Audience in Lecture






Board Member


Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)


Mónica García serves on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education. First elected in 2006, she continues to galvanize the LAUSD school community with bold initiatives that have contributed to an increase in graduation rates from 45 to 68 percent. She is an effective policy maker with a focus on high-impact progressive policies. García is an education warrior for the children of Los Angeles with a clear goal of 100% graduation.

García champions school reform models that increase student achievement, provide students personalized instruction, and grant educators greater instructional and budgetary independence. She has supported fully funding student needs with a $7 billion school bond and a $50 million increase in the district’s investment in school-based health and wellness centers. She also supports educational justice and accountability in the form of School Report Cards and increased academic support for English Language Learners and youth that have had previous interaction with the criminal justice system.

Prior to joining the Board of Education, García served as Chief of Staff to LAUSD Board President José Huizar. Through her earlier work as a guidance counselor in South Los Angeles, she solidified her belief that with opportunities and support, every child can learn. García was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Chicano Studies and Political Science, and earned her M.S.W. from the University of Southern California.