About Tanya Ortiz Franklin
Tanya Ortiz Franklin is the Board Member for LA Unified School Board District 7, where she was previously a student, teacher, teacher-educator and advocate. After graduating with her BA from Columbia University, Tanya earned her MA in Elementary Education while teaching sixth grade English and social studies at Stephen White Middle.
During the Great Recession, she was laid off from LAUSD and decided to attend the UCLA School of Law, specializing in Public Interest Law & Policy and Critical Race Studies. While in law school, she began working at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools—a non-profit that manages 19 LA Unified schools in Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles and Watts—where she first focused on educator development, then on school culture and equitable policies and practices. Tanya serves to ensure all students graduate fully prepared to thrive in the college and career of their choice.
In her spare time, Tanya enjoys taking day-long hikes, running, traveling and getting lost in a great novel.