Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 9.09.35 PMMeet the Hisserich Family, familiar faces in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz area whose members have spent a lifetime largely devoted to involvement in the life of our community. John Hisserich serves as a consultant to our representative in the California State Assembly, Paul Krekorian on Silver Lake and Los Feliz issues; the Hisserich’s daughter, Helmi is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Housing & Economic Development Policy (her partner Tori Patterson is a LAUSD librarian), while their son, Charles is a firefighter for the City of San Gabriel. Daughters Elizabeth and Alexandra play important roles too, Elizabeth is an attorney working at the University of Southern California and Alexandra is an assistant production coordinator at Warner Brothers. Mom, Susan Hisserich works as a sales assistant for a firm representing newspapers and is the “head cheerleader” for the clan. The children are all enrolled in area schools; Charles’ daughter Heather is a student at Glendale College, while Helmi and Tori’s daughter, Madeline, is a student at Ivanhoe.

Most of Los Feliz and Silver Lake are represented in the California State Assembly by Paul Krekorian, a Democrat who was elected in 2006. The 43rd Assembly District includes the cities of Glendale and Burbank, as well as most or all of the communities of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, North Hollywood and Valley Glen. Shortly after taking office, Krekorian asked Hisserich, who had met while both ran in the Democratic primary for the 43rd District in 2000 to join his staff. During the campaign, they had developed a mutual respect and friendship, and Hisserich was pleased to have the opportunity to work with him representing the neighborhoods that the Hisserichs call “home”.

John Hisserich has lived in the Silver Lake-Los Feliz area for over 30 years with his wife, Susan. In 2005, he retired from the University of Southern California where he served in several capacities, as Associate Vice President for Health Affairs, Deputy Director of the Norris Cancer Center, and professor of Public Health in the School of Pharmacy. (Ironically, Paul Krekorian’s wife Tamar was a student in his class).

“I enjoy interacting with people in the neighborhood, especially those who are involved in the neighborhood councils and residents’ organizations”, Hisserich said, “Assemblymember Krekorian stresses the importance of constituent service. I want to make sure that he is aware of how the community feels about the issues that are of concern to them.”

Pictured are the Hisserich Family at home in Silver Lake: Seated (L-R) Madeline, Susan, John and Alexandra; Standing (L-R) Helmi, Tori, Charles, Elizabeth and Heather.  Currently (July 2015) John Hisserich is serving as a Senior Consultant at  the City of Los Angeles