January 11, 2021: The Los Angeles, CA, County Board of Supervisors have appointed Rafael Carbajal as the Consumer and Business Affairs Department Director. Carbajal has served as Acting Director since early September 2020, filling the position vacated by Joseph M. Nicchitta. The new director, who previously served the Department as Chief Deputy Director, led an expansive portfolio of programs and numerous Countywide economic development initiatives, including expanding small business support and strengthening financial consumer protection laws. Carbajal also led efforts to implement Board-approved rent stabilization and tenant protection programs as well as legal assistance initiatives for the immigrant community. Carbajal has been with the County for over 20 years. He started as an eligibility worker with the Department of Public Social Services and moved up the ranks as he pursued many opportunities within the County, taking roles in administration, policy, auditing, and human resources. While at the Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services he worked in employee relations, risk management, performance management, and litigations. As part of the Department’s executive team he was responsible for strategic planning, legislation and public relations and finally, served as Director of Business Services and Strategic Partnerships prior to joining the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Carbajal received his bachelors from Cal State Dominguez Hills.