The LA Unified Advisory Task Force was created to help the Superintendent and leadership team implement change. While it is the role of the LAUSD Board to set strategy and establish policy, there is much work to be done at the operating level to accelerate the pace of change.

The driving force behind the Advisory Task Force’s work is the belief that quality public education is the right of every child and the foundation of every community. A good education is the best path out of poverty and will provide every child with a chance to succeed in life.

The Task Force and the District recognize that we need to do more to bring about meaningful change in our public education system. The status quo is not good enough.


Task Force

Austin Beutner, co-chair
Founder, Vision to Learn

Elise Buik
President and CEO,
United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Wendy Greuel
Executive in Residence, David Nazarian
College of Business and Economics, CSUN

Sherry Lansing
Founder and CEO,
The Sherry Lansing Foundation

Dr. Pedro Noguera
Distinguished Professor of Education,
UCLA, and Director, Center for the
Study of School Transformation

Miguel Santana
President and CEO,
Los Angeles County Fair Association

Laphonza Butler, co-chair
President, SEIU Local 2015

Chris Silbermann
Partner, ICM

Renata Simril
President and CEO, LA84 Foundation

Michael Spagna
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs,
CSUDH, and formerly Dean, Michael
D. Eisner College of Education, CSUN

Helen Torres
Executive Director, Hispanas Organized
for Political Equality (HOPE)

Jake Winebaum
CEO and Founder, Brighter, Inc.

Janelle Erickson
Executive Director, LAUSD Advisory
Task Force