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March 5, 2019 — Local Elections
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Los Angeles Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 5

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Heather Repenning

Parent/City Commissioner
4,334 votes (13.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reducing student to teacher ratios and proper staffing at school sites
  • Expand early education access
  • Increasing funding for art, sports, and after school programs

Experience

Experience

Profession:City Commissioner, LAUSD Parent
Vice President, Los Angeles City Board of Public Works — Appointed position (2015–2018)
Director of External Affairs, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (2013–2015)

Education

UC, Irvine MA, Comparative Literature (2001)
Swarthmore College BA, Literature (1996)

Biography

Heather Repenning is an LAUSD parent with over 18 years of experience working in local government and solving problems that face everyday Angelenos. Heather has served in a variety of key roles for Mayor Eric Garcetti, including Director of External Affairs for the Mayor's Office where she helped lead the campaign to pass Los Angeles' historic citywide fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage. She has worked to bring together city agencies and community groups to solve problems, bring cleaner water, more parks, and better school campuses to neighborhoods across Los Angeles.

Heather’s daughter is a second-grader in LAUSD Public Schools. As an LAUSD parent, she has experienced firsthand the problems with LAUSD and its massive bureaucracy, and knows what we need to do to fix it.

Heather wants to bring her back-to-basics experience to help lift up our school communities, to bring innovation, resources, and partnerships to support what is working for our kids, and to take on the challenges that we face in providing a great education for every child.

Heather believes that schools should be at the center of each community and should be a place where our kids’ needs are met through excellent teachers, support staff like nurses and counselors, healthy food, and instruction in music, the arts, PE, languages, and technology. 

​As a mom, Heather understands the urgency of improving public education. Heather believes that this starts with more resources in the classroom and less bureaucracy.  She wants to permanently reduce class sizes and provide fully staffed school campuses.  She also wants create collaborative learning environments by empowering local school communities- including principals, teachers and other education workers, and parents- to make decisions and allocate resources in a way that makes sense for each school.   

Heather has been part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's work in our city for over a decade, serving as his Field Deputy for Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Valley, and Glassell Park and as his District Director while he represented Los Angeles's Council District 13.  She also worked for LAUSD to involve parents and communities in the process of building new schools to address overcrowding.  She most recently served as the Vice President of the Board of Public works where she provides oversight and transparency over sanitation, street services, street lighting, engineering, and contract administration to ensure that City services are cost efficient, equitable, and environmentally friendly.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99
  • Sierra Club - Angeles Chapter

Organizations (5)

  • United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112
  • Laborers Local 300
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) LA Metro
  • New Frontier Democratic Club

Elected Officials (5)

  • U.S. Congressmember Mike Levin
  • Assistant Speaker and State Assemblymember Laura Friedman
  • Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz

Individuals (5)

  • Jimmie Woods Gray, Retired LAUSD teacher and former Chair of the LA County Democratic Party
  • Catherine Geanuracos, Board Chair, Ciclavia
  • Gail Willis, LAUSD teacher
  • Tammy Membraño, Non profit leader and Executive Director of the Barrio Action Youth and Family Center
  • Miguel Luna, Founder, Urban Semillas

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Chronic under-resourcing of school campuses is a critical challenge facing LAUSD. If elected to the Board, I will take an approach that looks first at developing and leveraging existing staff in a way that is cost-efficient and that empowers school employees. I will also build a strong coalition to ensure proper funding for public education. 

Poverty is also a huge challenge that our District faces. We need District leadership that can bring together different levels of government and partners from the non-profit sector to provide supportive services for our families on and around our school campuses so that our students come into the classroom ready to learn. 

Finally, we need more local control at our school sites. Parents and school leaders and staff know what they need in their community to help their students succeed, but unfortunately LAUSD does not empower local communities to make the changes that they need.

Videos (1)

— January 29, 2019 Heather Repenning for School Board 2019

Titled "Qualified," the digital ad highlights Mayor Eric Garcetti's endorsement, and comes on the heels of Garcetti's successful effort to bring LAUSD and UTLA together to end the recent strike by finding common ground and advancing progress for students, teachers and our schools.

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