Rick Tuttle M.A. ’64, Ph.D ’75

1996 Public Service Award

Rick Tuttle is currently serving his third term as city controller of Los Angeles. Prior to being elected controller in 1985, Tuttle was a member of the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees for eight years, serving as president in 1982 – 1983.

As city controller, Tuttle has maintained a close review of proposed city expenditures and has initiated many new programs to improve efficiency in government. He was also instrumental in creating a civil rights ordinance that bans the city’s exclusive business clubs from discriminating against individuals because of race, religion or gender.

Tuttle is the recipient of the Equal Justice in Government Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Long active in community affairs, Tuttle has served on the board of directors for the Los Angeles West Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the board of directors for the University Religious Conference at UCLA. He previously served as a board member for the UCLA Alumni Association. In 1991, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award presented by the Pacific Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League. In June of 1992, Tuttle was presented with a Lifetime Membership Award from the Los Angeles Business Council in recognition of his services to the community.

A graduate, with honors and distinction, from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., Tuttle went on to receive his master’s degree and Ph.D. from UCLA. Prior to his service as city controller, he worked as an association dean of students and student affairs officer at UCLA. He was one of two people to whom the UCLA yearbook was dedicated in 1975.

A former president of the California Federation of Young Democrats, Tuttle served as co-chair of California Young Citizens for Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. He was also a civil rights worker in Georgia and Mississippi in 1963.

He is married to Muff Singer, and they have one daughter, Sarah Emily Tuttle-Singer.

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