William T Fujioka, a public administrator with 36 years of experience in local government, has served since 2007 as chief executive officer of the County of Los Angeles, the largest county in the nation with more than 100,000 employees. He manages a $23 billion budget and is responsible for countywide policy and program leadership.
As CEO, Fujioka oversees the delivery of services to the county's more than 10 million residents, including health and social programs, public safety and municipal services, and programs for recreation, culture, and the arts. At the top of his priority list is the delivery of health care services to low-income residents. One of his major accomplishments was heading efforts to build a new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in South Los Angeles, in partnership with the University of California. Fujioka was born and raised in Los Angeles County and has spent his entire career working as a public servant for city and county government.
Fujioka says that attending UCSC in the '70s, with its distinctive learning environment, helped frame his social awareness and provided the foundation for a career in public service. "In Los Angeles County," Fujioka says, "we have an opportunity to provide meaningful and lasting contributions that improve the lives of those we serve; and we do so with great pride, commitment, and dedication."