Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has hired a new environmental deputy to serve the local City Council 11th District.

Deborah Weinstein, an environmental policy expert who served as an official with the U.S. Department of the Interior, joined Rosendahl’s staff Monday, May 15th.

“I am extremely happy that Deborah has joined my team,” Rosendahl said. “Deborah has a unique perspective on environmental policy.

“Her experience working at the federal level combined with her passion for serving the community will be invaluable to the district.”

A Southern California native, Weinstein relocated from Washington, D.C. to join Rosendahl’s staff.

“I am excited to help Councilman Rosendahl implement his vision of a Los Angeles with cleaner water, cleaner air, and more open space,” Weinstein said. “I am impressed by his commitment and by the dedication of his staff.”

Weinstein has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She spent the past five years working on natural resource and environmental policy issues for the Interior Department.

Prior to that, she worked as an intern for the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Clinton Administration.

Weinstein also worked as a legislative associate on transportation and environmental issues for a District of Columbia government relations firm.

As a member of the Rosendahl staff, Weinstein will represent the 11th District on the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

She will steer Rosendahl’s environmental initiatives, work on environmentally sensitive planning and development issues, and work closely with organizations such as Heal the Bay and Santa Monica Baykeeper.