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Rick Cole

Rick Cole

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


Rick Cole is the chief deputy controller for the City of Los Angeles who has been involved in homelessness policy since he organized California's first ever "homeless count" in 1993, during his term as mayor of Pasadena. Cole has spent three decades in public service as a deputy mayor in the City of LA and as city manager in Azusa, Ventura, and Santa Monica. He was recently elected to return to the seat on the Pasadena City Council that he held for 12 years. Cole has taught urban policy at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy and Occidental College and previously taught religion and politics at Fuller Theological Seminary and US History at Pasadena City College.


  • MS, Columbia University
  • AB, Occidental College 


  • Religion and Politics
  • Urban Policy
  • Local Government
  • Community


  • Leading Cities: Urban Policy in Action


  • Homelessness