Eduardo has dedicated his entire career to serving his community. He has served as a non-profit leader, community organizer, and policy advisor to both the LAUSD and the Obama White House. He is now running to serve his community as the next LAUSD Board Member for District 5, a district he knows well because he grew up and attended K-12 schools in it. Eduardo went to Miles Elementary, Gage Middle School, and then graduated from Huntington Park High School — Go Spartans!
Eduardo is a first-generation Latino with immigrant and working class roots. He is proud to be a first-generation college student, and to have earned a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. He also holds a Master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in urban and education policy from the University of Chicago. But while Eduardo’s had some amazing professional and academic opportunities, he knows his story shouldn’t be the exception, it should be the norm. That’s why he’s running for District 5 and why he’ll work to ensure educational success for all LAUSD kids.
If you’re from the area, you’ve probably worked with Eduardo. Ever since he was a student at Huntington Park High School, he’s been involved in the community. As a high school student, he supported environmental justice efforts to address health issues caused by the toxic industrial plants in the neighboring community of Vernon, Calif. In college, he worked in support of California’s groundbreaking state legislation, SB 965, banning junk food and sodas from schools.
These early experiences instilled in him a deep belief in community advocacy and grassroots organizing. It is why one of his first jobs out of college was as a community organizer working to organize working-class Latino neighborhoods to address health disparities and to fight childhood obesity and diabetes.
Eduardo has also served his community as a policy advisor to the LAUSD and to former Board Member Yolie Flores. At the LAUSD, he worked on the development, adoption, and implementation of policies that fostered academic achievement, supported teacher-led innovation and strengthened parent engagement. Eduardo advised the Board of Education on matters related to the LAUSD’s new school and modernization construction initiative and helped build new schools to alleviate overcrowding and finally put an end to year-round, multi-track academic calendars at LAUSD.
Eduardo knows how to make government work for people. He served at the federal government level as an Obama administration appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, D.C. At the DOL, Eduardo worked to ensure a strong voice in the workplace for workers, fought for an increased minimum wage, and supported workforce development and youth training programs to prepare the next generation of young people for lifelong success.
While in Washington, D.C., Eduardo also advocated in support of hospital and healthcare industry workers at Service Employees International Union (SEIU). As an organizer, he worked on grassroots advocacy strategies that promoted and protected worker rights and better wages.
At a time when our healthcare system and access to affordable healthcare was under attack, Eduardo advocated in support of efforts to strengthen and protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He also fought against Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court case that attacks collective bargaining and the freedoms of working people to join together in strong unions to speak up for themselves and their communities. His experience in Washington, D.C. has given him a national perspective on how to work with decision-makers in the U.S. Congress and the federal government to advocate for more resources for LAUSD communities.
Most recently and prior to running for District 5, Eduardo served as the national census director at NALEO Educational Fund, a non-profit organization that advocates for strong civic engagement and empowers Latinos to participate fully in the American political process. He led the national outreach campaign that works to promote a full, fair, and accurate decennial Census in 2020.
Eduardo and his wife Diane are both products of Los Angeles public schools and currently reside in Board District 5’s Echo Park community.