Board President Steve Zimmer

L.A. Unified

  • Biography

    Steve Zimmer


    Steve Zimmer is current President of the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school District in the nation. He is a 17-year veteran teacher, counselor, and community activist.

    His teaching career began in 1992 after graduation from Goucher College when he joined Teach for America working as an ESL teacher at Marshall High School in Silver Lake. At Marshall, he developed innovative programs such as the Comprehensive Student Support Center, which provides free medical services to students and their families. He also founded the Elysian Valley United Community Services Center (CSC), a community owned and operated agency that provides a continuation and after school program as well as recreation and enrichment programs for the community. 

    Elected first in 2009 and re-elected in 2013, Steve continued his work serving youth and their families as a School Board Member. He was elected Board President in July 2015. Throughout his board tenure, he has continued to play a pivotal role in establishing school-community initiatives to support and stabilize families, as well as serve youth pushed out of the system. 

    Zimmer is the founder of Student Recovery Day, first launched in 2009 and now modeled by other districts throughout the State of California—a District-wide event to encourage students with excessive absences to return to school by visiting these students at their homes and in their communities. He also established a unique partnership with Youth Policy Institute's FamilySource Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District. This gave an opportunity for LAUSD services to be offered onsite at the FamilySource Center including pupil Services, attendance, and psychiatric social worker counseling, adult ESL classes, and a continuation high school for homeless youth. 

    He has authored numerous resolutions to support and affirm all students including those who are undocumented, living in poverty or experience homelessness, LGBTQ students and those students learning English as a second language. He has also received numerous award recognitions including 2015 Good Food Hero from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council for his continued work to improve the nutrition program within LAUSD by leading policy implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program. 

    Steve Zimmer is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including 2012 Elected Official of the Year from the California School Counseling Association, Good Food Hero of the Year from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service from Goucher College.