Meet the Team
 Jeff Dunn

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Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn serves as the Director of the Office of Government Relations. Mr. Dunn is a senior executive with over 20 years of legislative and government relations experience across a broad range of public sector agencies. Most recently, Mr. Dunn directed the legislative affairs of the Southern California Association of Governments, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization and council of governments, serving 191 cities and six counties across the region on a wide range of issues at the state and federal level. In this role, Mr. Dunn worked on policy matters affecting transportation, land-use and local development, the budget, affordable housing, environmental justice and more. Prior to that, Mr. Dunn was the Legislative Analyst for the Los Angeles County Courts, overseeing legislation impacting state funding, facilities, labor, and realignment of the nation’s largest trial court system.  Additionally, Mr. Dunn has worked on staff of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. 

 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 Analyst 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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 Eric Bakke - Facilities Division

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Eric Bakke - Facilities Division

Eric Bakke serves in the Facilities Division as the Legislative Advocate. Mr. Bakke has worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2006 as a Legislative Advocate. In this capacity, Mr. Bakke primarily represents LAUSD’s school facilities interests at the state and federal level working with elected officials, state and federal agencies, and various organizations and associations. In addition to school facilities issues, Mr. Bakke also advocates on attendance/truancy issues, campus safety, student discipline, food service, business operations, and energy conservation issues.

Mr. Bakke has represented LAUSD through its various associations, such as the Californians for School Facilities (Chair – 2012-2014); active participant on the Legislative Advisory Committee for the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (2010-2012); Implementation Committee member to the State Allocation Board which is tasked with advising the Board on the development of new regulations for the State School Facility Program; and a member of the California Department of Education, School Facilities and Transportation Services Division Advisory Committee (2011-2015).

Mr. Bakke is also currently the Chair of the San Juan Unified School District’s Bond Oversight Committee providing oversight to that school district’s $350 million school construction bond program. Mr. Bakke earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.