23 Facts About Austin Beutner


Austin Beutner previously served as the first deputy mayor of Los Angeles from 2010 through 2013, and briefly ran in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral election.


Austin Beutner was born in New York and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of German immigrants who came to the United States in the 1920s for economic opportunity.


Austin Beutner's mother was a schoolteacher and his father was a manufacturing engineer.


Austin Beutner's mother was Jewish and his father was Roman Catholic, although he did not find out that his father's family was Christian until he was an adult.


Austin Beutner is a graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, and graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.


Austin Beutner has lectured at the University of Southern California Bedrosian Center on Governance, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


In 2016, Austin Beutner gave the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class of the USC Price School of Public Policy.


In 1994 Austin Beutner founded The Beutner Family Foundation with a focus on philanthropy and education for economically disadvantaged people.


In 2012 Austin Beutner founded Vision To Learn, a; non-profit that provides children with free eye exams and free glasses by bringing its mobile eye clinics to schools and to other neighborhood youth and community organizations.


In March 2016, Austin Beutner signed an amicus brief in support of The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals expansion and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans which would provide relief for millions of immigrant families and their communities.


In 1996 Austin Beutner co-founded Evercore Partners, an American independent investment banking advisory firm, with former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Roger Altman.


In January 2010, Austin Beutner was appointed by Antonio Villaraigosa to be the first deputy mayor of Los Angeles, with oversight of twelve city agencies, including the Port of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power and the Housing Authority, with over 17,000 employees.


The election was a year away when Austin Beutner suspended his efforts.


On May 1,2018, the Board appointed Austin Beutner and was met with criticism by United Teachers Los Angeles, who said that Beutner did not have any experience managing a school or a school district.


Austin Beutner pushed for the schools to become vaccination sites and for the district to do testing on students and faculty.


In 2021, Austin Beutner announced that he would step down on June 30.


In 2014, Austin Beutner took over as publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times when Eddy Hartenstein left to become the non-executive chairman of the board of Tribune Publishing.


When Tribune Publishing acquired the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2015, Austin Beutner was named its CEO and publisher, as well as CEO of the newly formed California News Group.


Austin Beutner was fired as publisher and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Times on September 8,2015.


Austin Beutner wrote on Facebook that the dismissal was not voluntary: "I am not departing by choice, nor is this some 'mutual agreement' on my part and Tribune Publishing".


Austin Beutner's firing was protested by a number of prominent community leaders.


In 2016, Austin Beutner was invited to speak about the role of the media in homeland security and his experiences in the media and public service at the US Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.


In September 2017, Austin Beutner was the keynote speaker of the Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Officers Association and United Firefighters of Los Angeles City first Leadership Symposium.