Commissioner Caroline Torosis is a government affairs and non-profit attorney who works for Los Angeles County to pass laws and regulations that protect workers' and consumer rights, protect tenant rights, and promote a fair and vibrant rental marketplace. As a certified mediator, she has personally mediated hundreds of Unlawful Detainer cases where she has successfully helped tenants and landlords reach an amicable resolution and avoid eviction proceedings. She feels passionately about ensuring that the law is enforced in a fair and consistent manner.
Caroline is well versed in issues facing our community from both her personal and professional experience. Currently, she is the Director of Economic and Business Development for the County of Los Angeles. She promotes the economic and social well being of County residents by working on local policy and program development surrounding economic development and affordable housing. Caroline is currently leading the County's economic and jobs recovery response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Caroline has worked on minimum wage enforcement, financial literacy and small business development, and the County legislative agenda. Caroline helped author the County’s minimum wage enforcement ordinance and worked with internal and external stakeholders to establish a regional approach to minimum wage enforcement. Caroline has been instrumental in passing County sponsored legislation and testified in the California legislature to establish the County’s Foreclosure Prevention Program. Prior to working for the County, Caroline protected workers in cases of wage theft. She has also represented juvenile offenders in juvenile delinquency proceedings.
Within Los Angeles County, Caroline is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, and served on the Women’s Leadership Conference steering committee, bringing together over 900 leaders in government, business and the community to advance women’s interests. Caroline was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the Quality and Productivity Managers Network, which works to promote transparent and efficient government by leveraging technology and interdepartmental innovation to deliver better service to LA County residents.
Caroline is a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Management Council, the Southern California Mediation Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Caroline is an active alumna of UCLA. She is the immediate past Chair of the West Los Angeles Chancellor's Society, Chair Emeritus of the UCLA Young Alumni Development Council and works to engage philanthropy to support public education. She is also a board member of UCLA Women in Philanthropy, which encourages a spirit of giving in other women in the UCLA community.
Caroline and her husband Dan are proud Santa Monica residents, and in their spare time enjoy hiking with their dogs Penny and Olive.