Mayor, Beverly Hills, CA
"I am pleased and grateful to have received the support of IAPAC. Their support helped me get my message to the voters of Beverly Hills."
Born in Shiraz, Iran, Jimmy Delshad is a beloved father, husband, son, brother, and friend who proudly serves as America’s highest-ranking Iranian American elected official as the Mayor of Beverly Hills. An award-winning entrepreneur and community leader, Delshad became mayor on March 27, 2007.
As a "general law city," Beverly Hills is governed by a five-member city council, which includes the mayor and vice-mayor. Every two years, two or three people are elected to serve four-year terms on the city council. According to tradition, the most senior member of the council is formally selected mayor at the first City Council meeting. Delshad, first elected to the city council in 2003, was next in line by seniority.
Delshad was reelected to the Beverly Hills City Council on March 6, 2007. He was one of six candidates running for two open city council seats in Beverly Hills.
Delshad immigrated to the United States in 1959 as a teenager. After obtaining his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, he embarked on a career in computer technology, going into business for himself in 1978 in the then-new field of computer storage technology. From 1999 through 2001, Delshad served as President of Los Angeles's Sinai Temple, one of the largest synagogues in the U.S. Delshad was the first Iranian American selected to lead a large American synagogue.
With two decades of experience as a business leader and community activist, Delshad understands the needs of Beverly Hills. As a council member, Delshad has worked to make Beverly Hills a safer and more secure community for all. He believes that it is important to emphasize growth that benefits the city directly. With his background in computer technology, Delshad brought forth “Smart City” initiatives for wireless technology, security camera technology for traffic control, and security for businesses and schools. His main ambition is to make Beverly Hills the “safest and smartest” community in America.
Occupation: Mayor, Beverly Hills California
Residence: Beverly Hills, CA
Prev. Occupations: Business Owner; President of Los Angeles's Sinai Temple
Prev. Political Exp.: City council/Vice Mayor Beverly Hills California
Education: BS University of Southern California