Patricia Castellanos was raised within the district, in Carson, and raised her daughter in San Pedro. She’s a first grader at a local LAUSD elementary school. If elected, Castellanos would be the only current LAUSD parent on the Board. She will be a progressive voice who will always stand up for quality public education. Her record as a community organizer and progressive policy advocate is a clear indication of where she stands:
- She co-founded Reclaim Our Schools L.A. (ROSLA), a coalition of parents, teachers, students, school staff, and community organizations working to build support for public schools – and all students in L.A.
- As Deputy Director at L.A. Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), she led the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, which fought for and won a landmark agreement that reduced truck emissions at the Port and surrounding neighborhoods, helping tens of thousands of local children breathe cleaner air. She also was appointed to the Port Commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
- She currently serves as L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s Workforce Deputy, and began her career as an organizer and then Director of Policy Training and Education at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE).