Hon. José Huizar
Board Member
Los Angeles Unified School District


José Huizar was elected to represent the Second District of the Los Angeles Board of Education on April 10, 2001. Mr. Huizar served two terms as Board President from July 2003 through June 2005.

A champion for educational justice within our school system, Mr. Huizar has earned a reputation as an aggressive policymaker who tackles difficult issues and gets results for LAUSD students and their families. Under his leadership, the district has undertaken the largest public works program in the country with the establishment of a plan to build 160 new schools in the next eight years. He has led the charge on several instructional reforms at the school district, including the historical establishment of a core curriculum to provide access to college preparatory course for all students, the implementation of a District-wide English Language Learner Initiative, and has worked with community organizations and the Harvard Civil Rights Project to provide strategies to reduce the District’s drop-out rates. Mr. Huizar’s interest in bringing additional accountability to the district has led him to work with Los Angeles City and others in the establishment of a City of Los Angeles/LAUSD commission to examine LAUSD governance, the first comprehensive evaluation of the District in its over 150 year history.

Mr. Huizar has been recently profiled in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 25 figures in the Los Angeles area that "stand out for their potential to shape lives," and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Princeton University.

Mr. Huizar began his career working on education policy for the California State Legislature, and later worked at various Downtown law firms.  He currently serves as an attorney for Escobar, Avila, Christopher, and Ruiz LLP.

He is a native of Zacatecas, Mexico. Board Member Huizar was raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. Berkeley, a Master’s in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University, and his Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law. He currently resides in the El Sereno neighborhood of East Los Angeles with his wife Richelle and their daughters Emilia and Isabella Rose.

School Board District 2 includes the communities of Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Chinatown, Echo Park, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Lincoln Heights, Pico/Union area, Mid-Wilshire, and Downtown Los Angeles.