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Stephanie Loredo (https://stephanieloredo.com), an advocate for education, sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), today announced she has been endorsed by Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats (https://www.palad.org). Stephanie is a candidate for Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) Governing Board Member. Chartered with the LA County Democratic Party (LACDP) in 1987, Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats (PALAD) is the oldest Asian American and Pacific Islander Democratic club in Los Angeles.
Filipino and Asian Americans are underrepresented on the Boards of Education of the public school districts. More than 12% of California K-12 students are of Asian descent, yet only 4% of school board trustees are Asian American. Los Angeles County is home to the largest Filipino population outside of the Philippines and it serves more that 30,000 students who identify as Filipino. Stephanie would be the first Filipina American elected to a school board on the Westside in LA.
From the PALAD Board: “The Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats is proud to endorse Stephanie Loredo for school board given her strong vision for a more inclusive school environment. With the rise of anti-Asian hate and the weight of the pandemic still impacting students and families, Stephanie brings an active sense of urgency on ways CCUSD can improve current school climates, such as creating a clear framework for reporting hate incidents and attracting, training, and retaining qualified and culturally competent staff.”
PALAD’s mission is to organize and mobilize the Filipino American community in Los Angeles County. It is dedicated to promoting political empowerment and increasing civic engagement and participation in the Filipino American community. Its endorsement committee determined endorsements based on candidates that are committed to supporting the Filipino American and Asian American communities and are aligned with the values held both by PALAD and the Democratic Party platform.
“PALAD has been a pillar for Filipinos in Los Angeles through its efforts increasing civic engagement and promoting political empowerment in our community. I am grateful for its support of my mission to strengthen public schools and lift all students,” said Stephanie Loredo. “Being endorsed by one of the most influential Democratic voices of Filipinos in the U.S. affirms the importance and urgency for representation in public office decisions that impact marginalized people.”
Stephanie’s vision for public schools resonates with regional Democratic organizations and community leaders that are advocating for more community engagement in government. Public schools are foundational to thriving, healthy communities. Stephanie is focused on building a culture of care in CCUSD that embraces the fullness of community members’ humanity. She is committed to developing an environment in public schools where everyone feels safe, heard, validated and supported to achieve.
About Stephanie Loredo
A candidate for Culver City Unified School Board, Stephanie Loredo is a Filipina American progressive who organizes for local Culver City organizations and regional Los Angeles initiatives. Stephanie is a member of the 2021-2022 Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Partner Advisory Committee and is part of the CCUSD Inclusive Practices Administrative Regulations Committee and the CCUSD Equity Advisory Committee. From her previous career, she brings more than a decade of experience managing hundreds of millions of dollars in annual advertising spend. An advocate for education, sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), Stephanie’s vision is to build a culture of care that empowers students, faculty, staff and families to thrive in public schools. Stephanie is committed to collaborating with community members to harvest resources, empower stakeholders and cultivate energy around the culture of care pillars of achievement, belonging and community.