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Tuesday May 16, 2017 — Local Elections

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Steven Zimmer

Teacher/School Boardmember
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Advocate for significant investment in early education to close the school readiness gap
  • Continue building and promoting innovative programs that prepare all students for meaningful and creative careers
  • Continue managing district finances responsibly and strategically



Profesión:LAUSD School Board President
Adjunct Professor, Occidental College (2011–current)
Adjunct Professor, California State University, Long Angeles (2006–current)
Board President, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Governors — Cargo elegido (2009–current)
Board Member, Board of Governors for Los Angeles Unified School District — Cargo elegido (2009–current)
President, Board of Governors for Los Angeles Unified School District — Cargo elegido (2015–current)
Intervention Programs Director, LAUSD, John Marshall High School (1999–2009)
Teacher, English as a Second Language (ESL), English, Education, History, LAUSD, John Marshall High School (1992–2009)
Project IMPACT Counselor, LAUSD, John Marshall High School (1992–2009)


California State University, Los Angeles Master's of Science, Counseling and Administration (2006)
Chapman University Single Subject Credential in English, Supplemental Authorization in Social Studies, CLAD Credential , Education (1996)
Goucher College Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Political Science, American Studies (1992)

Actividades comunitarias

Director, Youth and Family Services, Elysian Valley United (1995–current)
Member, Board of Advisors, Peace Over Violence (2007–current)
Member, Community Relations Committee, The Los Angeles Dodgers (2004–2009)
Board Member and Land Use and Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Elysian Valley-Riverside Neighborhood Council, City of Los Angeles (2002–2005)


Steve Zimmer is current President of the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school District in the nation. He is a 17-year veteran teacher, counselor, and community activist.


His teaching career began in 1992 after graduation from Goucher College when he joined Teach for America working as an ESL teacher at Marshall High School in Silver Lake. At Marshall, he developed innovative programs such as the Comprehensive Student Support Center, which provides free medical services to students and their families.  He also founded the Elysian Valley United Community Services Center (CSC), a community owned and operated agency that provides a continuation and after school program as well as recreation and enrichment programs for the community.


Elected first in 2009 and re-elected in 2013, Steve continued his work serving youth and their families as a School Board Member. He was elected Board President in July 2015. Throughout his board tenure, he has continued to play a pivotal role in establishing school-community initiatives to support and stabilize families, as well as serve youth pushed out of the system.


Zimmer is the founder of Student Recovery Day, first launched in 2009 and now modeled by other districts throughout the State of California—a District-wide event to encourage students with excessive absences to return to school by visiting these students at their homes and in their communities. He also established a unique partnership with Youth Policy Institute's FamilySource Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District.   This gave an opportunity for LAUSD services to be offered onsite at the FamilySource Center including pupil Services, attendance, and psychiatric social worker counseling, adult ESL classes, and a continuation high school for homeless youth. 


He has authored numerous resolutions to support and affirm all students including those who are undocumented, living in poverty or experience homelessness, LGBTQ students and those students learning English as a second language. He has also received numerous award recognitions including 2015 Good Food Hero from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council for his continued work to improve the nutrition program within LAUSD by leading policy implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program.   

Steve Zimmer is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including Elected Official of the Year from the California School Counseling Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service from Goucher College.   

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (5)

  • LA School Police Officers Association
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • LA County Democratic Club
  • CSEA LA 500
  • United Teachers of Los Angeles

Funcionarios electos (7)

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • Congressmember Karen Bass
  • Congressmember Maxine Waters
  • City Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
  • Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Individuos (1)

  • Jonathan Kozol, writer, educator, activist

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I’m running for re-election because I want to keep working together with our LAUSD family to improve our schools and public education. We’re made real and substantial change since I got on the Board, raising graduation rates from 56% to 75%, increasing arts programs, science education, expanding magnet and language programs. But our work is far from done. I believe we need to redouble our efforts in these areas and focus our energy. We need to invest in expanding early childhood education so all students are ready for school. We need to make sure all students are reading by 9.  And we cannot rest until all our programs are rich in the social emotional learning that every student needs to excel.


Leading on LAUSD’s School Board requires important skills that I bring to the table. First and foremost, the Board is responsible for a multi-billion dollar budget that must be managed responsibly and strategically.  Our investments must reflect the priorities of all our communities and we must make sure every student receives the same high quality of education in every one of our schools.  Over the last 8 years that I’ve been on the Board, we have balanced our budgets and the District’s AAA credit rating is the highest a public agency can get.  We have weathered many significant crises, from the recession to leadership changes.  Every time, we have responded by bringing the LAUSD family together and getting to better through the binding power of collaboration, not competition.


And we must do better. We must accelerate our progress on academics. We must make sure our programs run efficiently and effectively. We must make sure our school environments allow the highest level of teaching and learning to happen by providing all the supports that are needed for students, teachers, staff and families.


Advocating for all students has been the cornerstone of my leadership.  I wake up every morning committed to making sure LAUSD lives up to the values of public education to serve every student that comes to our door. Some days this means supporting immigrant students in realizing their American dream. Other days it’s making sure our schools are free of bullying and violence and have the support (such as site-based health clinics) that students and families need. And sometimes it’s ensuring that schools have gardens that are connected to classroom learning, and that the food we serve our students has met the highest nutritional, environmental and animal welfare standards.

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