Otto Solórzano has served as Acting Director of Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) since February 2019. In this capacity, he leads efforts to achieve the Department’s strategic priorities, while overseeing all departmental programs and operations, including Adult Protective Services, the Area Agency on Aging, Human Relations and the America’s Job Centers. Prior to serving as Acting Director, Otto served as the Chief Deputy Director of WDACS since 2006.
Otto has extensive experience developing and operationalizing innovative, partnership-driven, and outcome-focused initiatives and programs to achieve key priorities of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – from Youth@Work and L.A. FOUND to a modernized network of America’s Job Centers and increased alignment of County workforce development programs. Through these efforts, he has significantly enhanced the reach and capacity of WDACS by establishing new partnerships with County departments, community-based organizations, educational institutions, businesses, labor organizations, and other entities with shared goals and clients.
He strategically manages organizations and operations to achieve outcomes and efficiencies. At WDACS he automated all departmental contracts and case management activities of APS social workers, transitioned landline phones to iPhones and established a data management system to provide managers and staff with immediate financial and program performance information to strengthen decision-making.
Prior to joining WDACS, Otto served as the Budget Director and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Public Social Services. He serves as Board member of the California Workforce Association (CWA) and Mt. San Antonio Gardens, a life care community in the Pomona area. He has an MPA in Public Financial Management from New York University, an MA in Communications from Wheaton College and a BA in Philosophy from Asbury University.