Caprice Young, President

Los Angeles Unified School District - Board of Education

 

In July of 1999, Caprice Young was sworn into office as one of three new members of the Los Angeles School Board.   In the past three years, she and her colleagues have begun a large-scale reform effort focused on raising student achievement, building community-centered schools, increasing teacher quality, improving management effectiveness, restoring arts education, expanding after school programs and implementing instructional and business technology.

Caprice’s commitment to children is genetic.  She is the daughter of a special education teacher and a juvenile probation officer/minister, and the grand daughter of a professor of education at the California State University at Northridge.  She grew up as one of two biological children of a family that has embraced more than two dozen foster children and foreign exchange students over the last 37 years.  She is the President Emeritus of Hollygrove, a home for abused and neglected children, where she developed a technology learning center that helps children read and learn (www.hollygrove.org) and continues to serve on the Board.

When she is not serving students, Caprice Young works as a technology consultant. Young previously worked as Managing Director of Consulting Services for PeopleLink, a technology company that creates on-line communities.  In addition, she is the former Strategy Consulting Group Manager of IBM's West Coast e-Business Innovations Design Center (from 1997-2000). As the Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles from 1994-1997, she led reform efforts in technology, infrastructure and budget. Twice, the LA Business Journal named her one of the city's top technology professionals.

Caprice Young is a sixth-generation resident of Los Angeles.  She attended LAUSD schools in the San Fernando Valley, earned her bachelor's degree from Yale University and an MPA from USC. She was a member of the Coro class of 1989.

Caprice Young and her husband, Mark Dierking, live on the Hollywood/Studio City Border with their three daughters, Alexandra Frances (age 6 years), Roxanne Sonnet (age 3 years) and Rosalie, who was born in June 2002.

The Third Board District includes the communities of Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Granada Hills, Studio City, North Hollywood, West Hills, Toluca Lake, Reseda Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Valley Glen, North Hills, Northridge and parts of Woodland Hills and Tarzana.