Blanca E. Gomez


    MSW, MPA

    Special Assistant
    blanca.e.gomez@lausd.net (213) 241-5619
    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




    Director of Constituent Services

    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.


     Lizette Patrón



    Chief of Staff

    lizette.patron@lausd.net (213) 241-6021

    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.


    Sonia Reza

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    Director of Administration
    sonia.reza@lausd.net (213) 241-6180

    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 11 grandchildren, all of whom aspire to go to college after graduation.