Michael Menjivar is the Deputy Director of Community Engagement for LAUSD Board District 6, supporting the office of Board Member Kelly Gonez. In this role, Michael works directly with the LAUSD schools and communities in the east San Fernando Valley, where he was born and raised and where he attended public LAUSD schools. Michael is happy to be working in this capacity after serving in various policy and political roles throughout the greater LA area.
Prior to this role, Michael was the Public Policy Organizer for the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), where he advocated and led the organization's campaign efforts for more affordable housing in the Los Angeles area. To do this, he worked directly with homeless and formerly homeless populations to address the housing crisis currently facing Los Angeles and the state. Highlights included coordinating the organization's role as the regional leader in the 2018 campaign to pass Propositions 1 and 2, raising funds to build affordable and permanent supportive housing and which are are also providing homeownership opportunities for low-income people. In earlier years, Michael was a Field Director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and led their efforts in the San Fernando Valley to pass Propositions HHH and JJJ in November 2016, affordable and homeless housing measures, and to defeat Measure S and pass Measure H in March 2017, also housing measures.
Before jumping into organizing, coalition-building, and campaigns, Michael spent four years in non-profit fundraising, quickly working his way up at UCLA and learning frontline fundraising and donor solicitation. Always interested in making the transition to policy work, Michael complemented his professional experience by remaining active in his community, and joined the North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council in 2015, serving time as the Treasurer and Chair of the Land Use Committee.
The youngest son of immigrant parents from El Salvador, Michael has always been passionate about serving his community, with particular interests in education. Upon graduation from UCLA with a degree in Biology, he decided to pursue a career in public policy. Having always remained close to his community and remembering his humble upbringing, he is motivated to affect positive improvements at the local level to bring greater equity to the San Fernando Valley communities.