Blanca E. Gomez, MSW, MPA
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Blanca Gomez is the daughter of immigrants, born and raised in East Los Angeles. As an agent of educational justice, Blanca co-founded S.I. Scholars, an early college outreach program in the Eastside and participated in the East Los Angeles Education Collaborative with the purpose of increasing educational access and opportunities.
For more than a decade, Blanca worked in LA County as a Children’s Social Worker with the Latino Family Preservation Program and the Wraparound program with the Department of Children Family Services (DCFS). She fought for reforms at the largest public child welfare system in the nation as the elected Regional Vice President of SEIU Local 721 Executive Board where she represented 90,000 working men and women fighting for policies and programs to support youth, families and a stronger LA.
Blanca graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies. She earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State University, Northridge. She has been married for 22 years and is the mother of two boys.
Klarissa Palacios, MPA
Director of School and Community Relations
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Klarissa Palacios was born and raised in Montebello, CA and attended local public schools. She worked as Assistant Director for various projects at East Los Angeles College for 7 years. Her father is a retired LAUSD teacher; mother is the Director at Eastmont Community Center. Following in her parent's footsteps, Klarissa is contributing to her community as the Director of Constituent Services for Board District 2. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and her Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.
Chief of Staff
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Lizette Patrón was born and raised in Pico Union and graduated from Hamilton High school. She worked with InnerCity Struggle for 10 years, as the Site Organizer at Garfield High School, then becoming the Education and Communications Coordinator and later the Director of Education Policy. Lizette is a graduate of Cal State Northridge, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies. She has over 10 years of experience in training young people of color to challenge existing inequalities in schools through communications. She led InnerCity Struggle’s media messaging, media strategy and popular education curriculum development for adults and youth.
Director of Administration
Sonia Reza has committed more than 13 years to the children in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Boyle Heights, she proudly attended Bridge Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle and Wilson High School. Her extensive career in government has taken her from City Hall, to the California’s Capitol in Sacramento and back again to Los Angeles. As Director of Administration, Sonia puts her experience and management skills to work to make sure that our office runs smoothly and she focuses on addressing the concerns of students and families in Board District 2 to help get them on the path to graduation. She is the proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren, all of whom aspire to go to college after graduation.
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Mindy Shim was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 8 years old. She spent most of her childhood in Southern California and Portland, Oregon before attending the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate studies. She joined a teaching corps in 2011, which kicked off her professional work as a Los Angeles educator. Her first ever teaching role was summer school at Stevenson Middle School, a Board District 2 school. She pursued a master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Administration and Public Policy at Loyola Marymount University. Since then, she has taught in different regions of Los Angeles including Westchester, Koreatown and South LA, with a heavy focus in family engagement, trauma-informed pedagogy and social justice. As the Communications Manager of Board District 2, Mindy effectively communicates Board President Mónica García’s vision, mission and goals through both traditional and social media platforms.
Andrew Murphy, MEd, MIS
Public Policy Fellow
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Andrew Murphy (장태수) is a Leadership for Educational Equity Public Policy Fellow who supports President García’s key initiatives through strategic research, stakeholder engagement, policy creation and implementation. Prior to working for the Board, Andrew’s over 10 years of experience in public policy, K-12 education, program management, and community engagement include performing policy roles for the National Assembly of Korea and Governor of Kentucky, creating and leading a city-wide education program for the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and teaching fifth grade as a public school teacher. Andrew completed a Master of International Studies with emphasis in Korean History from Seoul National University as an invited Korean Government Scholar and a Master of Education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He is passionate about educational equity and Asian Pacific Islander American leadership development. He is a proud Board District 2 resident.