Featured Community Member

Carol E. Schatz

  • First Name: Carol E.
  • Last Name: Schatz
  • Title: Outstanding Community Member


Carol E. Schatz is the first woman to serve as President and CEO of the Central City Association (CCA) of Los Angeles.  Established in 1924, CCA is the Los Angeles’s premiere business advocacy organization representing major corporations, residential and commercial developers, law and accounting firms, and non-profits in Los Angeles.  Central City Association’s 450 members employ over 300,000 people in the Los Angeles region.  Carol’s dynamic and determined leadership has turned CCA into an advocacy powerhouse for businesses and revitalization efforts in Downtown Los Angeles.  Carol also serves as President and CEO of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID), a coalition of 480 property owners in the center of Downtown Los Angeles.

Carol’s vision and leadership has helped transform Downtown Los Angeles into a 24-hour destination venue.  She has marshaled state and local funding and incentives to help developers convert empty office buildings to housing.  This “Adaptive Reuse” initiative has resulted in over almost 18,000 new units of housing downtown.  In addition, her advocacy for Staples Center, LA Live, Grand Avenue, and the Figueroa Corridor has brought new life and vitality to these parts of Downtown.

Finally, it was Carol’s vision that led to the creation of the DCBID.  With a budget of almost $6 million, the DCBID has made Downtown safe and clean and brought millions of dollars in new investment to Downtown LA.

Carol Schatz has her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.  It is with great honor and pleasure that Central Area Community Police Station recognize Carol E. Schatz as Civilian of the Year for 2012.