• Kelly Gonez Kelly Gonez is a member of the Board of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) representing Board District 6, which encompasses most of the East San Fernando Valley. As a Board Member, she has pushed to boost student readiness and remove barriers to college and careers. As a Board Member, she has pushed to boost student readiness and remove barriers to college and careers. She championed a focus on student growth to support school improvement and, thanks to her efforts, all LAUSD juniors now take college admissions tests for free during the school day. She has also been a leader in advocating for increased public education funding and ensuring equitable resources for the East Valley. Her policy work has further focused on the most vulnerable students, including the homeless, foster youth, and LGBTQ youth.

    Kelly grew up in an immigrant family in the neighborhood of Mission Hills in the Northeast San
    Fernando Valley. She was the first in her family to attend college. While earning her
    undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, she worked three jobs, over 50 hours a week, to pay her
    way through college and support her working family. After she graduated college, she returned
    to be a teacher in LAUSD.

    Kelly first taught geometry at an LAUSD high school. She then served the kids and families of the Northeast Valley as a 6th-grade science teacher from 2011-2014 in Lake View Terrace. As a teacher, Kelly helped her students achieve dramatic academic gains. She pioneered an anti-bullying initiative, developed her school’s inaugural science fair, and led Common Core implementation for her school. Despite the progress her students were making, Kelly saw firsthand how much more support was needed to give students and families the best opportunity for success.

    While teaching, Kelly organized for President Obama’s re-election campaign in East Las Vegas. She also advised the LAUSD Board of Education on education policy issues, including teacher leadership, equity, and school discipline, and served as a Commissioner on the LAUSD Human Relations Commission. Kelly earned her Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University, writing her thesis on supporting English Language Learners in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (commonly referred to as STEM).

    In 2014, Kelly was appointed by President Obama in his Administration to serve as an education policy advisor. She secured over $50 million in additional education funding while leading the Obama Administration’s advocacy to increase education funding and support for special populations, including English language learners, immigrant students, homeless students, students in foster care, justice-involved youth, and others.

    Kelly is the youngest woman and Latina ever elected to the LAUSD School Board. She lives with her husband and two young children in North Hollywood.