• Alison Yoshimoto-Towery, Chief Academic Officer

    “A quality, public education is the foundation of the American dream. Supporting a student to reach to the unreachable, see the invisible, and believe in themselves -changes a life and every life that child will ever know and influence.”

    Alison Yoshimoto-Towery

    Alison Yoshimoto-Towery is Chief Academic Officer of Los Angeles Unified for more than 550,000 students in one of the nation’s largest and most diverse school districts. She oversees birth to adult education, including specialized programs for English learners, Standard English learners, Gifted learners, academic counseling, guiding post-secondary success, advanced placement programs, linked learning and career technical education. Most important to Alison is leading from an equity lens and rethinking how “business as usual” is done to meet the needs of those students and communities historically underserved by public education. 

    Alison has served Los Angeles Unified for more than 28 years as a teacher, principal, director and top administrator, and represents the Los Angeles community on a number of local, state and national working groups. She is a fierce advocate of high expectations for all students and believes it is up to educators to find a way to reach every child. She champions multi-tiered systems of support for the whole child and doing "whatever it takes" so students are ready to thrive in college, career, and life.

    The great-granddaughter of Japanese-American migrant farmworkers, Alison learned the values of hard work and perseverance during her childhood in Boyle Heights and Monterey Park, California. Through her family’s experience, she understands the importance of ensuring all students feel proud of their heritage, and is dedicated to providing them with opportunities that celebrate biculturalism and bilingualism.

    Alison has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine; a master’s degree in education and reading specialist credential from Cal State Los Angeles; and a master’s degree in education and an administrative credential from UCLA. In 2020, Alison was awarded the Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year for the Association of California Administrators, Region 16.

    She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and twin sons who attend school in Los Angeles Unified.



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