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 Martha Alvarez

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Martha Alvarez

Martha Alvarez serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Government Relations for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She leads the Office of Government Relations, which advances the budget and policy interests of the nation’s second largest school district in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Prior to joining Los Angeles Unified, Martha worked as a Legislative Advocate for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the country. There she led advocacy on the state budget, school accountability, early childhood education and a host of other education issues. Before that, Martha served as the Director of Government Relations for the San Diego Unified School District and led all fiscal and education policy advocacy efforts. Martha serves on the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a co-founder of the Sacramento Latina Leaders Network.  She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education policy, organization and leadership from Stanford University.  

 Laura Matz

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Laura Matz

Laura Matz is the Senior Secretary for the Office of Government Relations and has been with the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2009.  She manages the daily responsibilities of the office and supports the Legislative Advocates in Sacramento.  She is very familiar with the California legislative process. Before joining the Government Relations Team, Laura worked at a private lobbying firm in a similar capacity. Laura is an avid runner, completing over thirty ultra-marathons since 2011.

 Colleen Pagter

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Colleen Pagter

Colleen Pagter is the Legislative Liaison responsible for conducting research and analysis on federal and state legislative issues as well as conducting critical assessments of the effect of legislation on District policies, programs, and procedures. Colleen has over 10 years of experience in government and legislative affairs. Before joining LAUSD, she worked for the Government and Legislative Affairs Division with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s (RR/CC) office where she researched and analyzed election legislation and policies, documented the Department's compliance with state and federal election regulations, and created marketing and educational material for the public. Previously, Colleen worked at the New York City Council for seven years, first as a Legislative Analyst in the Speakers Policy Unit and then as a Legislative Policy Analyst for the Council’s Legislative Division. While at the Council, Colleen analyzed state and federal legislation, drafted city legislation, prepared reports for government officials and the public, coordinated public hearings, and made policy recommendations to the Speaker and Council Members. Colleen received a Bachelor degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master degree in Public Administration from New York University.

 Enrique Ruacho

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Enrique Ruacho

Enrique Ruacho serves as the Legislative Advocate for the Office of Government Relations. He represents LAUSD in Sacramento on a wide range of state policy and regulatory topics. Enrique also attended LAUSD schools in South Central Los Angeles, and is a proud graduate of LAUSD’s own Dorsey High School.

Prior to joining LAUSD, Enrique served as the Legislative Advocate for the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) and advocated at the state and federal levels on behalf of the Association’s 4,000 members on school business and finance. Enrique also brings experience working for elected officials. He previously served as the District Representative for Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, where he worked with community stakeholders on K-12 education, higher education and economic development initiatives. Enrique also completed a Capitol Fellowship in the Office of Assemblyman Warren Furutani, where he worked on developing and shepherding bills through the legislative process on topics such as linked learning education, community colleges and public safety. Enrique's early policy interests focused on criminal justice and corrections spending for which he completed special projects for the California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and the former organization known as the California Budget Project. Enrique earned degrees in Criminology and Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.


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 Olga Shilo - Facilities Division

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Olga Shilo - Facilities Division

Olga was born in Ukraine and moved to California at the age of 10. Growing up in Ukraine, she witnessed a corrupt government, a desperate need for reforms of the rule of law, and the abuse of the legal systems in place. All these factors made her appreciate this country and ignited her interest in the laws and policies that govern California as well as the United States. She pursued an education and a career in politics and enjoys being a part of California’s legislative process. Olga completed her undergrad at California State University, Sacramento where she got her BA in International Relations. She successfully completed the Sacramento Semester Internship program which led to the start of her career in California politics. While working for various Assemblymembers she also completed a Master’s of Science in Law at McGeorge School of Law.  

During her most recent role in the Legislature as the Capitol Director for Assemblymember Maienschein her responsibilities included identifying the need for legislative action and developing and managing the Assemblymember’s legislative package. She coordinated and negotiate the development of legislative programs and specific legislation with interest groups, executive agencies, and committee staff. Furthermore, Olga provided background information for floor and committee proceedings as well as prepared position papers, speeches, statements, reports, and background materials to provide policy and strategic advice to the Assemblymember. She also managed the Capitol Office and staff where she implemented effective policies and procedures in place to ensure the smooth functioning of a high producing office. 

Olga possesses skills that contributed to her successful record of staffing legislation and running the Capitol Office for Assemblymember Maienschein 

In her spare time she enjoys participating in the Ukrainian community events, spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, and reading.