Jed Leano is serving his first term on the Claremont City Council (November 2018 – November 2022). In October 2019, he was named Democrat of the Year for the 41st Assembly District by the LA County Democratic Party. In August 2022, Mayor Leano was named a leader of the year for the 27th Congressional District.
For the last 4 years, Jed Leano has been a staunch advocate for housing affordability, services for people experiencing homelessness, mental health service delivery, complete streets, and sustainability. Mayor Leano serves as chair of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust Board, Chair of Tri-City Mental Health Board, and Claremont’s representative to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGV COG) Homelessness Committee. He represents the SGV COG on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Community Economic and Human Development Committee (CEHD), charged with the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) methodology, and represents SCAG on the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), charged with overseeing programs to reduce motor vehicle air pollution.
He serves as chair of the Claremont Lincoln University MPA program Advisory Council, Vice Chair of the Filipino American Democratic Caucus of the CA Democratic Party, and on the board of the San Gabriel Valley Immigration Resource Center.
Prior to his election to City Council, Mayor Leano served as the Vice Chair of the Community and Human Services Commission and was the founding Chair of Housing Claremont. Since 2011, he has served as lead attorney for the quarterly immigration and naturalization clinic at the United Methodist Church. He was founding board member and lead attorney of the Neighborhood Immigration Clinic in 2009, a state-wide pro-bono immigration law clinic, and served as Board Chair from 2012-2014. Prior to moving to Claremont, Jed resided in Pasadena, CA where he served as 80th President of the Pasadena Jaycees and National Legal Counsel for the United States Jaycees.
Mayor Leano works as an immigration attorney in private practice in Pasadena, CA. He was admitted to practice law by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2006. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in 2005 and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky in 2001. He and his wife Liz have one son, Welles.