Tanya Ortiz Franklin is an educator and leader who grew up in our community and has served the students of Los Angeles Unified for the past 15 years. Raised by a single mother who immigrated from Mexico, Tanya learned from a young age the importance of education and decided to pursue a career in education to prepare more young people to fulfill their greatest potential. After graduating from Columbia University, Tanya came back to serve her community and became a public school teacher at Stephen White Middle School in 2005. Tanya was a public school teacher for five years before she was laid off in 2010 due to budget cuts stemming from the Great Recession. She applied to UCLA Law School and found new ways to continue serving students by working with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. For the last 15 years Tanya Ortiz Franklin’s work has centered on students, whether as a public school teacher, special education lawyer, or an advocate for educational equity and opportunity. Tanya is running to serve as the Board Member for Los Angeles Unified’s District 7 to make sure all students graduate fully prepared to thrive in the college and career of their choice.