Board of Education

LACOE is governed by the Los Angeles County Board of Education, whose seven members are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to two- and four-year terms. The Board of Education establishes LACOE policies and governs the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and International Polytechnic High School.
Each of the county’s 80 school districts and 13 community college districts is autonomous, with each district’s board of education managing its budget and setting its policies. In general, the Los Angeles County Board of Education’s only direct authority over local districts is in matters of interdistrict attendance appeals, school district boundary changes and expulsion appeals. 

Board Members

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  • Douglas
    Douglas R. Boyd, Sr.

    Douglas R. Boyd, Sr., President

    Douglas R. Boyd, Sr., was appointed to the Board in 2008. He has been an attorney for the past 31 years, practicing in the areas of state and local taxation, criminal, governmental and administrative law. He has also served as chief of staff to a state legislator, a member of the State Board of Equalization and as chief deputy assessor for Los Angeles County.


    Mr. Boyd earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in Public Administration from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He serves on several nonprofit boards and has a long history of involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout, Mr. Boyd and his wife Linda are the proud parents of 11 children and have also been foster parents. Both of his parents were public school teachers, his father for half a century.


    Mr. Boyd has served as a judge pro tempore in Los Angeles County Municipal and Superior Courts, and received a commendation from the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2002 for his volunteer efforts.


    He served three years overseas as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Outstanding Unit award with Combat V device.

  • Alex
    Alex Johnson
    Vice President

    Alex Johnson, Vice President

    Alex Johnson was appointed to the Board in 2014 by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Currently, he is the Executive Director for the Children’s Defense Fund-California. Alex formerly served as Assistant Senior Deputy for Education and Public Safety to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Born, raised and educated in Los Angeles, he is the product of Los Angeles public schools and the son of a retired LAUSD teacher and a retired truck driver. Alex has worked collaboratively with education advocates to increase access to quality early childhood education programs.


    Prior to his work in Los Angeles County, Alex worked with school instructional leaders in the New York City Department of Education. He assessed teachers’ instructional strengths and provided professional support to teachers to aid their classroom effectiveness. He earned a substitute teacher’s license and taught constitutional law and civics to high school students as a Fellow with the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.  Additionally, Alex served as an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College, one of 23-colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system.


    As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, he advocated on behalf of indigent defendants at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Alex began his public service experience as an intern in the offices of U.S. Representatives Julian Dixon and Juanita Millender-McDonald.  He served as an aide to Georgia State Representative Douglas C. Dean.


    Alex worked for the late noted attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., a tireless advocate for justice on behalf of people in underserved and underrepresented communities. Alex continued in the tradition of Johnnie Cochran as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx, New York where he advocated for victims of domestic violence and sought to protect them by helping them secure safe housing and mental health services.


    Alex is a graduate of Morehouse College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (cum laude). He earned his Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law.

    Alex serves on the Board of Directors for the California Alliance for Arts Education and the Wiley Center for Speech and Language Development. Alex sits on the selection committee for the Children’s Defense Fund’s ‘Beat the Odds’ scholarship program.


    Alex is the author of Beyond Higher Education: The Need for African-Americans to be “Knowledge Producers."

  • James
    James Cross
    Board Member

    James Cross, Board Member

    James Cross was appointed to the Board in 2017. He was the founder of Port of Los Angeles High School and served as its executive director from 2005 to 2015.


    Previously, he operated Cross America Inc., a financial services company, and served as director of operations for the Academic Financial Services Association. Mr. Cross also served as financial manager of California State University, Dominguez Hills during its transition from a college to its accreditation as a university.


    He earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach and his master's from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He pursued further studies in Organizational Communication at the University of Southern California.

  • Monte
    Monte E. Perez, Ph.D.
    Board Member

    Monte E. Perez, Ph.D., Board Member

    Monte E. Perez was appointed to the Board in 2015. He has served as president of Los Angeles Mission College since 2011. He was previously president of Moreno Valley College in Riverside County.


    He started his career in higher education as assistant director of Admissions at Stanford University. He later joined California State University, Los Angeles as director of Educational Opportunity Program and Student Support Services.


    Selected as a policy fellow for the U.S. Department of Education, he became a senior policy analyst for the Secretary of Education. Upon his return to California, Dr. Perez served as Regional Director for the Educational Testing Service, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs for the National Hispanic University in San Jose, and vice president of Student Services at Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach.


    Dr. Perez serves on the Governing Board for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and on the national Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Boards. He also serves on the Secretary of Labor’s National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships. At the state level, Dr. Perez is the Chair of CCLC’s Advisory Committee on Legislation and the State Chancellor’s Economic Development Program Advisory Committee.


    Dr. Perez earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Government from California State University, Los Angeles, and his master’s and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California.

  • Thomas
    Thomas A. Saenz
    Board Member

    Thomas A. Saenz, Board Member

    Thomas A. Saenz was appointed to the Board by Sup. Gloria Molina in 2001 and reappointed in 2003, 2007 and 2011. He was reappointed by Supervisor Hilda Solis in October 2016 for a four-year term. Mr. Saenz is president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national civil rights organization.

    From 2005 to 2009, Saenz was counsel to the mayor of the City of Los Angeles, providing legal and policy advice to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. From 1993 to 2005, Mr. Saenz was an attorney with MALDEF, where he served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile civil rights cases in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, immigrants’ rights and education equity.

    Mr. Saenz previously served as president of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. He is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.