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The Choice of the Democratic Party
Our Teachers, and Working Families
Patricia Castellanos is the only candidate endorsed by

The LA County Democratic Party, the 33,000+ frontline teachers of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), SEIU Local 99 Education Workers United, LA County Federation of Labor, International Longshore and Warehouse Union SCDC, United Farm Workers of America, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD School Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic, California Assembly Member Mike Gipson, UFW Co-founder Dolores Huerta, and so many more...


I am running for school board because I have dedicated my career to fighting for the most vulnerable. It's also personal.

As the daughter of immigrant workers, I see my family reflected in the thousands of families who send their children to our public schools. They depend on us to deliver on the hope that their children will have a better future through quality public education.

Why I'm Running For School Board
To our LAUSD families and to my own daughter: I won't let you down.
A Proven Fighter for Our Public Schools

A parent, community organizer, and champion for our students, Patricia Castellanos has spent over 20 years fighting for quality schools, good jobs, and clean air for our kids. Now Patricia is running to bring her proven progressive record to the LAUSD Board to protect and strengthen our neighborhood schools.

If elected, Patricia would be the only board member with a child attending an LAUSD public school. Patricia is a lifelong resident of LAUSD District 7. A daughter of immigrant workers, she grew up in Carson and is now raising her daughter in San Pedro. 

Patricia earned her bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach and began her career as an organizer and then Director of Policy Training and Education at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education. She organized in South L.A. to address historic disinvestment in black and brown communities, creating good-paying public sector jobs right here in the district.

Patricia serves as the Workforce and Economic Development Deputy for LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, creating opportunities for vulnerable populations, including helping young people find their way out of poverty, homelessness, and the juvenile justice system.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Patricia has been working with County Departments to set up recovery programs for small businesses and protections for workers risking their health as they return to the workplace.

Proven Leadership and Experience

Fought to Improve Our Local Public Schools

Patricia co-founded Reclaim Our Schools LA, a coalition of parents, students and teachers that fought to transform high-needs LAUSD schools. Thanks to Patricia and the coalition she helped to build, the District ultimately committed to a $12 million initiative to strengthen 30 public schools.

Protected Our Environment in the Harbor Area

Patricia led the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, as Deputy Director at L.A. Alliance for a New Economy, where she won an historic agreement that reduced truck pollution at the Port and surrounding neighborhoods — helping tens of thousands of local children breathe cleaner air.

Served on the Board of Harbor Commissioners

Patricia was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, where she developed strategies to protect and create jobs and improved air quality at the largest port in the nation. 

Over 20 Years Fighting for Economic Justice in Los Angeles

Patricia led nationally recognized campaigns in some of L.A.'s regions hardest hit by poverty and unemployment, helping to create good-paying public sector jobs throughout the County and right here in the district.

Recognized by Local, Democratic, and Business Leaders

"2015 Woman of Achievement" by L.A. City Council, "2012 Democrat of the Year" by L.A. County Democratic Party, and "2006 Woman of the Year" by Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Served on the board of L.A. League of Conservation Voters.

Priorities for Our Public Schools

Patricia Castellanos works to bring our community together to support our public schools - because she believes EVERY child deserves the opportunity to succeed and access to a fully-funded public school close to home.


1.  Safe School Recovery

As a parent who is distance learning with her own LAUSD second grader, Patricia understands the impact of the pandemic on our families. She will bring her experience working on COVID-19 relief to the School Board and will prioritize a safe recovery of our schools.

3.  Increased Student Support

Patricia will fight for more nurses, social workers and counselors that are critical to mental health services, special education, and clean, safe learning environments. She will work to expand programs and services for children and families.

2.  Smaller Class Sizes

Patricia will fight for smaller class sizes for all grades because they lead to better and safer learning environments. She will work with teachers, classified workers and administrators for a school budget focused on students and classroom resources.

4.  Invest in Public Education

Patricia will fight to reinvest in public education by partnering with teachers, parents, staff, business and community stakeholders. She will work with the School Board to find revenue at all levels - especially statewide funding for public education, which lags far behind most states in per-pupil funding.

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