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Joe Leventhal

District 5 City Council candidate

Joe Leventhal is a lawyer, business owner, and U.C. San Diego alumnus running for San Diego City Council, District 5. A resident of San Diego for almost 20 years, Joe has a history of leadership in the City through his service as an Ethics Commissioner – protecting San Diego citizens and taxpayers from government ethics violations.

As a lawyer running the San Diego office of a highly-respected, national law firm of over 650 attorneys, Joe guides individuals and businesses through the often-complex legal process to get results for his clients. He was elected to the firm’s Board of Directors and also serves on the finance committee where he helps manage the operations of the 250 million-dollar business.

Joe obtained his law degree with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center while working on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide, working on issues such as health care and education. After law school, Joe served as an attorney in the White House as deputy assistant to the vice president. As part of the vice president’s senior staff, Joe was then the youngest deputy assistant to the vice president at the age of 25. 

Joe chose to move back to San Diego after his service in the White House, bringing back a breadth of knowledge on tackling the tough issues with thoughtful, decisive leadership. San Diego has now been Joe’s home for 15 years. He is a member of numerous local organizations such as the Rancho Bernardo Rotary, the Rancho Bernardo Business Association, and the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation. Joe also served for 6 years on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Kids Included Together, which focuses on inclusion training for the benefit of kids with disabilities. 

Joe’s priorities include reducing homelessness, public safety, and road repair. Joe believes that bold, collaborative leadership, as he’s demonstrated throughout his life, is the best way to approach San Diego’s persistent challenges. Through his work as an Ethics Commissioner, Joe has a crystal-clear perspective on what it means to serve with integrity as an elected official. Joe looks forward to the opportunity to improve the quality of life for San Diego’s citizens as a member of the City Council.

Joe graduated from U.C. San Diego, where he served as president of the student body and ran NCAA cross country, before obtaining his law degree from Georgetown University with honors. He and his wife, Erin, have three school-aged children.