Board Member, District 2
Los Angeles Unified School District
Board Member Mónica García proudly represents Board District 2 at the Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest school district in the country with an elected board of education. Mónica’s election in June 2006 made her the 3rd Latina to serve on the Board of Education in its 155-year history. She was elected by her colleagues to serve an unprecedented eight years as Board President from 2007 to 2013.
Mónica and the educational justice movement have successfully championed school reform models that offer students smaller and more personalized settings, giving school sites the autonomy they need to prepare all students for college or career. With her bold call to action for “Diplomas for All,” L.A. Unified has taken aggressive action towards reaching 100% graduation, breaking the cycle of poverty, and ensuring that every student has access to learning with support and success. Monica has fought for restorative practices to reduce suspensions and expulsions, to increase equitable distribution of funds to our schools and increase outcomes for students.
Mónica led the campaign for Measure Q, the largest local school bond, which invests $7 billion towards repairing and upgrading schools, and building new facilities. The funds also brought health and human services and the $50 million Wellness Center Initiative to school campuses. She has encouraged local hiring in the largest public works program in the nation, building 131 new campuses, workforce housing, green space, libraries and athletic facilities across the district.
Previously, Mónica served as an Academic Advisor in South Los Angeles at Foshay Learning Center and Edison Middle School as part of the Volunteers of America’s Educational Talent Search Program. She also served as the Chief of Staff in L.A. Unified, Board District 2, for 4 years.
Mónica graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in Chicano Studies and Political Science. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants who met at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School.