership of our city services, but also with the invaluable leadership of our community members. I see a collaborative effort as the means, and an even more enhanced CD (Council District) 11 as the end.”

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Grant moved to Los Angeles in 1978 after graduating from William Paterson University, where he earned a degree in communications. In 1992 he moved back to New Jersey, where he worked as a legislative aide for State Senator Ronald L. Rice until 1994, when he returned to Los Angeles.

In his new position, Grant will remain based in the Westchester field office at 7166 Manchester Ave. He can be reached at (310) 568-8772, or mark.grant@lacity .org.