Yolie Flores Aguilar
Vice President, Board of Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
Yolie Flores Aguilar serves on the Board of Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the nation. A nationally-renowned and tireless advocate for children, Aguilar has dedicated her life to helping ensure that all kids grow up with opportunities to lead rich and fulfilling lives.
Serving the children and families of LAUSD District 5, Aguilar represents a diverse community of 115, 000 students at 116 schools, in a region that encompasses 14 localities. The majority of these students lives among some of the poorer areas in the state and are predominantly English learners.
AguilarÕs agenda is to create a future where all students succeed, and where accountability is shared by administrators, teachers, parents, labor, business, and the community at large. Her priorities include creating small, safe, personalized schools that serve as centers of the community; improving teacher quality; ensuring the success and transition of English Learner students; expanding and honoring the role of parents; and allowing access to vocational and college prep courses for all students.
Most recently, Aguilar served as CEO of the Los Angeles County ChildrenÕs Planning Council, the largest childrenÕs partnership network in the United States. In this capacity for almost a decade, Aguilar led an ambitious change agenda for children that included systems reform, community engagement, and policy efforts to improve conditions for children. Previously, she was a senior consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the director of child care policy and planning for the City of Los Angeles; and the work/family director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a nationally acclaimed employer supported childcare program.
A former president of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, Aguilar also held the vice presidency of the Board of Directors of the Pediatric and Family Medical Center. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee for the Evaluation of ChildrenÕs Health, and was a Mayoral appointee to the City of Los Angeles WIB Youth Advisory Council.
Aguilar received her B.A. from the University of Redlands and her masterÕs in social welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a Coro City Focus Fellow, and a member of the inaugural class of the national Annie E. Casey FoundationÕs Children and Family Fellowship. Most recently, Aguilar participated in the US/South Africa Emerging Leaders Program, and was a member of the L.A. delegation to Tel Aviv, Israel with a focus on child welfare issues.