Thank you for taking the time to read more about me and my campaign for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, Seat No. 3.
I’m the grandson of an immigrant laborer, a factory worker, a waitress and a Teamster. I am a first-generation college graduate who started at community college. I am now a senior executive at Sony Pictures.
I’m running for the Board of Trustees because I think the District is in desperate need of a Trustee with a modern approach to management and who has been on the frontlines of a changing, global economy – particularly now as we fight COVID-19 and re-build our democracy.
Although you don’t know me, I want you to know that I am a long time member of the Democratic Party and a supporter of progressive candidates. My political awakening began in high school when Congressman Leon E. Panetta appointed me to be his page in the U.S. House of Representatives. I later went on to intern in California Senate Majority Leader Henry J. Mello’s district office and in Bill Clinton’s White House. Although I ultimately took a path that led me to the entertainment industry, I've always given my time and my money to the candidates and causes that I believe in.
I am a husband and father of two young children, and I’m desperately worried about the future of Los Angeles. I know my unique set of skills and experiences would greatly improve the management of this District over the next four years and create a better future for every one of us.
I look forward to speaking with you about my candidacy.
PRIORITY #1: Managing through the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting employment and pay while meeting student needs in a challenging economic environment.
Tackling housing and food insecurity issues head-on using models that more innovative community college systems elsewhere have used.
Focus on the future of work, preparing the District’s students for the economic changes that we know are coming and that COVID is only accelerating.
Champion reforms to make the District’s management more accountable to the Board and to reform the Board as a political institution with an emphasis on campaign finance reform.