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 (AJCCs). 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 employment programs for people experiencing homelessness, youth, and justice-involved individuals, to a modernized network of America’s Job Centers and increased alignment of the County’s workforce development programs, as well as promoting the safety and well-being of older generations and supporting LA County’s diverse communities. Through these efforts, and by establishing new partnerships with County departments, community-based organizations, educational institutions, businesses, labor organizations, and other agencies with shared goals and clients, he has significantly enhanced WDACS’ services to LA County residents.
As Acting Director, Otto has brought transformative changes to WDACS to eliminate bureaucracy, increase efficiencies in internal operations, and expand service delivery to clients. To achieve these priorities, Otto led efforts to automate all departmental contracts and case management activities of APS social workers, transitioned operations to a mobile workforce, and launched a 21st Century data management system 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. Otto 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.