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Jefferson Crain

Jefferson Crain recently retired as the longest serving Executive Officer of the Board of Education in the 168 year history of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was directly hired by the Board of Education, the governing body of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Over the past 32 years he worked for 34 Board Members and worked with 9 District Superintendents. In his role as Executive Officer of the Board Mr. Crain oversaw all administrative matters relating to the operations of the Board of Education and its 49 staff and administered a $7 million office budget. He served as the liaison between the Board of Education and District staff, other public agencies and officials, labor and community organizations and community members with respect to functions of the Board of Education and developed and implemented procedures for ensuring that the public is provided every opportunity to be fully informed of actions to be taken by the Board of Education.

Mr. Crain received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Science from the University of California Berkeley.  He has a Secondary Teaching Credential in Mathematics with Supplementary Authorizations in Physics and Chemistry from Cal State University Los Angeles.  He received a California School Business Management Certificate from USC and was given membership in the Kappa Delta Phi Education Honor Society. He is a former Commissioner, Pasadena Choice Commission, Pasadena Unified School District; Founding Member, Mental Health Association Human Services Academy Advisory Board; Co-Founder and former Volunteer Director of the Children’s Art Project of the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN); a member of the National Writers Union and Editor for 5 years of LA Writer a quarterly journal for local writers. He was also Chair of the Measure M Construction Bond Oversight Committee, South Pasadena Unified School District and a member of the National Organizers Alliance.