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Culver City Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Stephanie Loredo

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6,286 votes (16%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase student achievement by providing differentiated student support systems and improving the recruitment, training, and retention of qualified and culturally competent staff
  • Strengthen all students’ sense of belonging, particularly marginalized communities such as those with disabilities, LGBTQ+, Black & Brown folks, and create a reporting framework to interrupt and prevent bias and harassment incidents
  • Establish and bolster programs that maintain sustainable, safe, clean school facilities and keep them in good repair

Experience

Education

University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Women's Studies, Concentration: Asian Descent (1999)

Community Activities

Member, Culver City Unified School District Equity Advisory Committee (2021–current)
Member, Culver City Unified School District Local Control Accountability Plan Partner Advisory Committee (2021–2022)
Member, Culver City Unified School District Inclusive Practices Administrative Regulations Committee (2021–2022)
Project Manager, Walk ‘n Rollers 10th Anniversary Festival planning committee (2021–2022)
Member, Culver City Middle School Parent Teacher & Student Association DEI Committee (2021–2022)

Biography

Stephanie Loredo is an advocate for education, sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). A Filipina American Progressive, Stephanie organizes for local organizations in Culver City as well as regional initiatives throughout Los Angeles.

 

Working to elevate the values and standards in our public schools, Stephanie is a member of the 2021-2022 Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Partner Advisory Committee, which drives supplemental funding for special education, English learners, foster youth and other often underserved student groups in the district. She is also part of the CCUSD Inclusive Practices Administrative Regulations Committee and the CCUSD Equity Advisory Committee.

 

Local community causes Stephanie has given her skills, energy, and time to include Walk ‘n Rollers and Nourish LA. Stephanie served on the Walk ‘n Rollers 10th Anniversary Festival planning committee, galvanizing 100 volunteers for the bike-scoot-skate event, whose theme was safety and sustainability. Stephanie also utilizes her home as a hub for donations to Nourish LA, a non-profit that organizes weekly distribution for neighbors experiencing food insecurity.

 

Stephanie is a contributor on the Culver City Middle School (CCMS) Parent Teacher & Student Association DEI and Special Education Committees; the CCUSD Environmental Sustainability Committee; and the Culver City High School School Site Council. She is also a CCMS Girls Lacrosse volunteer coach. When her children were at El Rincon Elementary School, Stephanie served as Walk to School Day chairperson. She expanded her advocacy as a member of the Culver City Safe Routes to School Committee, working with stakeholders from local school sites, the school board, city council, and Public Works Department to address safe and sustainable school travel. As a Los Angeles County Department of Health parent ambassador, Stephanie is a trusted source of information on COVID-19 safety measures. Stephanie was media relations manager for the Games Organizing Committee of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, a national sporting event with 3,500 athletes, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 attendees. 

 

In her professional career, Stephanie served as vice president, national broadcast, at Zenith Media, leading the orchestration of $300+ million in annual advertising spend for consumer brands. An alpha Kappa Delta Phi Asian-interest sorority alumna, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, concentration in Asian Descent, minor in Asian American Studies. Raised in New Jersey, Stephanie is a self-starter who values character and diversity of thought in all aspects of life. An adventurer at heart, she grows, creates, and chefs at her homestead in Culver City, CA with her husband and their two children.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Culver City Democratic Club
  • National Women's Political Caucus Los Angeles Westside

Organizations (7)

  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Equality California
  • Asian Democrats of Los Angeles County
  • Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats
  • Westside Young Democrats
  • Sierra Club
  • SEIU-UHW United Healthcare Workers West

Elected Officials (13)

  • Culver City Mayor Dr. Daniel Lee
  • City of Artesia Mayor Melissa Ramoso
  • Culver City Council Member Alex Fisch
  • Culver City Unified School District Board Vice President Paula Amezola, MPH
  • Culver City Unified School District Board Member Kelly Kent, Ph.D.
  • City of Sierra Madre Council Member Rachelle Arizmendi
  • City of Cerritos Council Member Frank Aurelio Yokoyama
  • Former Culver City Unified School District Board Member Dr. Tashon McKeithan
  • Former Culver City Unified School District Board Member Dr. Karlo Silbiger
  • Former Culver City Unified School District Board Member Stephen Schwartz
  • Former Culver City Unified School District Board Member Barbara Honig
  • Former Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells
  • Former City of Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido

Individuals (1)

  • California Democratic Party AD54 Delegate Dr. Leah Pressman

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in a culture of care that empowers students, teachers, staff, and families to thrive in schools. A culture of care embraces the fullness of our community members’ humanity and ability to learn and grow in healthy ways. When people are in a nurturing school climate with resources to be the best version of themselves, they generate positive energy and good will that is channeled to others within Culver City Unified School District and beyond.

 

Public schools are foundational to thriving, healthy communities. They are the roots from which youth can grow each day and envision their lives in the future. They are the nourishing homes that we collectively own and we are accountable for their enrichment. They are the structures that our communities bloom around. The strength of our school district is predicated on the character and values of the people who are here every day. These people depend on the personal growth and happiness gained from a robust public school system bolstered by a culture of care.

 

The CCUSD Board of Education can develop a culture of care by harvesting resources, empowering stakeholders and cultivating energy around three key pillars: Achievement, Belonging, and Community. As a member of the Board, my mission will be to collaborate with community members to strengthen the elements of these pillars. Our students (from early learners through adults), their families, and all district employees need this support to thrive.

 

Achievement

  • Provide support that meets all students where they are with an emphasis on differentiation

  • Attract, train, and retain highly qualified and culturally competent staff

  • Offer open and equitable access to rigorous standards aligned, culturally relevant, and inclusive instructional curricula

  • Equip our schools with up to date technology and provide professional development so best practices are implemented and innovation is encouraged in every classroom 

  • Strengthen our commitment to transparent, timely, informative and respectful dialogue among all stakeholders

Belonging

  • Foster an empathetic and inclusive mindset by authentically serving often marginalized community members including those with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, English learners, foster youth, unhoused, Black, Brown, and low income families

  • Implement practices that reflect our values, including structuring reporting frameworks to hold every district employee accountable for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion 

  • Elevate inclusion practices: create site specific support systems for students with special needs

  • Apply equity mandates in agreements with third party partners such as aides, substitutes, and security contractors

  • Improve our counselor to student ratios

Community

  • Apply a social justice framework for the fair distribution of resources and equitable treatment of all students to help them feel safe and secure, physically and psychologically

  • Advocate for programs that maintain safe, clean school facilities and keep them in good repair

    • Strengthen programs that aid in safe and sustainable mobility

    • Support local and state efforts for tougher gun restrictions - especially assault weapons - Reimagine safety in schools without police presence,  providing more robust systems of support and positive behavior interventions

  • Support the health and wellness of all students and staff by joining local efforts for abundant and more affordable housing, providing livable wages and making sure district employees have access to childcare

  • Implement, fund and improve environmental sustainability initiatives in energy, food services, and waste management

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