David Tokofsky was elected to the Los Angeles Unified School Districtís Board of Education in June 1995. As the Board Member for District Five, he represents a population of over 600,000 stretching from Northeast Los Angeles through East Los Angeles to the Southeast Cities. Communities in his district include: Atwater, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, and Highland Park in the northeast; unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and City Terrace in the east; and Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate and Vernon in the southeast. David is chairperson of the Committee of the Whole of the Board of Education, the Ad Hoc Committee on After School Program, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Parent Community Advisory Councils. In addition, he is a member of the Curriculum & Instruction Committee, the Human Resources Committee, and the School Safety, Health and Human Services committee. He also represents the local School Board on the California State Board Association and the County Committee for School District Reorganization. He serves on the Boards of Project Restore, Junior Statesmen, Arts Net, and the Los Angeles County Art Museumís Art Initiative.
David taught Social Studies and English as a Second Language courses at John Marshall High School for 12 years. He coached the Los Angeles Unified School Districtís first National Academic Decathlon Championship Team in 1987. He was active in drafting John Marshallís School-Based Management plan and served on various governance committees during his tenure there. As a grant writer, he secured $750,000 from a foundation for his high school to develop a Next Century School. David also served on two working groups that helped to shape L.E.A.R.N., which is Los Angelesí major educational reform effort.
He graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983 receiving degrees in both Spanish and History. He earned his teaching credentials in History, Spanish and Social Studies from California State University at Northridge. While in the classroom, David received several honors for leadership and excellence in teaching, including the United States Department of Educationís Christa McAuliffe Fellowship. He has received three National Endowment for Humanities study grants and was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Mexico and Central America. U.C. Berkeleyís Law School awarded him a Clio Fellowship for the study of the U.S. Constitution. Stanford University twice gave him COE Fellowship to study 20th century United States History.