Carter Rubin has been named as a 2012-13 David Bohnett Fellow in recognition of his academic preparation, analytical skills and enthusiasm for public service. The Los Angeles Mayor's Fellowship Program was created to train the next generation of public servants in Los Angeles by bringing graduate-level policy research fellows onto the mayor's staff. As a Bohnett Fellow Carter will receive valuable hands-on work experience as well as provide high level research to the Mayor's office. He willl be matched to a senior member of the mayoral staff to work on project-based work which may include policy research, and/or design and implementation of a program. He hopes to gain firsthand experience in urban policy-making, while gaining a better understanding of the decision-making process within the city of Los Angeles.
Carter was born and raised in West Los Angeles by two public servants who instilled in him
the importance of civic engagement and community service. He earned his B.A. in
political science from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, in 2009, and
made the decision to pursue a career in Urban Planning after finding his passion
advocating for complete streets. He is a third generation Bruin.
His academic interests are in the challenges and opportunities for making cost-effective improvements to public transportation and for creating a safer and more dignified environment for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. This year he is working with the UCLA Lewis Center on developing a Statewide Transit Strategic Plan for CalTrans.
In his free time he serves on the board of directors of the Southern California Streets Initiative, the non-profit publisher of L.A. Streetsblog, and he writes for The Source, the official blog of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.