Luke H. Klipp
Luke's Biography

Luke Klipp offers over a dozen years of experience working with and for local, state, and federal government. Currently, as a Metro Board Deputy to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Luke works to ensure that the Mayor's priorities around customer experience, active transportation, and goods movement are addressed. He also supports the City of Long Beach's Mobility Bureau in its efforts to make Long Beach a safer, more walkable and bikable place.

Previously, as a Principal Transportation Analyst for Los Angeles Metro, he appraised and made recommendations around the expansion efforts of Metro Rail, in addition to reviewing departmental budgets to ensure efficacy and minimize costs as the agency continues to grow in its efforts to serve all Angelenos.

As State Affairs Specialist for AIDS Project Los Angeles, Luke  advocated around HIV/AIDS policy, particularly within the context of health care reform implementation measures being undertaken by the State. He organized and grew a statewide coalition of HIV/AIDS providers and advocates and communicated directly with numerous state agencies. Previously, Luke worked in San Francisco City Hall as both a senior policy analyst for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Office of the Budget and Legislative Analyst and as a legislative aide to a former member of the Board of Supervisors. As a policy analyst, he reviewed legislation for its fiscal impacts, analyzed city department budgets, assisted in management and performance audits
, and managed and mentored new staff.

In addition to his work for Mayor Garcia, Los Angeles Metro, and AIDS Project Los Angeles, Luke has worked for several other nonprofit organizations in different capacities, helping organize an annual national conference at one, creating lobbying materials and bringing together coalitions on federal student loan legislation at another, and developing financial models to clean up internal finances at the third.  Luke has also worked for two public unions, one in which he researched and analyzed hospital and healthcare systems to identify issue areas and potential growth opportunities, and the other in which he identified opportunities for local jurisdictions to enhance their revenues. He has served several campaigns, including managing one candidate's campaign for local office and educating key local political organizations around a statewide ballot measure.


Luke Klipp is the Education Director for Abundant Housing LA, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to address LA's housing crisis by supporting efforts to create more housing throughout the LA region. Luke is also a member of the advisory board of Los Angeles Walks, which advocates for safer, more walkable streets in the City of LA. Additionally, Luke is co-founder and co-producer of A Little New Music, a unique quarterly concert series that features Broadway-caliber talent performing new and unheard musical theatre at a premiere LA-based venue.

Previously, Luke served as a District E Representative on the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, where he was elected by the Board to serve as its Treasurer for two years and, subsequently, as its President for two years. At LFNC, he first focused on improving Los Feliz's walkability and then, as President, on broadening the council's outreach in the community.

Several years ago, Luke organized his immediate neighborhood in the Los Angeles community of Silver Lake with six clean-up events, which involved extensive community outreach, engaging nearby community-based organizations, and working with the local city council office to obtain necessary supplies and trash removal after each clean-up.  He also volunteered in a policy and service capacity for The Trevor Project, which is a National LGBT youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization. He served two years as the Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the New Leaders Council and as the Western Regional Director for an additional year.

In 2008, Luke ran for local elected office - the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee - and finished the best of any first-time candidate in the race. In 2009, Luke co-founded Gay for Good-San Francisco. He was President of the San Francisco Young Democrats for two years, in which time he started the club's now annual tradition of a major fundraiser, and he organized the club's first-ever candidate debate, for California State Senate District 3.  In addition to a total of seven years on the board of SFYD, Luke also served on the board of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for seven years.


In 2004, Luke earned his Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.  He has his Bachelors of Arts in Music from the University of Michigan.


Luke is a resident of Los Feliz in Los Angeles, California, where he lives with his husband and their sweet puppies, Godric and Uli.

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