Rafael Carbajal

B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, 2005

Alumnus Rafael Carbajal headshot

Rafael Carbajal was appointed as the Director of the Los Angeles County’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on January 5, 2021. Prior to his current role, he served as Acting Director and Chief Deputy Director at DCBA. As the Director of DCBA he leads the only local freestanding Consumer Protection agency in the State and oversees programs and initiatives that strive to improve the economic wellbeing of all residents. This includes Consumer and Worker Protections, Financial Empowerment, Immigrant Affairs, Housing and Tenant Protections, Access to Justice programs, and Cannabis Regulation.  

Rafael has dedicated his career to public service and is an experienced public service professional with almost 25 years of progressively responsible experience. Starting his career with the Department of Public Social Services and subsequently moving to Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services prior to joining DCBA. Over the years Rafael has been motivated by his desire and commitment to serve his community of Los Angeles through effective and meaningful programs and ensuring that those with the most need have access to these resources. His professional background includes both programmatic and administrative experience managing various areas of human resources, risk management, legislative affairs, and budgeting, as well as program development and implementation in the areas of social services, youth programming, and workforce and economic development.

Rafael is a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Administration. Fun Fact, Rafael is a gourmand and an avid jazz and hip-hop aficionado.