PACE is your voice in the political arena

Above, Rachel Maddow explains, "As go unions, so goes the Democratic Party." In 2017, the LAUSD School Board elections became the most expensive in U.S. history when billionaires spent nearly $15 million in outside spending for a seat on the Board. We can fight back with your PACE contributions to help us pay for voter communications, such as direct mail campaigns, phonebanking, precinct walking, social media, TV and Radio Commercials and other means to support political candidates and initiatives who support YOU and to also fight those who want to harm our interests.


Join PACE today

PACE pools the resources of its members and provides a war chest to fund political campaigns aimed at protecting our students, our educators and our rights. We use PACE to support bills and candidates that are pro-equitable education. 

PACE is funded exclusively by members of UTLA who choose to join PACE and thereby agree to make modest monthly contributions in addition to their normal UTLA dues.

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LAUSD Board Members Directory

Get Board member email addresses, phone numbers & agendas.

Contact PACE Organizers

Political Director Mario Valenzuela 213.368.6211


Oraiu manages the overall development, implementation, and evaluation of UTLA’s political field campaigns and UTLA’s efforts to shape policy and legislation in locations through lobbying in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.  Collaboratively, he also directs the building of relationships and accountability between our members, parents, community and elected officials at local, state and national levels, on an organizing, as well as, rank-and file based approach.


Astine Suleimanyan, Political Organizer — Astine can be reached at or 213.637.5174 

Astine leads UTLA field campaigns to pass pro-public education and related legislation and to elect UTLA-endorsed candidates.  Such campaigns involve union leadership, professional and other UTLA staff, campaign organizing coordinators, member volunteers and community service volunteers.  She also guides the design and implementation of campaigns and political strategies to promote pro-public education and related legislation and policies, and to elect UTLA-endorsed candidates. 


Evy provides administrative, technical, and clerical support for the Political and Strategic Research Directors. 



This page contains information paid for by Political Action Council of Educators, Sponsored by Teachers Unions, Including United Teachers Los Angeles. This information is not authorized by any candidate or a committee controlled by any candidate.