My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science, Masters of Public Policy/Administration (MPA) from California State University-Northridge and a graduate of USC’s Public Policy Institute. As a small business owner for more than 20 years I have gained invaluable, on the job, skills/experience. The skills and experience in creating budgets, contract negotiation and public relations; all are imperative to implementing public policy on the LAUSD Board.As importantly, I am a mother of a special needs child on the autism spectrum, who have attended LAUSD Public Schools his entire educational career. I educated myself on LAUSD policies/IEP processes, in order to advocate for my own son. I used these very same skills to advocate for other LAUSD children who too have been disenfranchised.