Diego Alvarez, executive assistant for government relations at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), has been appointed deputy mayor for legislative and intergovernmental relations for the City of Los Angeles.

In his new role, Alvarez will serve as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s chief liaison to federal, state and local governments and agencies. Alvarez will replace outgoing deputy mayor Kevin M. Acebo, who will leave the mayor’s office at the beginning of next month to pursue teaching and opportunities in the private sector.

“Diego Alvarez will play a crucial role in collaborating with our partners, securing vital resources for Los Angeles, and moving our agenda forward for the benefit of all Angelenos,” Villaraigosa said.

“Diego’s experience, expertise and deep roots in city government and legislative affairs make him the ideal candidate to fill this important position.”

Alvarez assumes the position after serving at Los Angeles World Airports, the city airport agency, where he coordinated government affairs for the city’s four regional airports, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Prior to his service at Los Angeles World Airports, Alvarez worked as Villaraigosa’s associate director of legislative and intergovernmental relations, helping to obtain funding for transit programs, gang prevention and intervention efforts, homeland security and police hiring initiatives, and the Los Angeles River revitalization project.

Alvarez has developed a background as a legislative representative for the city, working as a government affairs manager in former Mayor James Hahn’s administration and advocating for the city in Washington, D.C. during former Mayor Richard Riordan’s tenure. Before joining Riordan’s team, Alvarez served as legislative director for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee on Capitol Hill.

Alvarez is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and the University of California, Irvine.