Josh Yeager is a second generation Angeleno and a lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley. He grew up in Los Angeles’s 12th Council District in Granada Hills, and currently resides in Chatsworth. Josh received his education from schools in the district including Van Gogh Elementary, Egremont, Chatsworth Hills Academy and Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills.
At the University of California, San Diego, Josh found a deep interest in politics and government, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He volunteered with the Freedom of Information Organization, a group created to raise awareness about the lack of transparency in government. After graduation, he returned home to become the Alzheimer’s Association’s Ambassador for the 30th Congressional District and joined the committee for the district’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Throughout the years, Josh’s love for service and civic engagement has grown from a hobby to a full-time passion project. He began his career in public affairs where he gained a deep appreciation for community organizing and an understanding of Los Angeles’s government. He is an active stakeholder in the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council as the Secretary for the Land Use Committee and an active member on the council’s Outreach Committee. More recently, Josh has been working closely with Caltrans, the County of Los Angeles and the City of LA to convert a perpetual dumping site into a neighborhood circuit park.
The value of hard work, community, and public service was passed down in Josh’s family from generation to generation. The family’s origins and struggles arriving from Lithuania, Poland, Mexico and America’s heartland to Los Angeles gave Josh a traditional, yet unique perspective on the importance of giving back and public service.
Josh’s maternal grandfather, Tony Adelsberg, was one of five children born in Nowy Dwor, Poland. At a young age, Papa Tony was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto and was the only member of his family to survive numerous concentration camps, including Auschwitz. After liberation, Tony immigrated to the U.S. with just the clothes on his back. In Los Angeles, he met and eventually married Sara Feldman, an immigrant from Mexico City. Grandma Sara helped to support her family while taking English classes to become a U.S. citizen.
Being so far from their countries of origin and having experienced incredible hardship to get to Los Angeles, Tony and Sarah committed themselves to establishing roots in the local community and to building a home for their family. They understood that the only way to give back to the country that provided them with an opportunity to achieve prosperity, they had to become contributing members of their community. Together, Tony and Sarah became small business owners and opened a neighborhood market, where they raised Josh’s mother, Charlene, and her two siblings.
Josh’s mother Charlene carried those same values throughout her life and when she met Josh’s father Steve, whose hard work and perseverance brought him to Los Angeles to play 14 seasons of baseball with the Dodgers, they started a family with the understanding that they would raise their children to value hard work and the importance of giving back to the community. They raised Josh and his younger brother Evan in Granada Hills, where the family remains active members of the community as local business owners and entrepreneurs.
Commitment to Public Service
A community with good neighbors and equal opportunity is a strong community. Through the experiences of his family, Josh has an immense appreciation for the obstacles and challenges of life and the need for leadership, opportunity, good will, and a commitment to the greater good. Josh is grateful to be a member of a community where members look out for one another and share the same values. He has internalized the lessons his family has taught him and is continuing in their footsteps, looking for ways to give back and strengthen the community he calls home.
Josh is running for the 12th Council District to bring back true public service, passion for the greater good, and expanding prosperity and opportunity.