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Tamar Galatzan is a mother and criminal prosecutor who was elected in 2007 to represent LAUSD’s District 3, which covers the western half of the San Fernando Valley. As a result of her independent voting record, her leadership in school reform efforts and her pragmatic approach to fiscal problems, Tamar was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term in 2011. She remains the only school board member with children attending public schools in Los Angeles.
Tamar and her six colleagues on the Los Angeles Board of Education oversee the nation’s second-largest school district, with more than 650,000 students at 1,300 campuses. Tamar represents 134 schools and 132,000 students in District 3, which stretches from Studio City to West Hills.
Since she was a teenager, Tamar has been a tireless advocate for civil rights, social justice and safe neighborhoods. She is committed to providing every public school student in Los Angeles with an excellent education, regardless of their ethnicity or economic status, and ensuring they graduate from high school prepared for college or a career. She is also focused on upgrading schools with the technology they need to equip our students with 21st century skills.
Tamar has long been a passionate advocate for fiscal responsibility, working tirelessly to eliminate waste, weed out fiscal improprieties, and come up with creative solutions to save the district money and get more money back into classrooms.
A persuasive and passionate speaker, Tamar’s comments appear frequently in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and on local radio and TV stations.
Committed to serving the Valley community, Tamar is a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney who has worked as a neighborhood prosecutor since 2002. She previously served as Western States Associate Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League, where she focused on addressing discrimination and harassment in the workplace and public schools.
She attended Birmingham High School in the San Fernando Valley, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, and earned her law degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
An avid runner, Tamar has completed three marathons and several triathlons, as well as the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, in which she competes annually as a member of the L.A. City Attorney’s team.
Tamar has two sons, both of whom are receiving an excellent education at their local public school.