The Honorable John A. Mirisch was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council in 2009, 2013 and 2017. He served as mayor in 2013-2014 and 2016-2017 and is currently serving as vice mayor.
A fourth generation Beverly Hills resident, Vice Mayor Mirisch lived abroad for a number of years, working as a film executive in marketing and distribution, before returning to his hometown.
Prior to his devoting the past few years to public service, Mr. Mirisch worked as an executive at Paramount Pictures, one of the world’s leading film companies, where he ran the International theatrical sales department. Before that, he oversaw international distribution for IMAX, the world’s most well-known premium movie-going experience. In addition, he worked with United International Pictures as the Managing Director of its Swedish and Austrian offices. While in Europe, he was selected to serve on the boards of the Austrian and Swedish Film Distributors' Associations, as well as the Swedish Academy Awards Selection Committee.
During his first term as mayor, he formed the Sunshine Task Force, aimed at making Beverly Hills into a model for local governmental transparency and public participation. The Sunshine Task Force has become a permanent fixture within City government, having recently authored a new lobbyist ordinance which the Council passed into law. Mr. Mirisch also was the architect of the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission, which was created in 2012 to honor the City’s rich history and architectural legacy.
During his second term as mayor, Mr. Mirisch created the City’s pioneering autonomous vehicle project, unanimously approved by the Council; the vision of this initiative is to incorporate autonomous vehicle technology within public transportation and to develop a municipal autonomous shuttle system to provide on demand, point-to-point transportation throughout Beverly Hills. Together with his colleague, the Honorable Lili Bosse, he also personally negotiated the largest development agreement in the City’s history, worth an estimated $820 million in municipal revenue over 30 years.
A firm believer that local government, when done right, is the best form of democracy, as it is closest to the people, Vice Mayor Mirisch intends to work for the legislative year of 2018-2019 with other likeminded elected officials throughout the state to vigorously safeguard communities statewide by protecting local rights from the incursions of Sacramento politicians and special interest groups. Vice Mayor Mirisch attended Hawthorne Elementary and Beverly Hills High School. There he followed in a tradition started by his mother Wendy Goldberg, who attended public school in Beverly Hills, as did his brother Richard Mirisch and his sister Amanda Goldberg. He also graduated magna cum laude from Yale University. He has a son Vin, who attends Horace Mann in Beverly Hills and who enjoys playing baseball and attending Dodger games, other sporting events, as well as classical music concerts and the opera with his father. In addition to being a film enthusiast, Vice Mayor Mirisch enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. Together with his brother Richard, he has three fantasy baseball championships to his credit, having won the Showbiz Baseball league in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Vice Mayor Mirisch and his son Vin are both proud members of the Geelong Football Club of the Australian Football League.
Mr. Mirisch, a dual Swedish-American citizen, is the first Swedish national to serve as mayor of Beverly Hills.